Bank of America Announces Support of 2015 Special Olympics World Games, Joins Other Leading Brands as Official Partner
Mohamed Gaballa, a Special Olympics swimmer from Egypt, aspires to compete in Los Angeles next year.
July 31, 2014
The Bank of America Charitable Foundation announced today it will provide $5 million to support the 2015 Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles (LA2015), building on a partnership between Bank of America and Special Olympics that has spanned more than 30 years. Bank of America joins Coca-Cola, Deloitte, Mattel and Toyota as an Official Partner.
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A Shared Commitment
Founded in 1968 by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, Special Olympics is a global movement that transforms lives through the joy of sport. The 2015 World Games, being held in Los Angeles July 25 – August 2, will be the largest sports-and-humanitarian event anywhere in the world next year.
“Special Olympics has had an immeasurable impact on countless individuals and families around the world,” said Anne Finucane, Bank of America global chief strategy and marketing officer and a member of the Special Olympics Board of Directors. “Colleagues have inspired our employees through their participation as athletes and volunteers, embodying the Shriver legacy of empowerment and inclusiveness.”
“Working with long-standing partners like Bank of America, which offer not only financial support, but also a shared commitment to people with intellectual disabilities, is essential to the success of the World Games,” said Patrick McClenahan, president and CEO of the 2015 Special Olympics World Games. “It’s refreshing to see our partners go above and beyond through volunteerism, employment opportunities and other critical initiatives.”
Bank of America recently had five athletes compete in the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games, all of whom work on the company’s Support Services team, which provides meaningful employment to approximately 300 individuals with disabilities. In addition, more than 2,000 Bank of America employees have volunteered with Special Olympics over the past 18 months, logging nearly 12,000 hours.
More than 7,000 athletes from 177 countries will be participating in the 2015 World Games, with more than 500,000 spectators and 30,000 volunteers expected to attend. The event will be the largest hosted by the City of Los Angeles since the 1984 Olympic Games.
About the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games
With 7,000 athletes and 3,000 coaches representing 177 countries, along with 30,000 volunteers and an anticipated 500,000 spectators, the 2015 Special Olympics World Games - being staged in Los Angeles July 25 - August 2, 2015 - will be the largest sports-and-humanitarian event anywhere in the world in 2015, and the single biggest event in Los Angeles since the 1984 Olympic Games. The 2015 Special Olympics World Games, with the unparalleled spirit, enthusiasm, teamwork, joy and displays of courage and skill that are hallmarks of all Special Olympics events, will feature 25 Olympic-style sports in venues throughout the Los Angeles region. The Opening Ceremony, to be held July 25, 2015 in the historic Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, site of the 1932 and 1984 Olympic Games, is expected to attract 80,000 spectators. On April 30, 2014, LA2015 and ESPN announced a global programming deal that will see ESPN bring coverage of World Games to millions of fans around the world. Honorary Chairs of the Games are President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, with Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and California Governor Jerry Brown serving as Honorary Hosts. Current Founding Champions and sponsors include The Coca-Cola Company, Mattel, Deloitte, Toyota, Bank of America, Kaiser Permanente, Davis Elen Advertising, AEG, David Geffen, Steven Spielberg and his wife Kate Capshaw, The Walt Disney Company, and Knights of Columbus. LA2015, the Games Organizing Committee, is a recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. For more information on the 2015 Special Olympics World Games, including volunteer and sponsorship opportunities, visit www.LA2015.org.
About Special Olympics
Special Olympics is a global movement that unleashes the human spirit through the transformative power and joy of sports, every day around the world. We empower people with intellectual disabilities to become accepted and valued members of their communities, which leads to a more respectful and inclusive society for all. Using sports as the catalyst and programming around health and education, Special Olympics is fighting inactivity, injustice and intolerance. Founded in 1968 by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, the Special Olympics movement has grown to more than 4.4 million athletes in 170 countries. With the support of more than 1.3 million coaches and volunteers, Special Olympics delivers 32 Olympic-type sports and more than 81,000 games and competitions throughout the year. Special Olympics is supported by individuals, foundations and partners, including the Christmas Records Trust, the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics®, The Coca-Cola Company, The Walt Disney Company and ESPN, Lions Clubs International, Mattel, P&G, Bank of America, Essilor Vision Foundation, the B. Thomas Golisano Foundation, Finish Line, The Safeway Foundation, and Safilo Group. Visit Special Olympics at www.specialolympics.org. Engage with us on: twitter@specialolympics, fb.com/specialolympics, youtube.com/specialolympicshq, instagram.com/specialolympics and specialolympicsblog.wordpress.com.
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