Media Alert/Interview Opportunity - Toronto FC Academy hosts Special Olympics for first-ever exhibition game

Special Olympics athlete Mar Rizzuto grabs a moment with TFC legend Danny Dichio. Dichio was joined by members of the Toronto FC Academy's senior squad and Jimmie Brennan. All played against local Special Olympics soccer stars in an afternoon friendly. (CNW Group/Special Olympics Canada)

Special Olympics soccer stars played a friendly this afternoon against members of Toronto FC Academy. Honourary captains Danny Dichio and Jimmie Brennan, also attended. (CNW Group/Special Olympics Canada)

Local Special Olympics soccer stars pose with members of Toronto FC Academy. The teams went head-to-head in a friendly held at BMO Fields this afternoon. (CNW Group/Special Olympics Canada)

TORONTO, May 1, 2012 /CNW/ - Select Special Olympics soccer players will go head-to-head with senior members from the TFC Academy in an exhibition game on Friday, May 4 at Toronto's BMO Field.  The game will kick off Special Olympics Canada's annual conference.

Coached by two of the TFC Academy's head coaches and retired professional footballers Danny Dichio and Jim Brennan, the game will bring together champions and supporters of the athletic community to celebrate the transformative power of sport and determination.

EVENT DETAILS:

GAME:
Celebrity TFC Academy coaches Danny Dichio and Jim Brennan will support and empower Special Olympics athletes and members of the Toronto FC Academy in an exhibition game.

WHEN:   Friday, May 4
From 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Game will run between 2:30 and 3:00pm
Interviews can be scheduled either before 2:00 p.m. or after 3:00 p.m.
   
WHERE:  BMO Field, Exhibition Grounds, Toronto
   

CELEBRITIES/SPOKESPEOPLE:

Danny Dichio, Head Coach of the Toronto FC Academy U19 Team & retired English footballer

Jim Brennan, Head Coach of Toronto FC Academy U17 Team & retired Canadian footballer

Lindsay Glassco, President and CEO, Special Olympics Canada 

Beverly Hammond, President & CEO Veritas Communications & Chair, Special Olympics Canada

About Special Olympics Canada
Established in 1969, the Canadian chapter of this international movement is dedicated to enriching the lives of Canadians with an intellectual disability through sport. Operating year round in all Canadian provinces and territories except Nunavut, this grassroots movement reaches beyond the sphere of sport to empower individuals, change attitudes, and build communities. From two-year olds enrolled in Active Start to mature adults, there are more than 35,000 children, youth, and adults with an intellectual disability registered in Special Olympics programs across Canada, and they are supported by more than 17,100 volunteers, including more than 13,500 trained coaches. For more information, visit www.specialolympics.ca or follow us on Facebook and Twitter (@SpecialOCanada).

 

 

Image with caption: "Special Olympics athlete Mar Rizzuto grabs a moment with TFC legend Danny Dichio. Dichio was joined by members of the Toronto FC Academy's senior squad and Jimmie Brennan. All played against local Special Olympics soccer stars in an afternoon friendly. (CNW Group/Special Olympics Canada)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20120504_C2900_PHOTO_EN_13163.jpg

Image with caption: "Special Olympics soccer stars played a friendly this afternoon against members of Toronto FC Academy. Honourary captains Danny Dichio and Jimmie Brennan, also attended. (CNW Group/Special Olympics Canada)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20120504_C2900_PHOTO_EN_13164.jpg

Image with caption: "Local Special Olympics soccer stars pose with members of Toronto FC Academy. The teams went head-to-head in a friendly held at BMO Fields this afternoon. (CNW Group/Special Olympics Canada)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20120504_C2900_PHOTO_EN_13165.jpg



For further information:

Special Olympics Canada contact:
Susana Petti
Director, Marketing & Public Relations
Special Olympics Canada
T: 416.927.9050, ext. 4383
E: spetti@specialolympics.ca 

Onsite media contact:
Amanda Gun-Munro
Veritas Communications
D :416-955-4580
C : 647-588-6817
gun-munro@veritascanada.com