Tom Golisano was honored at Rochester Institute of Technology for his contributions to global health, specifically through Special Olympics in a new Golisano Archives exhibit unveiled on Oct. 20.
Javier Vasquez, chairman of Special Olympics International, spoke at the celebration about the ways that Special Olympics Healthy Communities initiative — made possible by gifts from Golisano — is opening doors for people with intellectual disabilities around the world.
Healthy Communities was launched in 2012 and expanded in 2015 with gifts totaling $37 million from Golisano. Tim Shriver, chairman of Special Olympics, spoke about the significant progress that has been made.
“Since 1985, Tom Golisano has been a true champion for the health rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities worldwide,” said Shriver. “As a tireless advocate for the Special Olympics movement, Tom and the Golisano Foundation enable and empower communities of care, where the contributions of people with intellectual disabilities are better understood, encouraged and valued by all. Tom’s financial support to Special Olympics, which has exceeded any single contributor in the 50-year history of the organization, has served as a catalyst to grow this global movement as a force for positive social change and inclusion, improving over the years the health of countless athletes around the world. His investments in both time and money to the cause of intellectual disabilities has no parallel, and we are immensely grateful for his continued support and partnership.”