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Wednesday 18 October 2017

Bon Jovi heralds Special Olympics link with Aviva gridiron classic

Special Olympics ambassador Jon Bon Jovi pictured with Special Olympics athletes James Kelly and Fiona Bryson at the Aviva Stadium. Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall
Special Olympics ambassador Jon Bon Jovi pictured with Special Olympics athletes James Kelly and Fiona Bryson at the Aviva Stadium. Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall

Grainne Loughran

Rock icon and Special Olympics Ambassador Jon Bon Jovi was in the Aviva Stadium yesterday - but not for one of his legendary live concerts.

He was there for the announcement that Special Olympics Ireland has been chosen as the official charity of the Aer Lingus College Football Classic 2016 between Boston College and Georgia Tech.

One euro will be donated to Special Olympics Ireland for every ticket bought for the match from July 23.

"It was a real privilege for me to have been a part of the Opening Ceremony of the 2003 Special Olympics World Games and to see at first hand the superb job Special Olympics Ireland do for their athletes and families," he said. "I would encourage everyone to support this great initiative."

This will be the third time in five years that US college 'gridiron' football comes to Ireland. More than 20,000 US visitors are expected to travel to Dublin for the match, on Saturday, September 3.

Matt English, CEO of Special Olympics Ireland, said: "Special Olympics Ireland is thrilled and immensely proud to be selected as the official charity partner of the Aer Lingus College Football Classic between Boston College and Georgia Tech. As a sports organisation first and foremost, we are delighted to be connected with such a prestigious event."

Stephen Kavanagh, Aer Lingus chief executive, said: "Aer Lingus and Special Olympics Ireland enjoy a long standing partnership since the staging of the Special Olympics World Games in Ireland in 2003."

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