The bond between the two bodies was formalized on Tuesday, (9th November), when officials of the sister organizations, signed a Memorandum of Understanding, during a ceremony held at the St. Kitts Marriott Resort in Frigate Bay.
“Today’s occasion is laying a very significant foundation of a relationship between both committees which will be very beneficial to both territories,” said the Chairman of Special Olympics St. Kitts & Nevis, Mr. Lloyd Lazar.
According to Mr. Lazar, the signed document serves as a formal agreement to partner and work together in promoting Special Olympics between both committees.
Meanwhile, Connecticut’s Special Olympics President, Mr. Robert Bukaty, in his remarks, described the memorandum as an evolution for the Connecticut’s Special Olympics committee.
“In the United States we have a tendency to focus on our own territories and geography and we felt that it was the time, in the development of Special Olympics Connecticut, to look outside its border, to give our athletes the opportunity to see things outside of the United State,” explained Mr. Bukaty.
Before the signing of the memorandum, a check of US$1,000 was presented to National Director of the local committee, Clarice Cotton.
Mr. Bukaty indicated that the financial donation was sent by another member of the Connecticut body, to assist the St. Kitts and Nevis Special Olympics.
“This is just the first of many donations and in a couple of days, on 20th November, another donation of US$1,000 will be handed over to Mr. Lazar, who will be attending our games,” Bukaty added.
Following the handing over of the check, the signing of the document was done by Chairman for the St. Kitts andNevis Olympic, Lloyd Lazar and Mr. Bukaty.
Special Olympics St. Kitts and Nevis is presently celebrating its annual week of activities which started Saturday, 6th November and ends Saturday, 13th November.
A number of events have been planned for the rest of the celebration, including a Street Parade in Nevis, followed by the launch of a Table Tennis Programme for the athletes on Thursday 11th.
The Street Parade in St. Kitts takes place Friday 12th starting at the Cotton-Thomas Comprehensive School and concluding at Independence Square. Saturday13th will be an Open Day.