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Golisano honored for work with Special Olympics

The new Golisano Archives Exhibit at RIT (WHAM photo)

Henrietta, N.Y. – Paychex founder Tom Golisano is being honored for his contributions to Special Olympics and its Healthy Communities program.

Friday, RIT unveiled its new Golisano Archives Exhibit. It includes a map of all locations where Healthy Communities programs have been started, as well as thank you cards from around the world.

Golisano was honored for his contributions to the Healthy Communities initiative, which helped make the program possible.

“Healthy Communities is a very important thing that we’re involved in, partnering with Special Olympics,” Golisano said at Friday’s event. “And when 40 percent of athletes that show up at an athletic event for Special Olympics have some sort of deficiency – eyes, ears, teeth, feet – that’s a real problem. And we’re able to get volunteer doctors to come out and diagnose these young people, and in some cases give immediate relief to whatever their need is.”

“The investment the contributions of the Golisano Foundation to Special Olympics are beyond access to healthcare,” said Javier Vasquez, the senior director of health systems for Special Olympics International. “It’s the transformation of societies that are becoming much more inclusive all over the world.”

For more information on Health Communities, click here.

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