Paychex Inc. chairman Thomas Golisano and Special Olympics announced Tuesday a partnership to recognize those around the world helping to improve the health of individuals with intellectual disabilities.
The Golisano Health Leadership Awards come on the fifth anniversary of Special Olympics Healthy Communities, an initiative Golisano expanded in 2015 with a $37 million gift that helped bring health care to Special Olympians in 35 countries and 19 states in the United States.
The 2016 Golisano Health Leadership Awards will honor as many as 32 individuals or organizations around the world where Healthy Communities has been launched, officials said.
Of those honorees, seven recipients are slated to be selected to receive the global award scheduled to be announced at the Special Olympics World Winter Games in Austria in March.
"Having activated year-round health programming in more than 50 locations since our launch, we are on our way to reaching our target of 100 Healthy Communities within five years. While progress is steady and significant, the evidence still points to the need for more work," said Ann Costello, executive director of the Golisano Foundation.
“The Golisano Foundation and our founder, Tom Golisano, remain committed to working with Special Olympics toward inclusive health for all people with intellectual disabilities," she added.
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