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2018 Boston Bruins Foundation Golf Tournament

Tyler Lagasse has had quite a summer. In June, the UMass Lowell student traveled to Seattle for the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games as the lone golfer on Team Massachusetts where he earned a silver medal in elite level golf. Then in August, Tyler had the opportunity to travel to a Unified PGA golf experience in New Jersey sponsored by United Airlines, to play alongside professionals.

On September 4, Tyler was a little closer to home when he hit the ceremonial first tee shot at the Boston Bruins Foundation annual golf tournament at The International in Bolton, Mass. 

Tyler was one of six Special Olympics Massachusetts athletes at the golf course to meet Bruins players, coaches, alumni and supporters, and share about their experiences with Special Olympics. The other athletes in attendance were Colin and Amanda Davidson, John Dunleavy, Beth Donahue and Nate Simons.

On August 28, the Boston Bruins Foundation announced a three year partnership with Special Olympics Massachusetts which will include a $1 million donation and collaboration between athletes and Bruins players. The Foundation will also work with Special Olympics Massachusetts staff to create more health and fitness opportunities for athletes. Proceeds from the tournament and auction will go to Special Olympics Massachusetts with more fundraising events to be held in the future.

The athletes traveled around the property meeting the players, taking a few selfies and even getting golfing tips. The day concluded with a dinner, auction and speeches by Boston Bruins Foundation Executive Director Bob Sweeney, Special Olympics Massachusetts President and CEO Mary Beth McMahon and athlete John Dunleavy, who is also a Bruins employee.

More photos from the day can be found here.

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