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Special Olympics Receives Largest Single Private Donation

Officials with the Golisano Foundation announced the donation Saturday during the opening of the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles

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    Special Olympics Receives Largest Single Private Donation
    Children dance at the 2015 Special Olympics World Games Opening Ceremony at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, July 25, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. The Special Olympics, the world's largest sports organization for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, will be the single largest event in Los Angeles since the 1984 Olympics, with more that 7,000 athletes from 165 countries participating.

    The Special Olympics has received a $25 million donation, the largest single private gift in the organization's 47-year history.

    The donation comes from the philanthropic foundation of Thomas Golisano, the founder and chairman of Paychex Inc. The Rochester, New York-based company is a payroll processor and human resources services provider.

    Officials with the Golisano Foundation announced the donation Saturday during the opening of the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles. The foundation says it will provide $25 million to expand the Special Olympics' health services globally for people with intellectual disabilities.

    In 2012, Golisano donated $12 million to the Special Olympics to help it launch an initiative to ensure that people with intellectual disabilities receive access to health care in their communities on a year-round basis.
     

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