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

NOTE TO EDITORS: Photos will follow after the event on Friday.

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.


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


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 or follow us on Facebook and Twitter (@SpecialOCanada).

SOURCE Special Olympics Canada

For further information:

Special Olympics Canada contact:
Susana Petti
Director, Marketing & Public Relations
Special Olympics Canada
T: 416.927.9050, ext. 4383

Onsite media contact:
Amanda Gun-Munro
Veritas Communications
D :416-955-4580
C : 647-588-6817

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