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were brought to Chicago by Harold Smith to represent Canada at the first International Special Olympics in 1968

1968 The year Special Olympics was founded

by Eunice Kennedy Shriver.

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Tim Hortons Announced as Special Olympics Canada Platinum Level National Partner


Special Olympics Canada is pleased to announce Tim Hortons as its newest Platinum National Partner, proudly joining 25 other partners of the Special Olympics Movement in Canada.

“We’re thrilled that Tim Hortons has signed as a Platinum National Partner with Special Olympics Canada,” says Sharon Bollenbach, CEO, Special Olympics Canada. “It is an honour to have such an iconic Canadian brand supporting the movement. Tim Hortons’ support will help provide greater resources for Special Olympics in communities across the country so more athletes and families can benefit from the transformative power of sport. I am delighted to officially welcome Tim Hortons to the Special Olympics Family.”

Tim Hortons’ support will directly benefit Special Olympics Canada’s child and youth programs, Active Start and FUNdamentals; in addition, Tim Hortons will serve as an official sponsor of Special Olympics Team Canada as the team begins their journey to the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games in Austria in March.  Tim Hortons will also provide support to Special Olympics twelve Provincial and Territorial Chapters across the country and for the 2018 National Summer Games taking place in Nova Scotia.

“Tim Hortons is a proud sponsor of sports for children and youth in all communities that we serve,” says David Clanachan, President and COO, Tim Hortons Canada. “We believe that the goal of sports is to have fun, encourage physical activity and build teamwork. We are excited to support Special Olympic athletes and families, and we celebrate the tremendous work that Special Olympics Canada does every day to help spread inclusivity, compassion and understanding through sport.”

As one of North America’s largest quick service restaurants, Tim Hortons will help bring more awareness to Special Olympics in Canada.  Through the Tims TV network and other assets, Canadians will learn about the inspiring abilities of those with an intellectual disability and how to get involved in Special Olympics’ world-class community and competitive programs across the country.