Special Olympics British Columbia British Columbia

Goldcorp Invitational's support 'incredibly meaningful'

28 July 2013

The 2013 edition of the Goldcorp Invitational Golf Tournament was the most successful yet, helping Special Olympics BC athletes enjoy sport, friendship, achievement, fun, and acceptance through year-round sport programs and competitive opportunities.

Goldcorp President & CEO Chuck Jeannes, a member of the SOBC Board of Directors, said the support of the tournament truly makes an impact with Special Olympics.

“The support that you give to this organization is incredibly meaningful. I can tell you, having been on the board for a couple of years and having participated in Special Olympics activities, you just go there once and that will be all it takes for you to understand the true change you make in people’s lives,” Jeannes said.

“These athletes have the ability to go out and compete, to socialize, to strive, to have goals – it makes such a tremendous difference in their lives, and it comes out loud and clear the first time you go to an event.”

The Goldcorp Invitational Golf Tournament attracts significant support from Vancouver’s corporations and business elite.  And this year, Chuck Jeannes said he was thrilled to see the enthusiasm of the business community not only from Vancouver but also from Toronto and around Canada, with generous sponsors, donors, and golfers from the business community across the country attending and supporting the tournament.

Paddi Robinson, mother of SOBC – Surrey athlete Michaela, volunteered for the tournament and spoke about the impact Special Olympics has had on Michaela’s life and those of her family members. Michaela has made strong friendships through Special Olympics, has tried and succeeded in a range of sports, and has travelled to competitions and won medals. She has demonstrated the joy, pride, determination, and strength she feels backed by the encouragement and support galore from her Special Olympics community.

“Special Olympics has given her that confidence, that ability and determination, to go out and try her best and give her all,” Paddi Robinson said.

She thanked the tournament supporters and everyone involved in Special Olympics for helping to create the community and the programs that have opened a world of “confidence, pride, and determination” for her daughter.

The Goldcorp Invitational golf experience includes two simultaneous tournaments followed by an evening of inspiration where participants enjoy a full dinner, entertainment, live and silent auctions, and powerful messages from SOBC athletes and supporters.

Congratulations to the winning teams in the 2013 tournament:

Scramble champions: The Coaches (Canaccord Genuity)
Jim Hirst
Rene Picard
Peter Buckley
Mike Hirst
Derrick Pattenden

Tournament champions: London Drugs
Kurt Louie
Ken Morrison
Bob Kellock
Stan Smith

Goldcorp has been the presenting sponsor of the tournament for the past seven years, and takes pride in helping athletes of all abilities to achieve their dreams. Goldcorp is also a significant supporter of SOBC’s youth programs, and stepped up as a Gold Sponsor of the 2013 Special Olympics BC Summer Games as well as becoming a sponsor of the 2014 Special Olympics Canada Summer Games in Vancouver.

Jeannes served as Honorary General Manager for Team BC 2012, and has seen firsthand all that is made possible by Special Olympics sponsors. He encouraged everyone at the tournament to attend an SOBC sport event whenever they might have the opportunity.

“It’s very worthwhile. It’s one of the most fun things I’ve ever had the opportunity to do,” Jeannes said.

We are deeply grateful for the continued support of our generous sponsors:

Presenting Sponsor:
Goldcorp

Gold Sponsor:
GMP Securities

Greens Sponsor:
Silver Wheaton

Silver Sponsors:
BMO Capital Markets

Canaccord Financial
Scotiabank

Banquet Sponsor:
Deloitte

Tee Gift Sponsor:
Davis LLP

Cart Sponsor:
Cassels Brock LLP

Putting Contest Sponsor:
Endeavour Mining

Driving Range Sponsor:
Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Registration Sponsor:
RBC Capital Markets

More Goldcorp Invitational photos & info

Goldcorp President & CEO Chuck Jeannes (right) joins tournament Chair Michael Campbell & SOBC athlete Michaela Robinson.

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