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• May 17, 2018

2018 marks the 10th year that TD has partnered with Special Olympics. To date, TD has raised $9.9MM for the organization, which has gone toward year-round sports training and athletic competitions for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. TD's six-week Special Olympics campaign kicked off on Monday, May 14: Wristbands will be available at all TD Bank locations with a donation of $5.

Beyond our fundraising efforts, TD is proud to count many Special Olympics volunteers among our Employees. See how they're making a difference.

Howard Mayer: Special Olympics Unified Partner and Tennis Coach

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As a Special Olympics Unified Partner, I compete alongside the athletes at tennis. Through this partnership, I advocate for inclusion through sport while also coaching at various events from local tournaments and clinics to regional sectional competitions and the New Jersey State Summer Games. I am also proud to represent Team New Jersey as a tennis coach when it sends its athletes to Seattle, WA for the 2018 USA Games.

Perhaps the single most rewarding aspect of my involvement is the one that keeps giving—endless ear-to-ear smiles! The sheer joy and satisfaction of seeing the impacts on every athlete I get to interact with has been nothing short of life-changing. They may not always win or even earn a medal but they don't need to either. Without exception, Special Olympics athletes put forth their best effort towards having a meaningful experience, no matter what their chosen sport is.

While some may perceive that what they can't do holds them back, I see as being what they can do to drive them forward. The Athlete's oath encapsulates this perfectly: "Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt."

Howard Mayer is a Business Process Officer for TD Bank, based in Mount Laurel

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