Special Olympics British Columbia British Columbia

Meet a Sponsor: Goldcorp

2 March 2017

Thanks to our vital sponsors, Special Olympics BC programs help thousands of individuals with intellectual disabilities celebrate personal achievement and gain confidence, skills, and friendship. Here we look at how significant support from Goldcorp empowers Special Olympics athletes of all ages to enrich their lives through the joy of sport.

Goldcorp started their support as a major sponsor for the Final Fore Golf Tournament in 2005. Five years later, Goldcorp made a $1 million commitment over four years to help SOBC develop youth programs. This generous gift allowed SOBC to more than double the number of youth programs offered around the province, and gave many more children with intellectual disabilities the opportunity to learn vital social and motor skills in a fun and welcoming environment.

To acknowledge the vital contributions made by the company, the Final Fore Golf Tournament was renamed the Goldcorp Invitational Golf Tournament in 2010. This inspiring annual event has been a huge success year after year, thanks to the help of many Goldcorp representatives who give their time as part of the event organizing committee. To date, the tournament has raised more than $2.1 million for Special Olympics BC.

In 2015, Goldcorp renewed their support by pledging an additional $1 million over four years. This generous support has allowed youth programs to continue growing, and has helped SOBC keep developing opportunities for athletes to train, compete, and improve their health.

Goldcorp is passionate about making a difference for Special Olympics athletes. Speaking at the Goldcorp Invitational Golf Tournament in 2016, Goldcorp Chairman Ian Telfer told the crowd, “It’s such an important cause, and it makes such an impact on the lives of the people we try to help.”

We are incredibly grateful to Goldcorp for being a dedicated and important sponsor of our work. Their generous support has helped Special Olympics BC make a difference to athletes of all ages across the province. 

Goldcorp President & CEO David Garofalo and SOBC - Surrey athlete Michaela Robinson.

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