Sunday, March 19 at 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
The Golisano Foundation and Special Olympics will honor seven healthcare organizations and professionals from around the world who are breaking down the barriers and creating access to health care for the most marginalized on earth, people with intellectual disabilities. Honorees to be announced at a ceremony in Schladming, Austria at the 2017 Special Olympics Winter World Games.
NOTE TO EDITORS:
Ann Costello will be available for interviews Wednesday March 7 prior to arriving in Austria.
On March 19 - Interview opportunities will be available with the Golisano Global Health Leadership Award Honorees, with Golisano Foundation Executive Director, Ann Costello, and Special Olympics Leadership. A link to press materials will be sent after the press conference.
The Golisano Foundation, one of the largest private foundations dedicated to helping people with intellectual disabilities, along with Special Olympics, the largest public health organization for people with intellectual disabilities (ID), will honor seven recipients of the first-ever Golisano Global Health Leadership Awards.
The award is Special Olympics' highest honor for health partners and individuals. It was created to recognize healthcare champions who are on the front lines in their communities making extraordinary efforts and contributions to Special Olympics Health programs, promoting inclusive healthcare, wellness, and fitness for people with intellectual disabilities.
Special Olympics' global health program is made possible with the support of American philanthropist Tom Golisano and his foundation, and many other partners.
For millions of people with intellectual disabilities (ID), access to basic health care is a major challenge. Through its fitness and wellness programs and partnerships with the Golisano Foundation, global partners, governments and policy-making organizations, Special Olympics is paving the way for inclusive health around the world. Special Olympics Healthy Athletes offers free health exams and health education to athletes, and training to health professionals at Special Olympics events. Special Olympics Healthy Communities is expanding unprecedented year-round access to quality health care in people's communities.