Why Special Olympics Canada is Meaningful to TSN’s Jennifer Hedger

— July 19, 2019

As the official media partner of Special Olympics Canada, TSN encourages you to choose to include! On July 20, join Special Olympics Canada to celebrate the Global Day of Inclusion and help empower people with intellectual disabilities break down barriers and experience the power of sport.

Special Olympics Canada and Tim Hortons have once again teamed up to create an exclusive donut for the Day of Inclusion, designed by Special Olympics athlete Tori Ranson. All proceeds from sales of the Special Olympics donut will support Special Olympics programs across Canada.

As an ambassador of Special Olympics Canada, TSN’s Jennifer Hedger has worked with the organization for more than 15 years. @TSN_PR sat down with Hedger to discuss her involvement with Special Olympics Canada and the importance of the Day of Inclusion.

 Q: Why is being a Special Olympics Canada ambassador meaningful to you?

JH: As a sports anchor, I am incredibly fortunate to have a platform to speak to the public about the incredible work that Special Olympics Canada is doing for Canadians. My role as an ambassador allows me to expand this reach, hosting various Special Olympics events and supporting special programs like the Day of Inclusion. This role gives me the opportunity to help shine a light on amazing Special Olympics athletes, and to help support Special Olympic Canada’s goal of creating inclusive communities across Canada.

 Q: How important is it for Canadians to get involved in the Day of Inclusion and help support Special Olympics?

JH: When we include everyone, and provide everyone with the opportunity to compete, work, and be part of a team, we all win. Special Olympics Canada helps empower this mission, enriching the lives of those with intellectual disabilities and their surrounding communities. We all have so much more to learn, and supporting the Day of Inclusion helps promote awareness, empowerment, and gives a valuable boost to Special Olympics in Canada!

 Q: You were recently awarded the 50th Anniversary Commemorative Award as a builder of Special Olympics Canada, what does that honour mean for you?

JH: Receiving the award was such a wonderful honour. I’m incredibly grateful to Special Olympics Canada and the amazing people I’ve met over the years. It made me reflect on how much I’ve learned during my time working with the organization and the important lessons that Special Olympics athletes have taught me about respect and equal opportunities. I now recognize the discrimination those with intellectual disabilities often face in our society, and I’ve learned to speak up any time I witness offensive language and behaviour. I’m motivated to continue my process of learning and growing with Special Olympics Canada while helping to promote the amazing impact sport can have for those with intellectual disabilities.

This Saturday, July 20, support Special Olympics Canada and head to your nearest Tim Hortons to purchase the Special Olympics Donut. To spread the word, post a picture of your donut on social media using the hashtag #ChooseToInclude and tagging @SpecialOCanada and @TimHortons!