Our Mission

To provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.

We offer traditional sports for individuals with intellectual disabilities and Unified Sports® for individuals with and without intellectual disabilities.

Letter from Our President and Board Chair

Michelle Zettergran

Board of Directors Chair

Beau Doherty

Special Olympics Connecticut President

With a year marked by challenges, isolation and uncertainty brought on by a global pandemic, we at Special Olympics Connecticut are proud of the way our athletes, coaches, volunteers, supporters, Board Members and staff have remained positive, resilient, dedicated and connected in more ways than we could have imagined possible.

Notably, we:

  • Established a SOCTFit5 Facebook group, more than 600 members strong, which offers live workouts, fitness challenges, resources for good nutrition and a social network that provides athletes with encouragement and recognition from their peers and friends.
  • We held four state games, three of which were mostly virtual, to motivate athletes and keep them moving with a variety of sports activities they could complete in the safety of their own backyard or neighborhood and put together video celebrations to honor their achievements. We even introduced new sports like Hip Hop Dance and Corn Hole! Limited in-person events were held, including some bowling practices, croquet and golf skills competition, but only where and when social distancing and safety protocols could be strictly enforced.
  • We also created the SOCT Zoom Room to offer all athletes a place to meet up for events like dances, bingo, art classes, talent shows and trivia contests.

It was heartbreaking to hear of the depression, illness, loneliness and fear that some of our athletes were feeling but energizing and fulfilling to hear what their connection to Special Olympics has meant and continues to mean to them. For many, Special Olympics is a lifeline that gives them hope, surrounds them with friends and people who care about and love them, allows them to receive healthcare that would otherwise be out of reach and lets them know that anything is possible and that their opportunities should be limitless!

To everyone who supported us in 2020, thank you for standing by us at a time when we needed your belief and investment in us the most. We are deeply grateful. Special Olympics is here to stay as we continue to create a revolution that demands acceptance, understanding, respect - and inclusion - for people with and without intellectual disabilities - to create a more compassionate and peaceful world where everyone has a chance to shine.

Our Sports
& Participants

Our Sports

  • Alpine Skiing
  • Athletics
  • Basketball
  • Bocce
  • Bowling
  • Cheerleading
  • Cornhole
  • Croquet
  • Cross-Country Skiing
  • Curling
  • Cycling
  • Dancing
  • Figure Skating
  • Fishing
  • Flag Football
  • Floor Hockey
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Long-Distance Running
  • Powerlifting
  • Sailing
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowshoeing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Speed Skating
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball





with intellectual disabilities


Unified Sports® Partners

Individuals without intellectual disabilities





The Special Olympics Connecticut family also includes hundreds of coaches and thousands of volunteers and friends who support and sponsor us. (16,000 in previous years)


Local Programs By County

It’s at the local level—right here—where perceptions begin to change and where the miracle of transformation takes place.


  • Allied Enfield Stars
  • East Hartford Parks & Recreation
  • Hartford Board of Education
  • Manchester Supportive Living
  • MARC, Inc. of Manchester
  • Southington Sports Club
  • Special Olympics Bristol
  • Special Olympics Farmington Valley
  • Special Olympics Glastonbury
  • Special Olympics Hartford
  • Special Olympics Manchester
  • Special Olympics Manchester
  • Special Olympics Mid-State
  • Special Olympics Simsbury
  • Special Olympics South Windsor
  • Special Olympics West Hartford
  • Special Olympics Windsor
  • Special Olympics Windsor Locks
  • Team RHAM
  • Town of Newington
  • Town of Whethersfield


  • Ability Beyond
  • ARI of Connecticut, Inc.
  • Darien Lions
  • Our Vision Westport
  • River Brook Regional YMCA
  • Special Olympics Danbury
  • Special Olympics Greenwich
  • Special Olympics Norwalk
  • Special Olympics Ridgefield
  • Special Olympics Shelton
  • Special Olympics Trumbull
  • Special Olympics Weston
  • Special Olympics Westport-Weston YMCA
  • Stamford Public Schools
  • Unified Long Distance Running Team
  • Whole Life, Inc.


  • Litchfield County ARC, Inc.
  • Northwest Special Olympics Swim Team
  • Region 1 Public School District
  • Special Olympics New Milford
  • Watertown Area Association for Citizens


  • Greater Middletown Special Olympics
  • Seaside Saybrook

New Haven

  • Chapel Haven Scheifer Center
  • Connecticut Tumblers
  • Milford Operation Mainstream
  • New Haven Public Schools
  • Southbury Training School
  • Special Olympics Central Shoreline
  • Special Olympics Cheshire
  • Special Olympics Hamden
  • Special Olympics Marrakech
  • Special Olympics Naugatuck
  • Special Olympics Oxford
  • Special Olympics Tri-Town
  • Special Olympics Waterbury
  • Team North Haven
  • Team West Haven

New London

  • ARC of New London County
  • Groton Special Recreation
  • Norwich Free Academy
  • Special Olympics Griswold
  • Special Olympics Mystic-Ledyard
  • Special Olympics New London
  • Special Olympics Norwich


  • Quinebaug Valley
  • Special Olympics Willimantic
  • Team Plainfield
  • Windham Athletic Association
  • Woodstock Academy

State Competitions
& Activities


Feb 22nd - Feb 23rd

Athletes: 637
Unified Teammates: 121
Total: 758
Coaches: 252

Alpine Skiing and Snowboarding
Powder Ridge Mountain Park &
Resort, Middlefield
Cross-Country Skiing and
– Eversource,
Figure Skating and Speed Skating
International Skating Center of
Connecticut, Simsbury
Unified Floor Hockey and Skills
Pratt & Whitney, East Hartford
Gymnastics – Farmington Valley
Gymnastics & More, Plainville

Male: Peter Petrucelli
Special Olympics New Milford
Score: 27.56 seconds
100 M Snow Shoe Race

Female: Alexa Lotufo
Special Olympics Glastonbury
Score: 23.72 seconds

Male: Sebastian Diaz
Special Olympics Oxford
Score: 20.88 seconds
777M Speedskating

Male: Benjamin Campen
Score: 2:13.28 minutes 

Virtual Summer

Jun 12th - Jun 13th

Track & Field

Friday, June 12th - Virtual Opening Ceremony, Virtual Dance Party on Zoom and iHeart Connecticut

Saturday, June 13th - Virtual Sports Presentation

In-Person & Virtual Fall Sports Activities

Sept 12th - Sept 13th, Oct 17th

Saturday, September 12th &
Sunday, September 13th 

Softball Hitting Challenge
Kennedy Field, East Haven
Bocce, Cornhole, Croquet
Farmington Polo Club and
Grounds, Farmington
Golf Skills - Sleeping Giant Golf
Course, Hamden

Saturday, October 17th &
Virtual Presentation

Corn Hole
Mini Golf
Run/Walk Challenge

Virtual Unified Sports
Holiday Classic

Dec 12th

Contemporary Dance
Hip Hop Dance
Football: Punt, Pass and Kick
3-2-1 Fitness Challenge

Bowling Practices:
Several local programs held weekly in-person bowling practices for part of the season so their teammates could practice their bowling skills.

These programs include Special
Olympics Bristol, Mansfield,
Shelton, Mid-State, Mystic/
Ledyard, Newington, West
Hartford, the Town of
Wethersfield and Watertown
Special Citizens.

Unified Sports® in Schools
& Young Athletes

Unified Sports® in Schools

Special Olympics Connecticut partners with the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC) to offer the Special Olympics Unified Sports® program to students ages 2 and up in over 300 schools across Connecticut - including 95% of public high schools with students with intellectual disabilities.

The year began like most others. In January, we held a well-attended middle school leadership summit that featured motivational speakers and student-led breakout sessions to foster the exchange of ideas and activities that inspire inclusion.
With the challenges presented by the global pandemic that came about in March, the introduction of virtual activities to keep students engaged and connected soon followed. As the pandemic caused separation and isolation - inspiring a sense of unity and belonging was more necessary than ever.
To address this, deserving schools received recognition through a virtual Michaels Cup Awards Ceremony and presentations were made to schools with the most dynamic and impactful Unified Sports® programs during the year in ways that may have lacked the revelry, but didn’t lack the heart, spirit and celebration that’s synonymous with Special Olympics events. 
A lively, interactive High School Leadership Summit took place via Zoom in November and fitness challenges that could be completed by students who were able to attend their school and those learning at home, alike, were rolled out for three consecutive months. Where safety measures and social distancing could be effectively enforced, several coaches held interscholastic kickball games - at Oxford, Wilby (Waterbury) and Wolcott High Schools.  
Connecticut continues to be a leader and model of success with its ranks of Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools. What distinguishes these schools is that they have: 
- Special Olympics Unified Sports® practices and events
- Inclusive youth leadership 
- Whole-school engagement in inclusive activities 

National Banner Unified Champion Schools

National Banner Unified Champion Schools demonstrate all the activities above and, additionally, meet the 10 national standards of excellence developed by leaders from Special Olympics and the education community. Unified Champion Banner schools must also show that they can sustain their climate of inclusion for years to come.

