Special Olympics British Columbia British Columbia

Sponsor Category

2015 Inductee: Goldcorp

Induction summary written in 2015:

Goldcorp began their support as a major sponsor of the Final Fore Golf Tournament in 2005. To acknowledge their significant support, in 2010 the tournament was renamed the Goldcorp Invitational Golf Tournament. Close to $1.8 million was raised through these events for Special Olympics BC.

In 2010, Goldcorp made a $1 million commitment to Special Olympics BC over four years to assist with the development of youth programing. This gift from Goldcorp allowed SOBC to more than double the number of youth programs offered around the province. Now many more children with intellectual disabilities as young as two years old are learning vital social and motor skills and becoming active in sport.

In 2015, Goldcorp renewed their support, and pledged an additional $1 million over four years to continue their support of Special Olympics BC youth programs, enable further growth of those programs, and help with the establishment of new program offerings that will increase opportunities for SOBC athletes to train, compete, and improve their health. Goldcorp is passionate about making a difference for Special Olympics athletes.

2015 Inductee: Staples

Induction summary written in 2015:

Staples became a national sponsor in 2000 and has raised over $766,000 for Special Olympics BC in this 15-year partnership. Additionally, their efforts have built considerable awareness for Special Olympics.

Over and above the annual Give a Toonie Share a Dream campaign, Staples has supported the Sports Celebrities Festival as a national partner and provided gift cards for office purchases to help offset the budget. They also host an annual staff softball tournament where Special Olympics BC athletes are invited to participate on every team.

Staples has made a significant impact on Special Olympics BC over their 15-year involvement.

2007 Inductee: Hart to Heart Croquet Tournament

Induction summary written in 2007:

2007 marked the 20th anniversary of the Hart to Heart Croquet Tournament. The annual tournament was held at the Hart House Restaurant on Deer Lake, with all proceeds benefitting Special Olympics BC. The tournament raised more than $1 million for Special Olympics BC over its two decades.

 

2006 Inductee: The Government of BC

Induction summary written in 2006:

The Government of British Columbia has been providing financial support to Special Olympics BC for most of the organization’s existence. This support has grown over the years, enabling more individuals with intellectual disabilities to train and compete in Special Olympics BC programs. Since 2000 alone, the Government, through its grants and gaming program, has provided almost $1,000,000 to Special Olympics BC.

The Government of British Columbia has supported Special Olympics BC for over 20 years and Special Olympics BC is honoured to recognize their outstanding contribution to our sport and our communities.

2006 Inductee: Canadian Progress Club

Induction summary written in 2006:

The Canadian Progress Club is devoted to assisting those in need as well as creating and preserving a sincere spirit of friendship. There are 48 clubs across Canada and each club is committed to the advancement of the best interests of the community in which they are located.

Not only do Canadian Progress Club members provide financial support to Special Olympics BC through numerous fundraising activities, but many also volunteer as coaches, or provide support and encouragement to the athletes by attending Special Olympics events and competitions. The Canadian Progress Club – Greater Vancouver has two annual events where the proceeds are directed to Special Olympics, Plywood Cup and a Slo-Pitch Tournament.

The Canadian Progress Club has supported Special Olympics BC since its inception and is one of the longest-serving sponsors.

2003 Inductee: BC Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR)

Induction summary written in 2003:

The Law Enforcement Torch Run is one of the largest fundraising partners of Special Olympics BC, and has raised funds, support and community awareness for Special Olympics BC since 1990. In the BC LETR’s first year, police officers supported Special Olympics BC hosting the National Summer Games by running from Calgary (the site of the previous National Summer Games) to Vancouver.

Since then, police officers and associated law enforcement personnel have fundraised for Special Olympics BC through innovative events such as the Final Leg Run, Free the Fuzz/Copsicle sits, and community runs. Many law enforcement personnel also volunteer for Special Olympics BC in a wide range of positions, including as special events volunteers and coaches.

Today, with the support of the B.C. Association of Chiefs of Police and a majority of law enforcement agencies, the LETR raises more than $200,000 for Special Olympics BC annually, with over $1.8 million for Special Olympics BC raised between 1990 and 2004 alone.

2002 Inductee: BC Auto Dealers Association

Induction summary written in 2002:

Since 1986, the BC Auto Dealers Association (now the New Car Dealers Foundation of BC), has been an outstanding sponsor and supporter of Special Olympics BC. In addition, to the association’s donation of vehicles and resources to Special Olympics BC events, the BCADA raised over $2.2 million for SOBC from the time of its initial involvement with Special Olympics BC in 1986 to 2002 (the time of its induction into the Hall of Fame) alone.

Today, the New Car Dealers Foundation of BC continues its legacy of support, raising essential funds for Special Olympics BC through its annual, province-wide, online auction. For more information on the New Car Dealers Foundation of BC/Special Olympics Auction, please click here.

2000 Inductee: Dave "Tiger" Williams

Induction summary written in 2000:

Former Vancouver Canuck Dave “Tiger” Williams led a distinguished, 14-year NHL career, averaging nearly 20 goals a year. He has also been a dedicated and loyal supporter of Special Olympics BC since 1982.

Dave founded and hosted the renowned Tiger Williams Golf Classic for over 18 years, raising over $1.2 million for Special Olympics BC. He served on Special Olympics BC’s Board of Directors for several years, and on six different occasions served as either an Honorary Chairperson or Honorary Head Coach for Special Olympics teams competing in Provincial or National Games. He was also instrumental in garnering support for Special Olympics BC among his extensive network of associates and friends.

In recognition of his support, Special Olympics BC inducted Dave Williams into the Special Olympics BC Hall of Fame in 2000.