TORONTO, May 15, 2019 /CNW/ - Host city Toronto officially welcomed more than 2,000 athletes from Canada, US and the Caribbean. Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders declares 2019 Special Olympics Ontario Invitational Youth Games (IYG) #youthgames2019 games officially open alongside student-athlete Patrick Carstens. Competitions including, Athletics, Basketball, Bocce, Floor Hockey and Soccer, take place at venues across the GTA May 14-17. Admission is free.
The Honourable John Tory, Mayor, City of Toronto
"It's a tremendous honour to welcome these athletes, their coaches and families to our great city. These games are the epitome of our shared commitment to diversity and inclusion."
Mark Saunders, Chief of Police, Toronto Police Service, Honorary Chair, 2019 Invitational Youth Games
"Toronto's Invitational Youth Games is an amazing showcase of athleticism, and it creates an awareness that will help us break down barriers and help create unity, tolerance and respect, something that is important to these athletes, as well as to law enforcement agencies all around the world".
Glenn MacDonell, President & CEO of Special Olympics Ontario
"We're creating a blueprint for the world. The lives of many Special Olympic athletes and communities will be forever changed by these games any by exporting the unified sport model."
SOURCE Special Olympics Ontario
For further information: FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO SCHEDULE INTERVIEWS, CONTACT: Gabby Nobrega, Breakthrough Communications, [email protected], 416.930.9756; Jasmina Vranesevic, 2019 Special Olympics Ontario Invitational Youth Games, [email protected], 905.746.3656