We are pleased and proud to have 65 National Banner Unified Champion Schools, more than any other state in the country. Thirty-one new or renewed schools for this year include:

  • Brien McMahon High School (Norwalk)*
  • Brookfield High School*
  • Center School (East Hampton)
  • Memorial School (East Hampton)
  • Cheshire High School*
  • Coginchaug High School (Durham)*
  • Crosby High School (Waterbury)*
  • E.O. Smith High School (Storrs)*
  • Farmington High School*
  • Fairfield Ludlowe HS*
  • Greenwich High School*
  • Guilford High School*
  • Highland Elementary School (Cheshire)
  • Jonathan Law High School (Milford)*
  • Masuk High School (Monroe)*
  • Memorial School (East Hampton)
  • New Britain High School*
  • Newington High School*
  • Newtown High School*
  • Norwalk High School
  • Norwich Free Academy*
  • Oxford High School*
  • R.M.T. Johnson School (Bethel)
  • Rockville High School*
  • Shelton High School*
  • Southington High School*
  • Torrington High School*
  • Wilby High School (Waterbury)*
  • Windsor High School*
  • Wolcott High School*
  • Woodstock Academy*
  • *Renewed this year after being first recognized in 2016
  • 2020 Highlights

    Unified Sports® in Schools Programs

    Our 2nd Annual Middle School Unified Youth Leadership Summit took place at the Newtown Youth Academy on January 23rd and teammates and coaches from 16 schools attended. During the event, Bethel Middle School, Schaghticoke Middle School and Whisconier Middle School were recognized as Unified Champion Banner Schools for their exemplary inclusive sports and school-wide initiatives.

  • 2020 Highlights

    Unified Sports® in Schools Programs

    A virtual High School Unified Youth Leadership Summit was held on November 25th and had 350 participants including students, coaches and athletic directors from schools throughout our state that offer the Special Olympics Unified Sports program and promote inclusion throughout their schools.

    The event was hosted by inspirational speaker Aric Jackson and included breakout sessions with students from Westbrook and Oxford High Schools presenting ideas and activities they’ve done to create inclusion in their schools, recognition of exemplary Unified schools and coaches, a trivia contest and even dancing!

  • 2020 Highlights

    Unified Sports® in Schools Programs

    The Unified Sports© Michael’s Cup Award Banquet was held virtually to honor outstanding Unified Sports schools, coaches and teammates. Rockville High School was named high school program of the year for its inclusion-centric activities and Whisconier Middle School of Brookfield was named middle school program of the year for the growth of its program. 
    The George Synnott Coach of the Year honor went to Jennifer LaCapra of Oxford High School and Henry Marchand of Torrington Middle School. The Unified Sports Athletic Director of the Year Award was presented to John Niski, the Athletic Director at Shelton High School. In addition, students from around the state received Mike Savage teammate awards, with two Unified teammates per school earning this recognition. 

Young Athletes

We also continue to offer a Young Athletes program for participants ages 2 to 7. This program focuses on developing a child’s basic sport skills including running, kicking and throwing. It also helps budding athletes develop important social skills like playing with others, learning to share and following directions as well healthy habits to practice and build on in the future. This program is also offered through Special Olympics Connecticut’s long standing partnership with the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference.

& Fitness

Health & Fitness

As we continued to navigate the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on all of our lives, Special Olympics Connecticut offered athletes ways to stay active, healthy and connected with our Special Olympics community through virtual health and fitness opportunities. In mid-March of 2020, we created the SOCT Fit 5 Facebook Group, designed to provide athletes with tools to stay active and healthy at home while encouraging them to continue training in the absence of practices and competitions.

We hosted three eight-week fitness challenges for SOCT athletes to participate in via the SOCT Fit 5 Facebook Group. During these challenges, we hosted weekly live workouts for athletes and created various at-home fitness activities in collaboration with our fitness partners.

In addition, we distributed 227 at-home fitness kits to athletes. Each included a pedometer, water bottle, resistance bands, an eight-week workout program guide, activity calendar, goal tracker and backpack. 

Facebook Group


In mid-March of 2020, we created the SOCTFit5 Facebook Group, designed to provide athletes with tools to stay active and healthy at home while encouraging them to continue training in the absence of practices and competitions. By the end of the year, the Group was over 650 members strong including athletes, partners, friends and family!

Through the SOCTFit5 Facebook Group and a weekly newsletter, we offered three eight-week Fitness Challenges to keep athletes motivated, active and connected. During the Challenges, live workouts and fitness activities that could be done at home were presented. These activities included Zumba classes, strength training workouts, sports-specific workouts, walking challenges, nutrition education, yoga and meditation and healthy cooking demonstrations.

In addition, we distributed 227 at-home fitness kits to athletes. Each included a pedometer, water bottle, resistance bands, an eight-week workout program guide, activity calendar and goal tracker and backpack. 
Our Fit5 program is designed to educate athletes about the impact fitness, nutrition and hydration have on overall athletic performance. Athletes enrolled in the eight-week program are trained using a comprehensive wellness curriculum that empowers them to make healthier lifestyle choices.

Fit5 focuses on three main wellness areas:
• Physical Activity
• Nutrition
• Hydration

Program goals include:
• Exercising five days every week
• Eat five fruits and vegetables every day 
• Drink five bottles of water every day

The SOCT Zoom Room

The SOCT Zoom Room series was created for our athletes to address the socially isolating effects of COVID-19. Our Zoom Room provides a safe space for athletes to connect in a virtual world. It also provides a channel for community members and organizations to connect with our athletes in a meaningful way during this time - by providing support, content, and direct communication.

SOCT Zoom Room events and activities took place weekly and have included bingo, a talent show, pet showcase, dances, art and cooking lessons and trivia contests. These opportunities for our athletes to meet up and have fun have helped to keep them engaged and mentally and socially strong!

Healthy Athletes Disciplines/Clinical Directors


Clinical Director:
Kurt Rode, DPM

Offers podiatric screenings to evaluate ankles, feet and lower extremity biomechanics.


Clinical Directors:
Heidi Adamski, PT, MS
Colleen Langlais, PT, MS

Provides screenings for physical flexibility, functional strength and balance.


Clinical Director:
Jamie Marotto,  Au.D, CCC-A

Offers guidance on healthy living and screenings for bone density, blood pressure and body mass index (BMI). 

HEALTH Promotion

Clinical Directors:
Carol Flaim, RN
Joyce Baiardi, RN

Provides comprehensive hearing examinations and follow-up care. 


Clinical Director:
David Frumberg, MD

Offers a free sports physical, and other health screening services to people with intellectual disabilities (ID).

Opening Eyes

Clinical Directors:
Susan Danberg, OD, FCOVD
Chris Agro, OD

Provides free eye assessments, prescription eyewear, sunglasses and sports goggles.


Clinical Director
Matthew Lepowsky, DMD

Offers dental examination, personal oral hygiene instruction, sports mouth guards and fluoride varnish treatments. 

Strong Minds

Clinical Director:
Catherine Chiles, MD

Provides adaptive coping skills for maintaining emotional wellness under stress. Activities include thinking positive thoughts, releasing stress and connecting with others.

Healthy Communities

Special Olympics Health, made possible by the Golisano Foundation in collaboration with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is working to achieve inclusive health for people with intellectual disabilities, which means equitable access to quality healthcare, education, and services throughout the community. Healthy Communities is a model Special Olympics program that ensures year-round access to healthcare and prevention programming to help Special Olympics athletes perform at their best, on and off the field, and have equal access to quality healthcare, health education, and resources.

Special Olympics Connecticut was designated a Healthy Community by Special Olympics International in 2019 and upon meeting the mandated criteria, Special Olympics Connecticut was recognized for a second time in 2020.

Dr. Melissa Brown

Recipient of the 2020 Golisano Health Leadership Award

Dr. Melissa Brown was presented with the Special Olympics CT 2020 Golisano Health Leadership Award for her work to improve our athletes’ access to nutrition services and education.

Dr. Brown has collaborated with Special Olympics Connecticut since 2019. She volunteers at three state competitions annually and supports such activities as our performance stations, Family Health Forums and virtual health programming-facilitating our SOCT Zoom Room Cooking Classes.

Unified Sports Fitness Club

The Special Olympics Connecticut Unified Sports® Fitness Club brings together people with and without intellectual disabilities and provides opportunities for regular fitness activity to enhance fitness and inspire friendships among participants. This program provides the platform for individuals to challenge themselves and earn individual and Club rewards.

Athlete Leadership

Athlete Leadership Program

Athletes are encouraged to take on leadership roles in our organization to promote awareness and understanding of Special Olympics, guide programming, mentor and advocate for themselves and their peers, and demonstrate their strengths and skills. They benefit by gaining greater self-esteem, becoming more effective communicators and connecting and collaborating with others in their communities.

Two athletes serve on our Board of Directors and provide a voice for athletes throughout the organization and invaluable input that helps shape SOCT’s offerings and strategies.

Sixty-four athletes serve as Global Messengers who are ambassadors and spokespersons for Special Olympics Connecticut. Five new Global Messengers joined the group in 2020.

Their duties include: 

  • Speaking at Opening Ceremonies for our Games
  • Sharing their personal stories and experiences to demonstrate how their lives have been changed by Special Olympics
  • Inspiring others to get involved with the organization and educating others about our programs through meetings, the media, and public forums

Many also serve as leaders for their Special Olympics local programs.

Nine of our Global Messengers serve as Health Leaders and help people come to know and understand the breadth and impact of our health and fitness programs for athletes.


