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Special Olympics honors Allen

RICK ALLEN

RICK ALLEN

Rick Allen of Weston will be honored at the Special Olympics Connecticut Hall of Fame Dinner on Wednesday, March 20, at the Aqua Turf Club in Plantsville. The annual event honors extraordinary athletes, volunteers and supporters who demonstrate leadership, spirit and selflessness, inspire joy through sport and promote inclusion and respect for individuals of all abilities.

Tickets, which must be reserved in advance, are $25 per person and may be obtained by calling (203) 230-1201, ext. 276 or emailing kellib@soct.org. Registration will begin at 5 p.m. with the program starting at 6.

Allen will receive the Susan Saint James Award, which is given to an individual whose leadership skills have brought about positive changes to the organization.

Allen recently completed a term as the chairman of the Special Olympics Connecticut Board of Directors and currently serves as its finance committee chairman. During his tenure on the board, Special Olympics Connecticut grew its athlete base by 11 %, the largest increase in the organization’s history. Allen was instrumental in securing new supporters, developing Special Olympics Connecticut’s strategic plan and bringing its Southwest Regional Games to a new venue — Weston High School/Middle School.

Allen also participates in fundraising events to benefit Special Olympics. He has demonstrated his commitment by rappelling 22 stories down the side of the Infinity Building at Harbor Point (Stamford) during an Over the Edge fundraiser to support Special Olympics athletes across the state.

Special Olympics Connecticut provides year-round sports training and competitions for close to 15,000 athletes of all ages with intellectual disabilities and Unified Sports® partners — their teammates without disabilities.

Through the joy of sport, the Special Olympics movement transforms lives and communities throughout the state and in 170 countries around the world by inspiring inclusion and respect for all people, on and off the playing field.

For more information visit www.soct.org

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