United Technologies Volunteers Get More Than They Give at Special Olympics Summer Games

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United Technologies Volunteers Get More Than They Give at Special Olympics Summer Games

UTC Celebrates 37 Years of Support for Special Olympics Connecticut
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Sikorsky employees managed track events throughout the weekend.

Alan Thierfeldt, a volunteer and employee from UTC, cheers on athletes during track events.

UTC volunteers help with various track and field events throughout the weekend.

Louis Zanette, Pratt & Whitney, congratulates an athlete on receiving a medal in the shot put competitions.

Cathy Sutherland watches as an athlete competes in the shot put competition. Sutherland, who is a teacher, was one of more than 500 employees, family members or friends of employees who volunteered on behalf of UTC.

Track competitions included 25- to 3,000-meter runs, walks and wheelchair races. UTC volunteers were stationed around the field, performing a variety of duties. Here, Terry Wachter of Sikorsky lines up athletes for a dash.

UTC was the event’s presenting sponsor and also provided more than 500 volunteers to assist at the various events and competitions, which were held June 6-8 at Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven, Conn.

And they’re off! Participants in a 50-meter dash are signaled to start the race by race starter Sal Vitelli.

Long-time volunteers and committee members, Dave Erasmus, Nancy Hemingway, Cynthia Esposito and Bill Hemingway.

Lori Martino and Charlene Ostrofsky, both of Sikorsky, pose for a photo after awarding the winning athletes of the 800-Meter Walk.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014 - 2:30pm

Skies were clear and sunny all weekend long as 2,450 athletes and coaches enjoyed their time to shine at the Special Olympics Connecticut Summer Games.

UTC was the event’s presenting sponsor and also provided more than 500 volunteers to assist at the various events and competitions, which were held June 6-8 at Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven, Conn. Overall, 510 coaches and 2,800 volunteers helped make the events in track and field, cycling, aquatics, tennis, soccer and gymnastics a success. This marks the 37th year that UTC has served as the title sponsor for the track and field segment of the Games.

Perhaps more familiar than most with the weekend’s efforts was Bob Gallipeau, Pratt & Whitney employee and UTC Special Olympics Committee Member. Gallipeau and his wife have been long-time volunteers at the event.

“I enjoy the friendships I have, between the athletes, the United Technologies Committee and the volunteers who come back every year to work with me,” said Gallipeau.

This year, Gallipeau served as venue director for both the pentathlon and the shot-put competitions and also installed fencing, hung banners and set up award areas during the wet weather days that preceded the Games. Storm-related challenges aside, Gallipeau remains an unwavering supporter of the Special Olympics and relishes the moments he shares with athletes.

“I had an athlete at shot-put, who won a gold medal with a 14.63-meter shot. When asked how he learned to throw that far, he walked over to me, put his arm around my shoulder and said, ‘This guy, many years ago, was my coach, and he showed me what to do,’” said Gallipeau. “It was very touching that he remembered.”

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