University President John Garvey was honored on behalf of The Catholic University of America Dec. 2, as part of Special Olympics D.C.’s 32nd annual Night of Trees Gala. The award was given in honor of the University’s “long history of friendship and support” shown to Special Olympics D.C.

In addition to hosting the Special Olympics D.C. Summer Games for more than a decade, members of the Catholic University community also have partnered with Special Olympics D.C. for fundraisers and volunteer events.

President Garvey has been a supporter of Special Olympics for many years, through his family as well as with the University,” said Nicole Preston, Special Olympics president and CEO. “He embraces our mission of inclusion and helps bring it to life on campus.

“Many Special Olympics programs and events take place at Catholic University facilities, and we couldn’t ask for a more welcoming and supportive host,” she said. “Our athletes thank President Garvey and the entire staff and student body who help them have such wonderful experiences at the University.”

Special Olympics D.C. provides free sports training and Olympic-style competition to nearly 1,600 D.C. residents with intellectual disabilities every year. The goal is to help children and adults with intellectual disabilities lead healthier lives, build connections to the community, and develop essential life skills.

“I am so honored to receive this award on behalf of the Catholic University community,” said Garvey. “Working with Special Olympics and getting to know these talented and happy athletes has been a real joy for me and I hope that it is one that can continue for years to come.”

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