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PRSA Greater Connecticut's
2022 Beacon Award

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (Dec. 10, 2022) - The Public Relations Society of America Greater Connecticut Chapter (PRSA CT) today announced that Beau Doherty, former president of Special Olympics Connecticut, is the recipient of the organization’s 2022 Beacon Award for his outstanding efforts for 40 years as the voice for athletes of all abilities across the state.

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The PRSA CT Beacon Award honors an executive who is a champion for the value of communications and public relations to enhance the important connection between their organization and its customers, clients, employees and communities but is not a communications professional themselves. Doherty will be honored with the award on Dec. 13 at PRSA CT’s 2022 Mercury Awards Ceremony in New Haven.

“Beau’s passionate advocacy for athletes of all abilities and his skills as an exceptional communicator represents the gold standard in inclusive and equitable communication, programming, and community engagement,” said PRSA CT President Alison Skratt. 


Doherty retired from Special Olympics Connecticut this past August after 40 years of creating opportunity, equality and inclusion for athletes of all abilities in Connecticut and around the world. Special Olympics Connecticut provides year-round sports training and competition opportunities for over 10,000 athletes (individuals with intellectual disabilities) and Special Olympics Unified Sports® partners (individuals without intellectual disabilities who are the athletes’ teammates). 


Doherty founded the Special Olympics Unified Sports program in 1992, which brings teammates of all abilities together on the same team. Today, Unified Sports has more than 1.4 million participants worldwide.


About PRSA Greater Connecticut (PRSA CT):

PRSA CT is one of more than 100 chapters that are part of the national Public Relations Society of America. Its mission is to advance the public relations profession and support the public relations practitioner. PRSA CT represents a diverse group of nearly 100 professionals in all stages of their careers who are committed to enhancing the practice of public relations in the state. Its members work in a variety of settings, including agencies, independent consultancies, business and industry, government, hospitals and healthcare organizations, professional associations, education, and nonprofit organizations. To learn more about the chapter, visit and follow it on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.


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