Virtual Leadership Training

To sharpen their skills, Global Messengers receive support and coaching from their mentors and participate in training sessions that focus on communication and leadership skills. This past year, trainings were held virtually, via Zoom, bimonthly and were led by professionals in the media, education and business industries.

Athlete Leaders in action


  • Law Enforcement Torch Run®

    The Law Enforcement Torch Run® for Special Olympics Connecticut is a year-round initiative that engages law enforcement officers from police departments, correctional facilities, universities and other local and state law enforcement agencies in volunteering their time and talents to support our athletes and promote awareness and understanding of Special Olympics’ important mission.

    Law enforcement collectively raised money to provide opportunities and a sense of belonging to athletes of all abilities through Penguin Plunge and Over the Edge fundraisers, Coin Drives, Tip-A-Cop events, merchandise, and Adopt-a-Mile sales, and additional charitable efforts in their local communities. A highlight of the year is when law enforcement officers carry the Special Olympics torch, with its “flame of hope” during a three-day run across Connecticut, leading up to our Summer Games. This year, the run went virtual.


  • Penguin Plunge

    Special Olympics Connecticut hosted three Penguin Plunge events in 2020 in Farmington, Middletown and New London, and enjoyed all the fun and excitement that happens when good-hearted people come together to jump into an icy lake or ocean and raise funds for our organization.

    The other annual Plunge events, including many organized by law enforcement, had to be cancelled due to the pandemic. Yet, many continued their wintertime tradition of giving through a Plunge fundraiser to benefit our athletes.

    During a year with so much distance, we felt the presence, warmth and kindness of individuals who participate in a Plunge year after year and remained involved and dedicated to making a difference in the lives of our athletes through the event. We look forward to when we can come together again in the frigid, frosty mornings to see participants cheerfully unite and bravely jump into chilly waters to support our athletes and mission of inclusion!


  • Conquering Kilimanjaro for Special Olympics CT

    A crew of one civilian and 12 officers from seven police departments in Connecticut and New Jersey set out to “Conquer Mt. Kilimanjaro” in Tanzania to challenge themselves and raise awareness and funds for Special Olympics CT on February 16th.

    They all successfully reached the summit of the mountain, 19, 341’ high, on February 23rd. Those achieving this amazing feat include Lt. Mike Durkee and Officer Dave Maliar of the Cheshire Police Department, Lt. Tim Bernier of the Guilford Police Department and Laurie Harder of Guilford, Detective Tom McGarvey of the Naugatuck Police Department, Detective Donna Brown of the Putnam Police Department, Deputy Chief Josh Bernegger and Lt. Tim Gavallas of the Watertown Police Department, Lt. Rob Kluk and Lt. Dave Hartman of the Wilton Police Department and Sgt. Ralph Fiasco Jr. and Sgt. Mandy Grey of New Jersey.

    The dedicated group spent months training and preparing for the adventure and along the way raised over $161,000 to benefit Special Olympics athletes.

  • Over the Edge

    Our annual Over the Edge event hosted by Mohegan Sun took place on Friday, September 4th. With over 60 participants rappelling more than 30 floors down Mohegan Sun’s Sky Tower and thanks to many generous donors, the event raised over $71,000.

    The top fundraising team was the Middletown Police Department, raising $12,500, and the top individual fundraiser was Jennifer Lajoie of Bearingstar Insurance who raised $4,200. Mohegan Sun staff went “above” and beyond to ensure that the event could happen in a safe and secure environment.

  • Additional Special Events

    Special Olympics’ Annual Capitol Hill Day - 2/11/2020

    Athlete Nick Sinacori represented Connecticut as a participant in Special Olympics’ Annual Capitol Hill Day in Washington D.C. Nick met with state senators, representatives and their staff members to talk about the impact of Special Olympics Unified Sports® and Health programs.

    Run Your Own Course - Presented by Hawk’s Landing Country Club - 6/10/2020 - 6/14/2020

    All were invited to “Run Your Own Course” in this virtual 5K Run and Walk presented by Webster Bank and hosted by Hawk’s Landing Country Club to benefit our athletes.

    Participants ran or walked on a course of their choice and posted results on social media with the hashtag #KeepYourDistance, referencing both the long-distance challenge and the challenges all were facing during a time of social distancing.

  • Additional Special Events

    Celebration of Inclusion - Presented by Special Olympics Connecticut - 7/22/2020

    One of our largest fundraisers of the year moved to a virtual setting in 2020, as A Celebration of Inclusion, presented by Tokio Marine HCC, was conducted via a series of video speeches and an online auction on social media. Renee DiNino of iHeart Radio hosted and the program featured speakers Loretta Claiborne, Special Olympics Chief Inspiration Officer and Brett Glaser, Special Olympics Connecticut athlete. The event raised close to $70,000 for our athletes.

    Eversource Special Olympics Connecticut Golf Tournament - 9/14/2020

    The 19th Annual Golf Tournament to benefit Special Olympics Connecticut was hosted by Eversource and Foxwoods Resort Casino and organized by a dedicated group of volunteers. The event raised $80,000.

  • Additional Special Events

    The 26th Annual Hotchkiss School Swimathon - 9/19/2020

    The Hotchkiss School has held its Swimathon fundraiser for the 26th year, but in a new novel way. Keith Moon, a Hotchkiss School Swim Coach, Founder and Organizer of the Swimathon and a Special Olympics Connecticut Board Member, swam solo across Connecticut’s deepest lake, Lake Wononscopomuc, and back — approximately two miles roundtrip. Ian Graham, a Hotchkiss School ’92 graduate and parent of a Special Olympics athlete, made the ocean swim in Nantucket, Massachusetts. Donations were made in their honor.

    Swing Fore Special Olympics Connecticut presented by Hawk's Landing Country Club -

    The Swing Fore Golf Tournament to benefit our organization, hosted by Hawk's Landing Country Club in Southington, was held on October 19th and attended and enjoyed by many long-time sponsors, friends and Law Enforcement Torch Runners.

  • Michael Bozzuto and Dream Ride

    One of the greatest philanthropists our organization has known is Michael Bozzuto, Chairman/CEO/President of Bozzuto’s Inc., President/Director of the Hometown Foundation and Founder of Dream Ride. Each year Michael, his staff and dedicated volunteers and sponsors he collaborates with, invest their time, resources and heart into providing for our athletes in a myriad of ways.

    Dream Ride is a year-round endeavor to support Special Olympics and other charities that culminates with a much-anticipated, extraordinary weekend celebration of our athletes and activities galore at the Farmington Polo Club annually in August. The event has raised millions of dollars for Special Olympics and is an abundant source of laughter, joy and friendships for all who experience it. 

    Dream Ride weekend traditionally includes a motorcycle ride through Farmington Valley, a classic and exotic car show like no other, K9s, fireman’s chili cookoff, games, rides, vendors, Unified Sports exhibitions, a Unified fishing tournament, live music and delicious food. Although the event in all its glory could not take place this year, a modified version and movie night series were held for our athletes and their families and friends to, safely, enjoy.

    In addition, through Michael’s generosity, meals were provided to our Winter Games athletes throughout competition weekend in February and several of our local programs in Hartford County were able to use the Farmington Polo Club and grounds for their sports practices — including cross-country skiing pre-Covid. 

    Michael also made it possible for our athletes to participate in a horse grooming program led by the Polo Club’s staff early in the year. Athletes, many who had participated in the program before, received further training on how to work with and care for horses. The Farmington Polo Club also served as the venue for several of our modified, in-person Unified Sports Fall Festival events including bocce, corn hole and croquet. 

    We thank Michael, and the colleagues and his caring friends he partners with, who ensure our athletes are always remembered and celebrated!

The Champion's

The Champion's Society

Our Champion’s Society is comprised of caring individuals who have made a planned gift through their will or real estate planning to ensure that the important work we do creating equity and opportunity for people with intellectual disabilities will continue in the future.

In recognition of their commitment to our athletes and organization, we host an annual event and invite all members. 

In 2020, Special Olympics Connecticut welcomed more than 50 members of its Champion’s and Shriver Societies to a virtual event that featured guest speakers Dr. Tim Shriver, Chairman of Special Olympics, and Beau Doherty, President of Special Olympics Connecticut, on October 27th. 
Doherty spoke about how Special Olympics Connecticut has transitioned to virtual events and activities in response to the pandemic and goals for when in-person activities could resume. Shriver talked about his love for Connecticut and highlights of his Special Olympics career, including the 1995 World Games in New Haven. He also discussed the importance of diversity and creating an inclusive world.

