On Sunday, May 17 at the picturesque Loomis Chaffee School in Windsor, 758 Special Olympics athletes participated in track & field as well as aquatics events in the 2015 Northern Time Trials. Athletes, along with over 100 Unified partners from the participating schools, competed in order to place in the upcoming Summer games. The dedicated support of over 500 volunteers who give of their time and talents to support the athletes, assist with event preparations, athlete staging, timing and much more to ensure the event runs smoothly for all in attendance. Jeffrey and Nancy Hoffman who served as honorary chairs in 2014 assisted in securing the beautiful location for the Northern Time Trials and were pleased to join Mayor of Windsor, Donald Trinks, Hoffman family members and volunteers again this year in the opening ceremonies. “We have proudly supported the Special Olympics for many years,” remarked Jeffrey S. Hoffman, Co-chairman, Hoffman Auto Group, “and believe it is important to give back to our community in ways that impact the quality of life for those around us.” Nearly 60 Hoffman Audi employees and their families enjoyed the opportunity to return, once again, to cheer and encourage the hundreds of athletes.
“We are sincerely grateful for the tremendous support received from Hoffman Auto Group and its caring, dedicated employees. As a Presenting Sponsor of our Northern Time Trials, Hoffman Audi/Auto Group not only provided financial support, but also gave the priceless gift of caring, enthusiastic volunteers – sharing their hearts, their time and their joy,” said Sharon Rozum, Sr. Director of Partnerships and Corporate Relations, Special Olympics CT. She continued, “In addition to the Time Trials, it is our pleasure to partner with Jeffrey and Bradley Hoffman and the Hoffman Auto Group family for additional Special Olympics events throughout the year, including our Unified Sports® tournaments in schools across the state.”
The oath of the Special Olympics athlete is “Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.” Everyone who participates in an event, whether they be the athlete, family member, or volunteer is touched by this spirit of integrity, pride and hope. The athletes give their all to the sports in which they participate and do so with perseverance and joy. At times, one may experience uncertainty or nervousness, but with the gentle guidance of the supportive Unified partners, Special Olympics staff and compassionate volunteers, they walk, run, or swim their way to a personal victory.
“Making an impact in the lives of those around us is an important component to the Hoffman Auto Group culture,” states I. Bradley Hoffman, Co-chairman, Hoffman Auto Group, “and we are continually seeking to partner with other like-minded companies which results in a stronger and more sustainable community.”
Enterprise Rent-A-Car is one such company that has both business relations as well as community outreach partnership with the Hoffman Auto Group. “As a company, Enterprise Holdings prides ourselves on strengthening our communities one neighborhood at a time,” stated Lawrence Kucharski, Vice President and General Manager. “As a sponsor of Special Olympics, we are involved with an organization that supports team members who come from all of the neighborhoods we are proud to do business in,” Kucharski continues, “the Northern Time Trials were an excellent opportunity for our employees to get personally involved with the athletes. We had over 45 employee volunteers that were able to support, encourage and cheer on these amazing athletes and the hard work and dedication they bring to their events.
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