Gala Hall of Fame inducts Special Olympics Club

United Warriors Special Olympics Club presentation in Gala Headquarters in Kill
United Warriors Special Olympics Club presentation in Gala Headquarters in Kill

A Special Olympics football side, United Warriors FC, has been inducted into the Gala Hall of Fame - the first team of its kind to receive the accolade.

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20 February 2018 | 0

United Warriors FC, a Special Olympics football club based in Rathcoole, Dublin, has become the first side of its kind to be inducted into Gala’s Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame, established by Gala in recognition of the work of athletes, coaches and volunteers at Special Olympics Clubs across Ireland, aims to highlight and promote these clubs’ work.

The United Warriors Football Club was welcomed into the Hall of Fame by Gala CEO, Gary Desmond, who presented the club with a ‘Gala Hall of Fame’ certificate and a gift hamper. The presentation took place at Gala Retail’s head office in Kill.

Speaking at the presentation, Desmond said that Gala has long been impressed with every fact of Ireland’s Special Olympics programmes.

“Through Gala’s ongoing partnership with Special Olympics, and our attendance at various regional activities and events, we have constantly been impressed with the level of commitment and effort from the athletes, volunteers and coaches from each Special Olympics Club,” Desmond said. “Gala created the ‘Gala Hall of Fame’ as a recognition of this hard work, providing clubs with a token of our admiration for the work they do in communities across Ireland.”

Gala has been in partnership with Special Olympics since 2015, when the retail convenience group sponsored Team Ireland’s attendance at the Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles. Since then the retailer has committed to a further 4-year sponsorship, which has seen the group support Team Ireland at the Special Olympics Winter Games, as well as ongoing regional activities and events throughout the year.

The partnership will continue for the Special Olympics Ireland Games taking place in Dublin in June and through to the Special Olympics World Summer Games which will take place in Abu Dhabi in 2019.

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