This past weekend, hundreds of athletes, family members, friends and Pratt & Whitney employee-volunteers gathered at the P&W Hangar in East Hartford, Conn., for the 2017 Special Olympics of Connecticut Winter Games Floor Hockey Competition.
For the 19th consecutive year, P&W transformed its Hangar into two floor hockey rinks where teams from across the state competed throughout the two-day event. The Floor Hockey Competition was one of the five Special Olympics Winter Games events in action over the weekend, in which more than 900 athletes of all abilities, from across the state participated.
The event kicked off on Saturday morning with the Opening Ceremonies featuring inspirational messages from athletes, corporate sponsors as well as Connecticut Senator Tim Larson and East Hartford’s Mayor Marcia Leclerc. Following the lighting of the Flame of Hope and the reciting of the official Special Olympics Oath, the competition was underway. The 13 teams were split into three divisions and after two days of competitive action the West Hartford LionHearts, the West Hartford LionHearts Cubs and the Newington Wolfpack found themselves atop the standings.
This year approximately 40 Pratt & Whitney employees, family members and friends worked to set up and host the floor hockey competition, ensuring the success and smooth operation of the event for the athletes. Pratt & Whitney is a bronze sponsor of the Connecticut Special Olympics Winter Games as United Technologies Corporation has partnered with Special Olympics Connecticut for 40 years, with thousands of employees, retirees and their families volunteering for the organization throughout that time.
In addition to the action inside the rink, athletes were offered blood pressure screenings and education sessions on the importance of hydration through the Special Olympics Healthy Athletes program. Special Olympics Connecticut provides year-round sports training and competitions for more than 13,000 athletes of all ages with intellectual disabilities and Unified Sports® partners - their teammates without disabilities.