  • Champion’s Society Members include:

    • Mr. and Mrs. Rick and Lori Allen
    • Ms. Marie J. Bedard
    • Mr. and Mrs. Jeff S. Beekman
    • Mr. Gary F. Borla
    • Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth B. Bowes
    • Mr. Robert Brophy
    • Mr. Steven Bruce
    • Mr. Wayne Bufferd
    • Mr. and Mrs. Anthony and Rosemarie Burton
    • Ms. Burdeen Camp
    • Mr. and Mrs. David Campbell, Sr.
    • Mr. and Mrs. Dan and Kate Careb
    • Mr. and Mrs. Dave and Frankie Cassano
    • Mr. Robert J. Cavaliero
    • Mr. and Mrs. Donald Cone
    • Ms. Janice L. Curley
    • Mr. Glenn H. Deming,
    • Mr. and Mrs. Joseph B. Dennin, Jr.
    • Ms. JoAnn DeWind*
    • Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Doherty, Jr.
    • Mr. Ernest J. Elliott
    • Ms. Susan Joy Gabrielson
    • Ms. Charlotte Gambardella*
    • Mr. and Mrs. Robert C. Gerowe
    • Mr. and Mrs. Steven B. Glad
    • Mr. Norman Hanenbaum
  • Champion’s Society Members include:

    • Mr. and Mrs. Bob and Laurie-Jean Hannon
    • Mr. and Mrs. Tom and Lisa Joyce
    • Mr. Allan M. Kabrick
    • Mr. Bruce A. Kirchner
    • Ms. Catherine E. Kortlandt
    • Ms. Lynn M. LaRocca
    • Mr. and Mrs. Michael and Nora Mason
    • Mr. and Mrs. Mark Z. Myerson
    • Mr. Paul Olson
    • Mr. Dick Ebersol and Mrs. Susan Saint James
    • Ms. Judith Silberkleit*
    • Mr. Eugene R. Singer, C.P.A.
    • Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Smith
    • Mr. and Mrs. David Snyderman
    • Ms. Stephanie St. Marie
    • Mr. and Mrs. Tony and Janet St. Marie
    • Dr. Joseph P. Stankewich
    • Ms. Barbara J. Thomason
    • Mr. and Mrs. James H. Van Hoof, Jr.
    • Mr. Carl Verner and Dr. Joy Terranova
    • Mr. Peter Wooster

    *New member in 2020 There is no gift minimum to become a member of The Champion’s Society and all gift amounts are kept confidential.





For the Years Ended December 31, 2018 & 2019


Without Donor
With Donor

Contributions & Grants

2,845,122 144,554 2,989,676

Donated Materials/Services

5,223,847 5,223,847


1,980,063 1,980,063

Net Assets from Restriction

318,004 (318,004)

Total Revenue

10,367,036 (173,450) 10,193,586

Program services

8,625,038 8,625,038


1,257,137 1,257,137

Nonoperating & General

503,593 503,593

Total Expenses

10,385,768 10,385,768

Loss from Operations

(18,732) 10,385,768

Investment Return

92,478 111,921 204,399

Realized & Unrealized

321,024 440,885 761,909

Net Nonoperating Items

413,502 552,806 966,308

Excess of Revenue

394,770 379,356 774,126

Net Assets - Beginning

3,669,579 4,753,660 8,423,239

Net Assets - Ending

4,064,349 5,133,016 9,197,365

Contributions & Grants

2,730,296 187,309 2,917,605

Donated Materials/Services

4,410,473 5,410,473


2,077,681 (238,437)

Net Assets from Restriction

238,437 (238,437)

Total Revenue

10,456,887 (51,128) 10,405,759

Program services

8,806,924 8,806,924


1,390,309 1,390,309

Nonoperating & General

449,389 449,389

Total Expenses

10,646,622 10,646,622

Loss from Operations

(189,735) (51,128 (240,863)

Investment Return

73,833 134,987 208,820

Realized & Unrealized

(191,562) (297,706) (489,268)

Net Nonoperating Items

(117,729) (162,719) (280,448)

Excess of Revenue

(307,464) (4,967,507) (521,311)

Net Assets - Beginning

3,997,043 4,967,507 8,994,550

Net Assets - Ending

3,977,043 4,967,507 8,426,239


  • The Hometown Foundation, Bozzuto’s Inc.

    The Hometown Foundation, Bozzuto’s, Inc., and its family of retailers have always valued giving back to the community. The past year was truly one that no one predicted, however it was the year our community was the most in need. We are grateful and proud partners of Special Olympics Connecticut and the great work they do, as their efforts were needed more than ever during these difficult times. We salute Special Olympics Connecticut as they continue to build friendships and break boundaries for our athletes who are the champions within our communities.

    Michael A. Bozzuto, CEO
    Bozzuto’s Inc., The Hometown Foundation


    Enterprise Holdings is proud to support Special Olympics of Connecticut and the amazing work the organization does throughout the community to affect positive change and inspire inclusion and respect for all. In a year filled with unprecedented uncertainty and challenges, our team is inspired by the organization’s athletes and so proud to provide ongoing support to such an important local effort.

    William Gardner, Vice President/General Manager
    Enterprise Holdings

  • ESPN

    is proud to continue our support for Special Olympics Connecticut and create new opportunities to support Unified Sports, despite a year unlike any other. As we look at the days and months ahead, we look forward to safely engaging our employees with Special Olympics athletes, who inspire us every day, to promote and ensure social inclusion and acceptance for all.
    Kevin Martinez, Vice President
    ESPN Corporate Citizenship


    Eversource Energy

    As a supporter and host of the Special Olympics Winter Games in Connecticut for 35 years, we understand how much this event means to the athletes and their families. Eversource is proud to be a reliable and dedicated partner to the Special Olympics and to safely support the growth, pride, and success of all the athletes.

    Jim Judge, Chairman, President and CEO
    Eversource Energy

  • The Frederick A. DeLuca Foundation

    The SOCT provides individuals with disabilities the opportunity to experience the joy of playing sports, competing, and accomplishing the unimaginable. It is amazing to see how hard they work and their tremendous feeling of success at the finish line. The pandemic hasn’t stopped the organization’s ability to support these amazing athletes in their journeys.

    Elisabeth DeLuca, President
    The Frederick A. DeLuca Foundation

    Law Enforcement Torch Run®

    The Connecticut Law Enforcement Torch Run® is part of an international campaign for Special Olympics, coordinated and managed by all divisions of law enforcement officers and officials throughout the world whose mission is to raise funds and awareness of the Special Olympics movement worldwide. The statewide Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Connecticut has been recognized throughout the world for many years as one of the top grassroots fundraising organizations for Special Olympics.

    We stand committed to developing new ways to show our support and continue the drive towards a safer environment that will allow us all to come together.

    Lt (Ret) Tom Madera, Yale Public Safety
    Lt. Rob Didato, Fairfield University Department of Public Safety
    Co-Directors, Connecticut Law Enforcement Torch Run

  • NBC Connecticut and Telemundo Connecticut

    In a challenging and unprecedented year, the NBC Connecticut and Telemundo Connecticut team could not be prouder of the accomplishments and perseverance of the Special Olympics Connecticut athletes. What a thrill to be part of this winning team. We look forward to continuing to support and showcase this great organization in 2021. We remain committed to connecting our viewers to the wonderful stories and all the athletes, volunteers, and coaches that choose to include!

    Diane Hannes
    President & General Manager
    NBC Connecticut and Telemundo Connecticut

    Raytheon Technologies

    Pratt & Whitney is committed to supporting organizations in the communities where our employees live and work. There is no better example of this commitment than our proud 40-year+ partnership with Special Olympics of Connecticut – our home state. Over the course of the past four decades, our CT-based business units have contributed more than $2 million, and thousands of RTX employees have generously donated their time and effort to help SOCT athletes excel on and off the field.

    Tizz Weber
    Vice President & Chief Communications Officer
    Pratt & Whitney
    A Raytheon Technologies Company

  • TD Bank 

    At TD, we are committed to supporting organizations like Special Olympics who share in our mission to advance disability inclusion. While the pandemic impacted the world in ways we never could have imagined, we are inspired by the resiliency of Special Olympics of Connecticut and are proud to support their efforts to advance inclusion and celebrate diversity on and off the field, even in the most challenging of times.

    Steven C. Webb 
    Regional President – Southern New England & Upstate New York
    TD Bank



    WWE continues to be inspired by the athletes of Special Olympics Connecticut. This year, during a global pandemic, the enthusiasm and dedication of our very own Connecticut Special Olympics athletes showed us and the world how to overcome any obstacle. WWE Superstars draw strength and perseverance from these amazing athletes.

    Stephanie McMahon
    WWE Chief Brand Office


Year-Round Supporters


  • Adams Hometown Markets/ IGA
  • Bozzuto’s Inc.
  • Coca-Cola Beverages Northeast
  • Marcus Communications
  • N&D Sports
  • PODS
  • Poland Spring
  • State of Connecticut Judicial Branch
  • WORX

Media Sponsors

  • Cumulus Media
  • Hearst Connecticut Media Group
  • iCRV Radio
  • iHeart Radio Connecticut
  • NBC Connecticut and Telemundo Connecticut
  • The Day Publishing Company


  • Erin Bond
  • Dan Burns
  • Denise Ciccarelli
  • Rich Coyle
  • Kristy DeCosta
  • William DeKine
  • Kevin Fletcher
  • Matt Glad
  • Steve Glad
  • Norbert Herzog
  • Jeffry Hynds
  • Tammy Knowlton
  • Glen Kutler
  • Chad Lyons
  • Mel Morales
  • Helen Pappas
  • Diane Parsons
  • Ed Reilly
  • Bill Shea
  • Eileen Scully
  • Helen Taylor

