Leafs Chad Kilger, Argos Keith Pelley and Peterborough Police Chief Terry
McLaren Inducted into Special Olympics Sponsors Hall of Fame
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Toronto Maple Leafs’ Chad Kilger and Toronto Argonauts’ President Keith
Pelley have been inducted into the Special Olympics Ontario Sponsors Hall of
Fame, along with Peterborough Police Chief Terry McLaren. The Hall of Fame
recognizes volunteer fundraisers and directors who’ve made significant
contributions to benefit Special Olympics athletes.
“Keith Pelley, Chad Kilger and Chief McLaren exemplify the vision and drive of
volunteers who for more than 40 years have enabled Special Olympics Ontario to
continue to expand our programs exponentially,” said Special Olympics Ontario
CEO Glenn MacDonell. “They are Hall of Famers in the eyes of Special Olympics
athletes, their families, and their communities.”
MacDonell said police officers in Ontario have contributed enormously to
Special Olympics by championing The Law Enforcement Torch Run fundraising
campaign. Chief Terry McLaren was instrumental in that movement, elevating him
into the volunteer Hall of Fame.
“Chief McLaren runs one of the outstanding Torch Run programs in the world,”
MacDonell said. “He also encourages his officers to participate and recognizes
them in a model example of leadership where Special Olympics is the
Pelley has demonstrated his commitment and passion for Special Olympics
repeatedly, both during his time at The Sports Network (TSN) and now in his
role leading the Toronto Argonauts.
“For me, this is recognition of all the great work Special Olympics volunteers
do collectively. And ultimately, we all do it for the Special Olympic
athletes, who are the real heroes,” Pelley said.
Kilger, a Toronto Maple Leaf forward, has also given tirelessly of his
efforts, even during a busy NHL season, to support Special Olympics with his
time and dedication.
“I appreciate the fact that there is something I can do as a member of the
Toronto Maple Leafs to help raise awareness about Special Olympics and the
great work they do,” Kilger said. “But what I do personally is a very small
piece of the puzzle compared to the amazing efforts of these Special Olympic
Special Olympics is a charitable organization that uses sport as the vehicle
to inclusion and integration. In September of 1989 the Special Olympics
Sponsors Hall of Fame was instituted to recognize the builders and volunteer
fundraisers who through their individual or collective efforts make Special
Olympics Ontario a stronger more valued “cause”.
Since 1989, a total of 78 individuals have been inducted into the Special
Olympics Ontario Sponsors Hall of Fame.