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Keenoy family recognized for selflessness

The Keenoy family of Fairfield will be honored at the Special Olympics Connecticut Hall of Fame Dinner — Celebrating 45 Years of Memories — on Wednesday, March 20 at the Aqua Turf Country Club, Plantsville.
The annual Hall of Fame event honors extraordinary athletes, volunteers and supporters who demonstrate leadership, spirit and selflessness, inspire joy through sport and promote inclusion and respect for individuals of all abilities.
Tickets, which must be reserved in advance, are $25 per person and may be obtained by calling 203-230-1201, ext. 276 or emailing kellib@soct.org.
The event is hosted and made possible through the generosity of the Bozzuto and Calvanese families. Registration will begin at 5 p.m.; the program at 6.
The Keenoy family will receive the Eunice Murtha Award, which is given to an individual or family who through philanthropic means, has made a significant impact on the organization.
Parents Pete and Beth Keenoy and their three children Kathleen, Lauren and Timothy (TC) have volunteered at Special Olympics state games for almost 15 years.
During Special Olympics’ Summer Games, they assist as athlete escorts and with field events.
At Winter Games, they help out at the floor hockey competition and at the Holiday Sports Classic, they volunteer at bowling.
The Keenoys’ commitment to supporting these games every year and their knowledge of proper scoring and rules of play, as well as their familiarity with the athletes and coaches help to ensure events run smoothly and successfully.
The Keenoy family also supports Special Olympics Connecticut financially each year.
“We are glad to pitch in and help because my family believes that Special Olympics is a wonderful organization that does great work,” said Pete Keenoy, who first got involved in the Special Olympics movement when his younger sister became an athlete with the Special Olympics Massachusetts program.
Special Olympics Connecticut provides year-round sports training and competitions for close to 15,000 athletes of all ages with intellectual disabilities and Unified Sports(r) partners — their teammates without disabilities.
Through the joy of sport, the Special Olympics movement transforms lives and communities throughout the state and in 170 countries around the world by inspiring inclusion and respect for all people, on and off the playing field.

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