Major in kind

Major In Kind Donors


  • 12 Metre Yacht Development Foundation
  • Bozzuto’s, Inc.
  • Broadway.com
  • Captain Ron’s Fishing Charters
  • Coca-Cola Beverages Northeast
  • Connecticut Portable Storage
  • Crystal Rock Water & Coffee Company
  • The Day Publishing Company
  • Disney World / Points of Light
  • Ford Motor Company
  • Foxwoods Resort Casino
  • Global Site Services
  • Great Wolf Lodge - New England
  • Hearst Connecticut Media Group
  • iHeartRadio
  • Kelser Corporation
  • Lynn M. LaRocca
  • Magee Company
  • Marcus Communications, Inc.
  • Meriden Police Department
  • Mohawk Mountain
  • Mount Southington Ski Area
  • NBC Connecticut and Telemundo Connecticut
  • Nestle Waters North America
  • Ocean House
  • Powder Ridge Ski Area
  • Ski Sundown
  • Total Wine & More
  • Travelers
  • Two Men and a Truck
  • Webster Bank
  • World Wrestling Entertainment

Corporate Sponsors

  • $300,000+

    • The Hometown Foundation, Inc.
    • Law Enforcement Torch Run

    $299,999 - $100,000

    • Eversource Energy

    $99,999 - $50,000

    • Frederick A. DeLuca Foundation, Inc.
    • Raytheon Technologies
    • Webster Bank
    • World Wrestling Entertainment

    $49,999 - $25,000

    • Bearingstar Insurance
    • ConnectiCare Inc.
    • Connecticut Elks Association
    • Connecticut State Council Knights of Columbus/Columbian Charities of CT, Inc.
    • ESPN, Inc.
    • Synchrony Financial

    $24,999 - $10,000

    • Alexion Pharmaceuticals
    • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield of Connecticut
    • Club Management Association of America CT Chapter
    • Delta Dental of New Jersey Foundation
    • Drew Marine
    • E-Rate Online LLC
    • Henkel Corporation
    • Indus Realty Trust, Inc.
    • The John & Ethel Kashulon Foundation
    • Maximilian E. & Marion O. Hoffman Foundation Inc.
    • Pratt & Whitney
    • Robert G. and Marguerite M. Derx Foundation
    • Sikorsky A Lockheed Martin Company
    • TD Charitable Foundation
    • Tokio Marine/HCC Global Financial Products
  • $9,999 - $3,000

    • Aldridge Group
    • Barnhart Crane & Rigging Company
    • Brass Axe Capital
    • Campus Customs
    • Comcast
    • Connecticut Community Foundation - Earl & Shirley Herbst Eye Fund
    • Connecticut Section of the PGA
    • Fairfield County Bank
    • Hartford Wolf Pack Community Foundation
    • KBE Building Corporation
    • Manchester Honda
    • Special Friends Charities, Inc.
    • Suzio York Hill Companies

    $2,999 - $1,000

    • The American Legion Department of Connecticut, Inc.
    • BIC Corporation
    • The Bigelow Tea Company
    • Charter Oak Federal Credit Union
    • City of Waterbury Mayor's Office
    • Dime Bank Foundation, Inc.
    • GEICO
    • Ion Bank Foundation
    • Metropolitan District Commission
    • Price Waterhouse Coopers LLP
    • Thomaston Savings Bank Foundation
    • Weston Police Benevolent Association
    • ZONES


Health Sponsors

  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Campbell Soup Foundation
  • CCF-Earl and Shirley Herbst Eye Fund
  • CDC
  • Convery’s Community Healthcare Foundation
  • Delta Dental
  • ESPN
  • George A. and Grace L. Foundation
  • The Golisano Foundation
  • Henry E. Niles Foundation
  • John and Ellen Kashulon Foundation
  • The Joseph A. Baloga Trust
  • Kimberly A. Davis, M.D., MBA
  • Maximillian E. and Marion O. Hoffman Foundation
  • Mike and Jamie Goguen
  • Robert Galvin, M.D.
  • Robert and Marguerite Derx Foundation
  • Special Friends Charities
  • Susan Joy Gabrielson
  • Webster Bank/HSA Bank

Business, Civic Groups
& Foundations

  • Business Gifts


    • American Lecithin Company
    • Linde, Inc.

    $14,999 - $5,000

    • Bob’s Discount Furniture
    • Coca-Cola Beverages Northeast
    • Cumberland Farms
    • Fairfield County Sports Car Club
    • Professional Drywall Construction, Inc.
    • Travelers Championship/Birdies for Charities

    $4,999 - $3,000

    • Jas Automotive LLC
    • Markel Corporation
    • Motley Rice, LLC
    • Recdesk, LLC
    • Trinity Solar Heating & Air, Inc.

    $2,999 - $1,000

    • Adams Super Food Stores
    • Asplundh Construction
    • Branson Ultrasonics Corporation
    • Charitable Trust Adminstration Company
    • Click Bond Inc.
    • Connecticut Valley Crematory, LLC
    • The Connecticut Wedding Group
    • CustomInk LLC
    • Ed-Mor Electric Co
    • Eli Group LLC
    • Foxwoods Resort Casino
    • Gold Tortilla LLC
    • Id Solutions
    • Income Research & Mangement
    • Law Office of Lewis Chimes
  • Business Gifts

    • Morgan Stanley
    • National Football League Alumni, Inc.
    • NBCUniversal
    • Norm Bloom & Son, LLC
    • Peter Dinardo Enterprises
    • Preferred Utilities Manufacturing Corp.
    • ProCaire, LLC
    • SBK Construction Company, LLC
    • Tiger Sports, LLC
    • Tower Laboratories, LTD
    • United Health Group
    • Vanguard
    • Ye Old Liquor Shoppe
    • $999 - $500

    • Angelo Carrabba Foundation
    • Cedar Point Yacht Club
    • Class Act Fund
    • Connex Credit Union
    • Delaware Life Insurance Company
    • Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 1820, Inc.
    • G-Force Security LLC
    • Grand Lodge of CT - Independent Order of Odd Fellows
    • Greater Hartford Community Foundation, Inc.
    • John & Maria's Pizzeria & Restaurant
    • K.P. Royal Construction Corp.
    • Kohl's Department Stores, Inc. Community Relations
    • Krauszer's of East Haven
      Lasting Brass Brewing Company, LLC
  • Business Gifts

    • Mass Mutual
    • Mountainside Construction
    • PoliceApp.com
    • Santini Villa Apts, LLC
    • Teamster Local Union No. 191
    • The GE Foundation
    • The Prospector Theater
    • Town of Wallingford
    • Townline Wine & Spirits
    • Tox Brewing Company
    • Turnpike Spirit Shop
  • Civic Groups & Foundations


    • Ebersol-Saint James Family Trust

    $24,999 - $10,000

    • Campbell Soup Foundation
    • The Harvey Hubbell Foundation
    • Jana Foundation, Inc.
    • The Joseph A. Baloga Trust

    $9,999 - $3,000

    • Charles Nelson Robinson Fund
    • Disney VoluntEARS Grants
    • Emerson Charitable Trust
    • Enterprise Holdings Foundation
    • Gymnastics Revolution
    • Lennox Foundation
    • The Raether 1985 Charitable Trust
    • Raza Family Foundation

    $2,999 - $1,000

    • Aetna Foundation, Inc
    • Albert Wadsworth and Helen Clark Meserve Memorial Fund
    • American Endowment Foundation
    • Arthur J. Wall Jr. Scholarship Fund Inc
    • The Barden Foundation
    • Chelsea Groton Foundation
    • Community Foundation of New Jersey
    • The Dick's Sporting Goods Foundation
    • Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation
    • Elsie A. Brown Fund
    • Ensworth Charitable Foundation
  • Civic Groups & Foundations

    • The Everybody Wins Foundation, Inc
    • Fairfield County Community Foundation, Inc.
    • Guilford Foundation
    • IBEW Local Union #488
    • Lions Club of Unionville
    • Marjorie Moore Charitable Foundation
    • Meriden Foundation
    • Mianus Chapter of Trout Unlimited
    • Narwold Family Charitable Fund
    • Pat Covelli Foundation
    • The Polish Falcons of America Nest 519
    • The Resource Foundation, Inc.
    • Rita B. & Walter M. Murphy Foundation
    • Rotary Club of North Haven
    • Rotary Club of South Windsor
    • Soros Fund Charitable Foundation
    • Southington Police Benevolent Association
    • The SPOUT Foundation
    • Synchrony Financial Foundation
    • Trumbull Rotary Foundation
    • United Technologies Charity Trust Account
    • Wappler Family Charitable Fund
  • Civic Groups & Foundations

    • William and Ellen E. Macristy Foundation, Inc.
    • William Foulds Family Foundation
    • Wrinn Charitable Donations of the Ayco Charitable Foundation
    • Zahren Family Foundation
    • Zia Charitable Foundation

    $999 - $500

    • Amazon Smile Foundation
    • American Legion 96 Hayes Velhage
    • Angelo Carrabba Foundation
    • Canton Community Health Fund
    • Class Act Fund
    • Dur-A-Flex Foundation, Inc.
    • Enfield Police Employee's Association
    • Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 1820, Inc.
    • Friendship Tuscan Lodge #145
    • Grand Lodge of CT - Independent Order of Odd Fellows
    • Greater Hartford Community Foundation, Inc.
    • Mystic Lions Club
    • New London Lodge of Elks No. 360
  • Civic Groups & Foundations

    • Police Activity League of Waterbury, Inc
    • PoliceApp.com
    • Polish Falcon's Nest #519
    • The Richard and Barbara Whitcomb Foundation
    • St. Aloysius Church Corp.
    • Wilton PBA Association

Champions of the Movement

Individual Donors

  • $20,000+

    • Mr. and Mrs. Dave and Frankie Cassano
    • Mr. Robert S. Galvin, M.D.
    • Mr. and Mrs. Peter and Beth Keenoy
    • Ms. Catherine E. Kortlandt
    • Mr. and Mrs. Frank J. Monteiro
    • Ms. Barbara J. Thomason
    • Mr. and Mrs. James H. Van Hoof, Jr.

