CFL Hall of Fame quarterback joins Special Olympics Festival

Published on June 17, 2014

CHARLOTTETOWN – Canadian Football League Hall of Fame quarterback Damon Allen will be on Prince Edward Island next week.

Allen, described as one of the most prolific passers in football history, will be attending the 25th anniversary of the Special Olympics Festival on June 24.

One of the most accomplished and celebrated players in the CFL, Allen’s unprecedented 23-year career as an elite quarterback spanned three decades and included four Grey Cup championships, three Grey Cup most-valuable-player awards, and one CFL most outstanding player award.

Allen’s 72,381 passing yards is almost an impossible feat to achieve in professional football.

Allen joins a growing list of impressive celebrities confirmed for the event, including Gino Reda, host of TSN’s That’s Hockey; curler Brad Gushue; Montreal Canadiens assistant coach Gerard (Turk) Gallant of Summerside; Dion Phaneuf, captain of the Toronto Maple Leafs; Toronto Marlies goaltender Drew MacIntyre; actress Elisha Cuthbert, and Special Olympics P.E.I. female athlete of the year, Rachael Loggie.

The Sports Celebrity Festival is the largest annual fundraising event for Special Olympics P.E.I. It includes a luncheon in Summerside at Credit Union Place, and a gala dinner and auction in Charlottetown at the Delta Prince Edward Hotel.  

Tickets for both events are available by calling Charity Sheehan at (902)-368-8919.

Special Olympics is a charitable organization dedicated to enriching the lives of Islanders with an intellectual disability through sport. More than 500 athletes train and compete in over 50 programs, year round, in communities across the Island.