The Unsung Heroes Gala saw 12 serving volunteers receive awards for their contributions as well as 15 special awards. The Special Olympics North American Coach of the Year award was given to Special Olympic swim coach Penny McDowell for her long serving contributions to the program and its athletes. This was the first time a coach from the Caribbean has won the award, afterwards McDowell credited the entire program for its collective effort.
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From Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, Jordan Armenise began his sports broadcasting journey with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League. It was in this role where he was able to merge his best attributes: sports knowledge and personality. While with the Ticats, Jordan provided live analysis and interviews while developing a digital portfolio of one-on-one interviews, episodic sports comedy and full length sports & news features. He has also worked with CBC Sports for Hockey Night in Canada, the 2014 Sochi Olympics and Special Olympics as well as roles with Cineflix and Cream Productions as an Assistant Director.