Special Olympics Ireland announced as official charity partner of College Football Classic

Bon Jovi was on hand to make the announcement at the Aviva Stadium

Special Olympics Ireland has been chosen as the official charity of the Aer Lingus College Football Classic 2016.

Money from the tickets purchased for the game between Boston College and Georgia Tech - which takes place on Saturday, September 3rd, at 12.30pm in the Aviva Stadium - will go towards the organisation. 

The announcement was made in the stadium by Special Olympics ambassador Jon Bon Jovi along with Special Olympics Ireland athletes James Kelly and Fiona Bryson.

In one of numerous fundraising activities that will take place in the week prior to and at the game itself, it was announced that from Saturday, 23rd July, one euro will be donated to Special Olympics Ireland for every ticket bought for the game.

Jon Bon Jovi said he was delighted that Special Olympics Ireland has been selected as the official charity: "I have been a supporter of Special Olympics for many years and I have seen the impact throughout the world in terms of driving its message of inclusion and tolerance.

"It was a real privilege for me to have been a part of the Opening Ceremony of the 2003 Special Olympics World Games and to see at first hand the superb job Special Olympics Ireland do for their athletes and families. I would encourage everyone to support this great initiative.”

Matt English, CEO, Special Olympics Ireland, said: "As a sports organisation first and foremost, we are delighted to be connected with such a prestigious event. Any money raised will be of great help to support the programme of sports and training we currently offer to 9,100 athletes in 360 clubs around the country."

With Over 20,000 visitors from the US booked to travel for the Aer Lingus College Football Classic on September 3rd, there will be a week-long program of events throughout Dublin as part of the celebrations.

Trinity College will be the venue for the official Welcome Village and will play host to a variety of social, cultural and business-oriented activities.

Ticket prices range €45 to €110 for premium level. There are a number of family tickets (2 adults + 2 children) available from €120, all subject to booking fees via ticketmaster.ie