    $19,999 - $10,000

    • Mr. and Mrs. Richard S. Allen
    • Mr. and Mrs. Michael Elmore
    • Mr. and Mrs. Keith Johnson
    • Mr. Christopher Motl
    • Mr. and Mrs. Leon J. Olivier
    • Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas Seminara
    • Mr. Eugene R. Singer, C.P.A.

    $9,999 - $5,000

    • Mr. Harold Behnken
    • Ms. Susan Joy Gabrielson
    • Mr. and Mrs. Tom and Lisa Joyce
    • Mr. and Mrs. Marshall Kiev
    • Mr. Brian Nickerson
    • Mr. and Mrs. Mitchell L. Truwit
    • Mr. Eric C. Wenberg and Ms. Suzanne L. Deschamps
    • Mr. and Mrs. Peter Wright
    • $4,999 - $2,500

    • Mr. Frederick C. Baker
    • Mr. Thomas C. Bishop
    • Dr. Susan C. Danberg
    • Ms. Kimberly A. Davis M.D.
    • Mr. and Mrs. Joseph B. Dennin, Jr.
    • Mr. and Mrs. Gary W. Ezzo
    • Ms. Kristan A. Loree
    • Mr. Keith Moon
    • Mr. and Mrs. Christopher J. Newman
    • Mr. and Mrs. Allen L. Pollock
    • Mr. and Mrs. Joseph V. Sileo
    • Mr. and Mrs. William Welch
    • Ms. Michelle Zettergren and Mr. John Horvath
    • $2,499 - $1,000

    • Ms. Susan A. Ayers
    • Mr. and Mrs. Barry P. Baiardi
    • Mr. and Mrs. Matthew T. Baker
    • Mr. and Mrs. Dominic Barone
    • Mr. William W. Bishop Jr.
    • Mr. Norbert G. Bissonnette Jr.
    • Mr. Robert Bodenburg
    • Mr. and Mrs. James C. Bosek
    • Mr. Kenneth B. Bowes
    • Mr. and Mrs. Donald J. Bowne
    • Mr. and Mrs. Karl A. Brautigam, Jr.
    • Mr. and Mrs. John Brody
    • Mr. and Mrs. Ronald J. Careb
    • Mr. and Mrs. Chase Carey
    • Mr. and Mrs. Leo G. Charette
    • Mr. and Mrs. Michael Ciarrocchi
    • Mr. and Mrs. Richard Clarke
    • Ms. Teri Couch
    • Mr. Aaron Cravez
    • Ms. Christina Delaat
    • Mr. and Mrs. Dudley Diebold
    • Ms. Christy Distasio
    • Ms. Betty Dunne
    • Dr. and Mrs. Craig W. Edmondson
    • Mr. Dick Ebersol and Mrs. Susan Saint James
    • Mr. and Mrs. William L. Ewen
    • Mr. Daniel J. Finnegan
    • Ms. Fidelma Fitzpatrick
    • Mr. and Mrs. Stephen J. Flynn
    • Ms. Sharon Foss
    • Ms. Karen D. Francis
    • Mr. Yves G. Gaden
    • Ms. Rosa M. Gatti
    • Mr. and Mrs. George Gilbert III
    • Mr. and Mrs. Evan T. Gilchrest
    • Ms. Jennifer Gliesman
    • Mrs. Linda Goldfarb
    • Ms. Regina Gourley
    • Mr. and Mrs. Joseph F. Gugliotti
    • Ms. Laurie Hicks
    • Ms. Kathleen D. Hayes
    • Mr. Hicking
    • Mr. and Mrs. Robert Jankavich
    • Ms. Valerie K. Jensen
    • Mr. Robert Kearney
    • Mr. and Mrs. David Kelly
    • Mr. and Mrs. Thomas R. King
    • Dr. Stuart Knechtle
    • Mr. and Mrs. James M. Kopcso III
    • Ms. Lisa Kovlakas
    • Mr. Thomas S. Kreitler
    • Ms. Stephanie Landis
    • Ms. Susan Lane
    • Ms. Lynn M. LaRocca
    • Ms. Gillian Lee
    • Mr. and Mrs. Ronald A. Legere
    • Ms. Corin Litke
    • Mr. and Mrs. Wesley Lyvers
    • Mr. Christopher R. Macpherson
    • Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence J. Malone
    • Ms. Ann Mandel
    • Mr. and Mrs. Michael B. Mason
    • Mr. Edward G. Mayr
    • Mr. Joseph McAraw
    • Ms. Kathleen A. McBride
    • Mr. Harold W. McGraw III
    • Mr. Charles McLaughlin
    • Mr. and Mrs. Marcus W. McPhee
    • Mr. Emmett J. Mcteague
    • Mr. and Mrs. Jack Merrill
    • Mr. and Mrs. Adam Murphy
    • Mr. Jonathan Naiman
    • Mr. and Mrs. Matthew S. Necci
    • Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan Newman
    • Mr. Michael J. O'Brien
    • Mr. John Papa
    • Mr. and Mrs. Robert W. Peterson
    • Mr. and Mrs. Robert Pregnolato
    • Ms. Lynn P. Puddington
    • Ms. Christina Rayot
    • Mr. Kerry Reilly
    • Mr. and Mrs. Raymond J. Reimer
    • Mr. and Mrs. William Reis
    • Dr. Walter G. Roberts
    • Mrs. Sharon L. Rozum
    • Miss Amanda Salvatore
    • Mr. Parminder Sandhu
    • Ms. Norma Schlager
    • Mr. J. R. Schimenz
    • Mr. and Mrs. John L. Sennott Jr.
    • Ms. Linda M. Denning Shea
    • Ms. Phyllis V. Shelp
    • Mr. Michael Shullman
    • Mr. Richard Shultz Jr.
    • Mr. and Mrs. Steve and Bonnie Smith
    • Mr. Noubar A. Stone
    • Mr. Daniel Sullivan
    • Ms. Sally Ann Tanasi
    • Ms. Tonya Taylor
    • Ms. Patricia Tellekamp
    • Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Thibadeau
    • Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas S. Torello Jr.
    • Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Toscano
    • Mr. Christian J. Trefz
    • Ms. Joan Valenti
    • Mr. Kevin Vilke
    • Mr. and Mrs. Bruce E. Wandelmaier
    • Mrs. Susan Warner
    • Mr. Dana J. Weber and Mrs. Tizz Weber
    • Mr. Scott T. Welsh
    • Mr. Paul Whynott
    • Mr. and Mrs. James Wolfe
    • Mr. and Mrs. Barry M. Wolff
    • Ms. Judeen Wrinn
    • Mr. Bernard J. Zahren
    • Mr. and Mrs. Steven T. Zavednak
    • Mr. and Mrs. Randy Zigmont
    • Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas Zoccoli
    • $999 - $500

