Michael Van Ooteghem’s Life Honoured With Special Olympics Fundraiser

Puslinch native Michael Van Ooteghem’s life ended tragically out West in March, but friends and family have organized a fundraiser for Special Olympics in his memory

On March 3, Michael was on his way home in Calgary after watching the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Flames along with his partner Alexa and best friend Marty when he was struck and killed by a train. Van Ooteghem was 31.

In his memory, friends, family and colleagues will host a tribute and fundraiser in Calgary on Tuesday aimed at raising $100,000 for the floor hockey event during the February 2024 Special Olympics to be held in that city.

Michael had shared his hopes and dreams to one day support the floor hockey team by volunteering at the Special Olympics along with Alexa and his best friend from Guelph, Martin Kudla, who has a brother with special needs.

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