On August 28, the Boston Bruins Foundation announced a donation of $1 million over the course of the next three years to Special Olympics Massachusetts as part of a new partnership between the Bruins Foundation and Special Olympics Massachusetts. This marks the largest donation by the Boston Bruins Foundation to date since its inception in 2003. Beyond the $1 million commitment, the Boston Bruins, Boston Bruins Foundation and Special Olympics Massachusetts will join forces to involve Special Olympics athletes in a variety of initiatives to promote inclusion and overall health and wellness.
The annual Boston Bruins Foundation golf tournament on Tuesday, September 4 marked the start of the partnership, highlighted by a ceremonial tee shot featuring a Special Olympics golfer and Tuukka Rask. At the home opener on Monday, October 8, fifty Special Olympics Massachusetts athletes were in attendance to symbolize the 50th anniversary of Special Olympics. Forty of these athletes took part in the Fan Tunnel presented by TD Bank, lining the ice resurfacer tunnel to cheer on the Bruins players as they took the ice at TD Garden for the first time this season. In addition, Special Olympics Massachusetts athletes participated in the ceremonial puck drop at center ice.
In addition to highlighting and honoring Special Olympics athletes at games and events throughout the season, the Bruins and Special Olympics Massachusetts will work together to educate fans on the impressive work that Special Olympics Massachusetts is doing in the community, and most importantly, the incredible talent and determination demonstrated by the athletes. The new "B Inclusive" logo will be on display throughout the season to demonstrate the ideals represented in this partnership.