    • Mr. William Allen
    • Mr. Myles Altimus
    • Mr. Mitchell Ancona
    • Mr. John J. Antoinetti
    • Ms. Lois Babbitt
    • Ms. Erin Bailey
    • Mr. Alan Baranyai
    • Mr. William Barrie
    • Ms. Robin Batchelder
    • Mrs. Boroczky
    • Mr. Paul J. Borrelli
    • Mr. Nicholas Boulter
    • Mr. and Mrs. Paul Bourguignon
    • Mr. and Ms. Joseph Bowen
    • Mr. and Mrs. Karl A. Brautigam, Jr.
    • Mr. and Mrs. John M. Brillante, Sr.
    • Ms. Kathleen M. Bromage
    • Mr. John Brophy
    • Mr. and Mrs. Jeremiah Callaghan
    • Ms. Burdeen Camp
    • Mr. Joseph Carabetta
    • Mr. Albert Caravelli
    • Mr. and Mrs. Dan Careb
    • Mr. David S. Cunn
    • Mr. and Mrs. Eric Davis
    • Mr. Vincent Demarco
    • Ms. Angela Carlucci
    • Mr. Ralph Carpinella
    • Edward T. Carr
    • Mr. Douglas S. Carter
    • Mr. and Mrs. Titus A. Casazza
    • Mr. William R. Caval and Ms. Linda Cavanaugh
    • Ms. Barbara-Ann Cavanaugh
    • Mr. and Mrs. Leo G. Charette
    • Mr. Abraham Chemmarappally
    • Mr. Steve Chinatti
    • Ms. Mary Civitello
    • Mr. Michael D. Clark
    • Mr. and Mrs. Neal Cohen
    • Mr. and Mrs. James Cook
    • Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Cosgrove
    • Mr. and Mrs. Manuel T. Couceiro
    • Ms. Claire DesRosiers
    • Ms. Michelle Dipietro
    • Mr. and Mrs. Thomas G. Doherty Jr.
    • Mr. Patrick Donaghy
    • Mr. and Mrs. Robert Donohue
    • Mr. and Mrs. Michael J. Doody
    • Mrs. Judith W. Drake
    • Mr. Radcliffe G. Edmonds Jr.
    • Mr. and Mrs. Dwight Elllis
    • Mr. Michael Elsner
    • Ms. Juliana Esposito
    • Mr. and Mrs. Bradford R. Evans
    • Francesca Farman-Farmaian
    • Ms. Danielle L. Fazio
    • Ms. Keryn Felder
    • Ms. Celinda A. Finlayson and Mr. Joseph J. Skorvanek
    • Ms. Jodi Flowers
    • Mr. Matthew Fonseca
    • Mr. and Mrs. John Ford
    • Ms. Bernadette Forget
    • Mr. and Ms. Robert Frederick
    • Mr. Richard Friese
    • Mr. and Mrs. John H. Frost
    • Ms. Susan Gallucci-Bellamy
    • Dr. Prabhash C. Ganguli M.D.
    • Mr. and Mrs. Joseph D. Garrison Jr.
    • Mr. David Geremia
    • Ms. Anne Gilbert
    • Mr. William Gildersleeve
    • Mr. Joseph M. Goldberg
    • Mr. Eric Graham
    • Ms. Myra Graubard
    • Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Grutkowski
    • Mr. David Gutierrez
    • Mr. and Mrs. Jason B. Guyot
    • Mr. Scott Haddad
    • Mrs. Laurel Harrington
    • Ms. Barbara H. Hartman
    • Dr. and Dr. Norbert Herzog
    • Mr. Jeffrey Hogan
    • Mr. and Mrs. Theodore C. Hollander
    • Mr. and Mrs. Stephen D. Holton
    • Mr. Russell Huard
    • Mr. Cornel Hudak
    • Ms. Theresa L. Hundt
    • Mr. Dylan M. Iacoboni
    • Mr. Richard G. Jansen
    • Mr. and Mrs. Eric P. Johnson
    • Mr. Daniel Julius
    • Mr. and Mrs. Edward E. Kaczmarek
    • Ms. Karen M. Kalenauskas
    • Mr. Brian Kannry
    • Ms. Alyssa Kelleher
    • Mr. Stewart T. Kennedy
    • Mr. Barton Kenney
    • Ms. Joy Kmetz
    • Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Krywinski, C.P.A.
    • Mrs. Jennifer Lajoie
    • Ms. Mary-Beth Lang
    • Gregg Lattanzio
    • Ms. Julie LeBlanc
    • Mr. and Mrs. John L. Lehet
    • Ms. Michele Lelacheur- Cavaliere
    • Mr. William Lloyd
    • Mr. Richard Lolatte and Mrs. Julia McNamara
    • Mr. Robert H. Lord
    • Mr. and Ms. Andrew Lozyniak
    • Mr. and Mrs. John J. Mahony
    • Mr. and Mrs. Steven J. Manzone
    • Ms. Maureen Marini
    • Ms. Sharon J. Marosek
    • Mr. Preston Massaro
    • Ms. Mary Ann Matthews
    • Mrs. and Mr. Claudia Matthews
    • Mr. John C. McCabe
    • Ms. Mary Ellen McCarthy
    • Mr. Larry McHugh
    • Ms. Joanne McIntosh
    • Dr. Robert T. McLaughlin
    • Mr. Andrew McMaster
    • Ms. Kathleen McPadden
    • Mr. and Mrs. Jason Mengold
    • Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey P. Meotti
    • Mr. and Mrs. Christopher M. Mills
    • Mr. and Mrs. Bruce J. Mora
    • Mr. Richard M. Morabito
    • Mr. and Mrs. John Murphy
    • Ms. Emily Nissley
    • Mr. Bryan J. Nolan
    • Dr. and Mrs. Sean T. Nugent
    • Mr. and Mrs. Brendan J. O'Halloran
    • Ms. Oliver
    • Mr. and Mrs. Thomas O'Neil
    • Mr. and Mrs. David Onley
    • Mr. Jonathan D. Orent
    • Mr. and Mrs. Robert F. Orlich
    • Mr. Stephan Paasch
    • Ms. Marcy Pajolek
    • Mrs. Missy Palmisano
    • Mr. Josh Pandolfi
    • Ms. Lisa Peterson
    • Mr. and Mrs. Dan Petronella
    • Mr. Robert S. Poliner
    • Mr. and Ms. Laurence D. Pollack
    • Mr. Paul S. Polo
    • Ms. Julia Powell
    • Ms. Sheila Powers
    • Mr. and Mrs. Roy P. Pyne
    • Mr. P. Raabe, Llp
    • Ms. Socorro Ramos
    • Mr. William Regan
    • Mr. and Mrs. John Riccardi
    • Mr. and Mrs. Matthew R. Rich
    • Mrs. Patricia Richards
    • Mr. Henry Rygiel
    • Mr. and Mrs. Thomas D. Sanford
    • Ms. Mollie Schleehauf
    • Mr. Peter Scotella
    • Mr. and Ms. Louis Scotti
    • Mr. William Scully
    • Mr. Raymond L. Sementini
    • Mr. Tyler Sesto
    • Mr. Michael Sheehan
    • Mr. Ramy Shehata
    • Ms. Joann Slocombe
    • Mr. Peter Soldat
    • Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Spencer
    • Ms. Brenda L. Staves
    • Mr. Chris Stephens
    • Ms. Christine A. Sullivan
    • Ms. Theresa Sutton
    • Ms. Cheryl A. Suzio
    • Dr. Herbert Swarz M.D.
    • Mr. Frank Tantillo
    • Mr. Steven Tiezzi
    • Ms. Elisabeth Travers
    • Mr. and Mrs. Edward W. Trott
    • Ms. Maria Trotta-Violano
    • Mr. Robert Valenti
    • Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. Vasil
    • Mrs. Gail Wall
    • Ms. Kelly Walsh
    • Mr. Chris Warner
    • Mrs. Eileen M. Warta
    • Mr. and Mrs. Gregory Werk
    • Mrs. Nancy Werner
    • Mr. Mark E. Wilson
    • Ms. Linda Young
    • Ms. Patricia A. Zak

Employee Matching &
Matching Gift Companies

Matching Gift Companies & Employee Giving

    • AT&T
    • Achievers
    • Adams Hometown Market/IGA #430
    • Adams IGA Hometown Market
    • ADP
    • Aetna Foundation, Inc
    • Alexion Pharmaceuticals Matching Gift Program
    • America’s Charities
    • Ameriprise Financial Employee Giving Campaign
    • Ameriprise Financial, Inc.
    • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield of Connecticut
    • Aon Foundation
    • Arbella Insurance Foundation, Inc.
    • AT&T United Way/ Employee Giving Campaign
    • Avangrid
    • Bank of America Charitable Foundation, Inc.
    • Bearingstar Insurance
    • The Benevity Community Impact Fund
    • Best Buy Employee Giving Program
    • BIC Corporation
    • Big Y Foods Inc
    • The Blackbaud Giving Fund
    • Bozzuto's, Inc.
    • Bright Funds
    • Bristol Myers Squibb Company
    • Bristol PD
    • Bristol-Myers Squibb Employee Giving Program
    • Campbell Soup Company
    • Carpin Manufacturing, Inc.
    • Cartus Corporation
    • ChangeUp
    • Charities Aid Foundation of America
    • Chubb Charitable Foundation
    • CIGNA
    • CIGNA Matching Gifts Program
    • Cisco Systems
    • Collins Aerospace
    • The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven
    • Community Health Charities, Inc.
    • Connecticut Childrens Medical Center
    • Deloitte
    • Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation
    • Diageo North America
    • Disney Employee Matching Gifts
    • Disney VoluntEARS Grants
    • Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation
    • Enterprise National and Alamo
    • Eversource Energy
    • Eversource Energy Foundation, Inc
    • FedEx Corporation
    • The GE Foundation
    • Genentech, Inc.
    • Goldman, Sachs & Co. Matching GIft Program
    • Google, Inc.
    • Greater Hartford Community Foundation, Inc.
    • The Hartford
    • Hartford HealthCare
    • Hartford Steam Boiler Inspection & Insurance Company
    • The Harvey Hubbell Foundation
    • The Hometown Foundation, Inc.
    • HPI
    • IBM Corporation
    • IBM Employee Services Center
    • IBM Matching Gifts Program
    • Indeed, Inc.
    • JP Morgan Chase Good Works Employee Giving Program
    • Keybank Foundation
    • Kohl's Cares for Kids/Community Relations
    • Liberty Mutual
    • Linde, Inc.
    • Lockheed Martin Workplace Giving Campaign
    • Macy's Inc.
    • Major League Baseball
    • Markel Corporation C/O Cybergrants
    • Marsh & McLennan Companies
    • Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation
    • Mass Mutual
    • Mass Mutual Life Insurance Co.
    • Mastercard Matching Gifts Program
    • Microsoft Giving Campaign
    • Morgan Stanley
    • Morris Group, Inc.
    • Network for Good
    • News Corp
    • Nike, Inc.
    • Otis Elevator Company
    • Pfizer Foundation United Way Campaign
    • Pfizer Inc.
    • Pitney Bowes Corporation
    • Pitney Bowes Matching Gifts Program
    • Pratt & Whitney
    • Prudential Financial Inc.
    • Prudential Foundation Matching Gifts Program
    • Raytheon Technologies
    • Retail Services Agency
    • Robinson & Cole LLP
    • Romeo Athletics
    • Shell Oil Company Foundation Matching Gifts
    • Soros Fund Charitable Foundation
    • Stanley Black & Decker, Inc.
    • State Street Employee Giving
    • Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada
    • Sun Life Financial
    • Sunlife Financial -Sunlife Assurance Co.
    • Synchrony Financial Matching Gifts
    • T-Mobile, USA, Inc.
    • T. Rowe Price
    • Town of Newington
    • Travelers
    • Travelers Championship
    • Travelers/Cybergrants LLC.
    • Trinity Health of New England
    • TRUIST
    • United Health Group
    • United Parcel Service (main office)
    • United Technologies Charity Trust Account
    • United Technologies Corporation
    • United Way of Central & Northeastern Connecticut
    • United Way of Coastal Fairfield County, Inc.
    • United Way of Greater Portland
    • United Way of Greater Waterbury
    • United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, Inc.
    • United Way of Southeastern Connecticut, Inc.
    • United Way of West Central Connecticut, Inc.
    • Valley of the Sun United Way
    • Valley United Way, Inc.
    • Viking Global Foundation, Inc.
    • Virtus Funds
    • Voya Financial
    • Walt Disney World Company Foundation
    • Webster Bank
    • WORX
    • Xerox
    • YourCause LLC/Lenovo Employees Care Campaign
    • Yourcause LLC Trustee for Diageo North America
    • Yourcause, LLC Trustee for Ecolab-Community Relations
    • Yourcause, LLC Trustee for General Electric
    • Yourcause, LLC Trustee for The Hanover Insurance Group
    • Yourcause, LLC. Trustee for KeyBank Foundation
    • YourCause,LLC Trustee for Mastercard, Inc.
    • Yourcause LLC. Trustee for Medtronic Foundation
    • YourCause LLC Trustee for Pfizer Found Match Gifts Program
    • Yourcause,LLC Trustee for Robert Half
    • Yourcause, LLC Trustee for Synchrony Financial
    • Yourcause, LLC, Trustee for Wells Fargo Community Support

