Thunderbirds Donates Record $1M to Special Olympics

Gift will provide funds for new state office and distribution center

Thunderbirds Charities, the charitable giving arm of The Thunderbirds, announced a record-breaking donation of $1 million to Special Olympics Arizona. The donation is the largest single gift handed out by Thunderbirds Charities since its inception in 1937, and the gift will help support the building of a new Special Olympics Arizona state office and distribution center adjacent to Perryville Prison in Goodyear.

“This gift is only possible through the incredible support we receive from our corporate partners and from the best fans in golf who attend the WM Phoenix Open each year. We’re honored and humbled to have such a strong giving presence in the Valley,” says Chance Cozby, 2019 WM Phoenix Open Tournament chairman

The new facility, which will be led by JE Dunn Construction, will provide statewide support for programs and events that are not just for Special Olympic athletes and personnel, but also for the community and sporting events that focus on inclusion. It will provide a center for distribution services, uniform production, equipment and an efficient facility for youth and inclusive sports in Arizona.

The Arizona Department of Corrections is proud of its partnership with Special Olympics Arizona, and we are excited to host its new distribution center on the grounds of the Perryville Compex,” says Charles Ryan, ADC director. “It will create additional skill development and employment opportunities for our inmates and enable us to support the organization’s important and growing efforts to provide inclusive community programs and events throughout the state for years to come.”

The project is expected to be completed by the end of 2019.

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