Boston Bruins Home Opener features Special Olympics Massachusetts
The puck drop at the Boston Bruins home opener on October 8 symbolized more than just the beginning of a new season of hockey in Boston, and more than the beginning of a winning game against the Ottawa Senators. The ceremonial puck drop, done by Special Olympics Massachusetts President and CEO Mary Beth McMahon with the help of Unified partner Betame DeBono and athletes Beth Donahue, Ned Reichenbach and John Dunleavy, represented just how important the new partnership between the Boston Bruins Foundation and Special Olympics Massachusetts really is.
For the home opener, the Boston Bruins Foundation 50/50 Raffle offered a guaranteed jackpot of $250,000 with all proceeds going to Special Olympics Massachusetts. This is just one element of the three-year partnership between the organizations, which includes a commitment of $1 million dollars and collaboration between Bruins players and Special Olympics athletes. Since the partnership was announced in September, athletes have also participated in the press conference and the annual Bruins Foundation Golf Tournament.
As Mary Beth McMahon has said, putting the Special Olympics Massachusetts logo next to one of the most recognizable and respected sports logos in the country is a game changer for our Special Olympics athletes – placing the organization as the sixth sports organization in New England, alongside the Boston Bruins, New England Patriots, Boston Celtics, Boston Red Sox, and New England Revolution. This respect in the sports community was demonstrated at the game with athletes on the jumbo-tron, live interviews on NESN, and the Special Olympics Massachusetts and Bruins “BInclusive” logo everywhere you turned.
Special Olympics athletes were involved in many aspects of the Columbus Day game from the fan tunnel, to the puck drop, to Zamboni rides. As the players came out, around 50 Special Olympics athletes were there to greet them and give high fives before the action began. Following the ceremonial puck drop, the Bruins did not disappoint, scoring in the first few minutes and maintaining a lead the entire game.
At the second intermission, three athletes, were a part of an on-ice contest to see who could get the puck closest to the TD Bank logo. Tyler Lagasse, a golfer most days, was the winner. In the end, the Bruins pulled off a 6-3 win over the Senators including a hat trick by Patrice Bergeron, making for an exciting game.
Thank you to Bob Sweeney and everyone at the Boston Bruins Foundation for your ongoing support of our athletes and another thank you to TD Bank for making opening day so special. Read more about the partnership between the Boston Bruins and Special Olympics Massachusetts!