In Memory & In Honor of

All the brave & loving hearts

    • Bradley Ahlers
    • Cynthia Alamed
    • Gretchen Aldrich
    • Ruth Fellows Andersen
    • Janice Anderson
    • Jacqui Ascenzi
    • Tina Ashley
    • Anoop Babuji
    • Joseph Bajek
    • Ronald L. Baribeau
    • Ronald Baribeau
    • Martha Bassett
    • JoAnne F. Basso
    • Mikey Beal
    • Lucille Bedrin
    • Jennifer A. Berardi
    • Alan Bergers
    • John Bernetich
    • Jerome Bogart
    • John Bonini JR
    • Richard H. Bouchard
    • Larry and Jason Bourgoin
    • Albert Bourret
    • Nicole Bousquet
    • Dorothy A. Brady
    • James Brady
    • Daniel R. Buckley
    • Robert Bugg
    • James "Jimbo" Burghardt
    • Marylou Burmeister
    • Richard A. Burmeister
    • Marie Burns
    • Susan Caldwell
    • Deborah Callan
    • Dante Callegari
    • Tommy and Chris Calvo
    • Marie Capobianco
    • Jere Carangelo
    • Ginny and Gerry Carbone
    • Mary Carroll
    • Sandra E. Carvalho
    • Regina E. Cebulski
    • George Chandler
    • Ronnie Choiniere
    • Donna Cillo
    • Marie Ciresi
    • Salvatore Clarizio
    • Elizabeth Clark
    • Harold Cohen
    • John Corona
    • Robert Crawford
    • Henry Daden
    • Henry A. Daden
    • Albert C. Dahling
    • Pat D'Amico
    • Richard D'Amigo
    • Coach Dave
    • Richard Davidson
    • Deborah Davis
    • Michael C. DeFazio
    • Geraldine DeGenova
    • Andrew Delage
    • John Denote
    • Maryellen DeShaw
    • Matthew D'Ettore
    • Irene Didden
    • Rebecca Didomizio
    • William DiMeo
    • Richard Docknevich
    • Jeffery Doll
    • Kerri Donlin
    • Helen Donovan
    • Bill and Jean Downey
    • Wendy Drown
    • Deborah Dube
    • John Duffy
    • Marc M. Dufresne
    • Sheila Dupuy
    • Walter Dziura
    • Teddy Ebersol
    • Robert Ellam
    • Ernest Errichetti
    • Papa Faga
    • John Farr
    • Dave Fava
    • Leonard Ferrebee
    • Gertrude Ferrebee
    • Eleanor Fitzpatrick
    • Elizabeth H. Ford
    • Mike Fortunato 
    • Janet E. Fortune
    • Marilyn E. Fowler
    • Arthur C. Galaise
    • Elizabeth McKee Gallagher
    • Joesph "Don" Gallant
    • Raymond M. Galli
    • Domenick Gallo
    • Robert Garcia
    • Joseph P. Garneau
    • Marguerite Gelinas
    • Colleen Genovese
    • Raymond Geremia
    • Larissa Gionfriddo Posermanski
    • Sidney Gitlitz
    • William J. Glenney
    • James Graver
    • John (Jackie) J. Griffin
    • Jackie Griffin
    • Christina Haas
    • Eric Haas
    • Richard F. Hagearty
    • Gail Harman
    • Katherine Harris
    • Edward Hedrick
    • Marilyn Hendrixson
    • Charles Hicks
    • William H Honegger, Jr
    • Bobby Horlacher
    • Paul Hunt
    • Martha Hyland
    • Sterling and Della Jette
    • Carol Johnson
    • Tom Kalcznski
    • Mark Kaminski
    • Norma B. Keeney
    • Mary C. Kelleher
    • Linda L. Kellogg
    • Dorothy Kelly
    • Susan Kelly
    • Linda Kiernan
    • Ronald King
    • Richard J Klouda
    • Marie Kolak
    • Colin Kong
    • Henry Kulisch
    • Jean Lamothe
    • Coleen Lawlor
    • Donald J. Leroux
    • Gail Lind
    • Cole J. Litke
    • Betty Lord
    • Michael Lugauskas
    • Nick Madaras
    • Marie Maich
    • Emily Jean Mailman
    • Richard Maltese
    • Nancy Marcella
    • Gerald Marchand
    • Colby Marshall
    • Luigi Martini
    • Lisa Matejek
    • Barbara May
    • Hilllary McCurdy
    • Keith McGlauglin
    • Kevin McMahon
    • Julie McWilliams
    • George Meinsen
    • Logan Murphy Mengold
    • Lynn Mgrdichian
    • Nancy J. Micinilio
    • Rob Milardo
    • Melissa Ann Morrissey
    • Robert Munschauer
    • Maureen E. Murphy
    • Alice Neal
    • Neil O'Keefe
    • Moira O'Sullivan
    • Mark Pacuch
    • Nicholas Palladino
    • Joseph Pallotto
    • Jeffny Pally
    • Betty Palumbo
    • Joseph B. Panella
    • Thomas P. Partridge
    • Jack Patton
    • Lori Payette
    • Richard Pealer
    • Jeffrey Pedemonti
    • Dave Pelletier
    • Jacqueline Perry
    • Dennis A. Person
    • Paul Phalen
    • Melissa Phelps
    • Stanley Pokora
    • Lisa Quinn
    • Ilona Ranaudo
    • Eileen Rank
    • Marie P. Rinaldi
    • Jean Rivard
    • Judy Robertson
    • Ryan Romyns
    • Lois Roscioli
    • Frances Ruffino
    • Abip Sadiku
    • Anthony Salvatore
    • Lillian Santilli
    • Lucy Scalo
    • Eileen Schaffer
    • Carolynn Searles
    • Mildred Segla
    • Mary Sharpe
    • John D. Shea
    • Gloria Smith
    • Charles Snyder
    • Barbara T. Solomon
    • Gaston Soucy
    • Robert J. Wallace, Sr.
    • Brandon N. Stallworth
    • Jayne Sully
    • Jay Sutay
    • Christine A. Sweikert
    • Robert A. Tarantino
    • Kevin Taylor
    • Nate Tencza
    • Henry Tetrault
    • Makayla Thomas
    • Caroline Thome
    • Morris Trachten
    • Sylvia Trachten
    • Michael Treadway
    • Lil Walker
    • Edward Wall
    • Arthur Wall
    • Robert Wallace
    • Mary Frances Walsh
    • Janice Wasserman
    • Bobby Weidig
    • James C. Welbourne
    • Craig Weske
    • Earl White
    • Courtney B. Wilczewski
    • Cynthia Wiley
    • Ross Williamson
    • Pat Woods 
    • Walter Woods
    • Conor Wynne
    • Barbara Yaworowski
    • Frank Zajac
    • Zenia and George Zlotnick



We extend our most sincere gratitude to friends with the State of Connecticut: Department of Developmental Services (DDS) for their extraordinary contributions and continued support. Funding we receive from DDS helps us to sustain and expand the sports and health programs we offer, so that our athletes may realize their potential and our communities become more accepting and inclusive.


The businesses, civic groups, foundations and individuals listed in this annual report have contributed $500 or more to Special Olympics Connecticut during the 2020 calendar year. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of those list