On Sunday, November 10th when the Hamilton Bulldogs hosted the Niagara IceDogs in the second matchup of the K-9 Cup for the 2019-20 season, there was something bigger at play. The game was played in support of Special Olympics Ontario and featured several initiatives to help the organization and athletes with funding in hopes of moving them towards achieving their dreams on an international stage.
The festivities began off the opening faceoff as joining representative for the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics, Deputy Superintendent of Programs at Hamilton Wentworth Detention Centre, Carrie Collier for the ceremonial puck drop with Kade Landry and Akil Thomas were Special Olympians Mark Haggarty, Catherine Abrams & Austin Lee. The representation from Special Olympics Ontario was tremendous and provided for a great photo with the athletes standing alongside two of the Ontario Hockey League’s finest.
Further as the game was taking place, the Hamilton Bulldogs teamed with Special Olympics Ontario on both the day’s 50/50 draw as well as the “Chuck-A-Puck” fundraiser. In all the total funds raised and to be received by Special Olympics Ontario amounted $1337.13. The money raised and received will be distributed to local Special Olympics chapters to help fund athletes’ dreams.
Special Olympics Ontario was also promoting their own Ontario Hockey League wide, month long 50/50 draw, an innovation in fundraising for the organization. The draw opened as of November 1st and will close on November 30th with the winning ticket to be drawn on December 2nd at OHL Head Office. The league wide draw carries a guaranteed prize of at least $5,000 dollars and tickets are available at www.specialolympics5050.com .
Special Olympics Ontario have been a partner of the Ontario Hockey League since 2007 and the Hamilton Bulldogs were proud to be able to represent the cause and assist in fundraising efforts for the great athletes and people who compete and organize for the cause.