Everything you need to know about Special Olympics Germany x s.OliverOn January 29, the time has come again - the National Winter Games Thuringia 2024 are getting closer. In this article, we explain why we are a partner and what role our volunteers play
What is Special Olympics?
Special Olympics is the world's largest sports movement for people with intellectual and multiple disabilities and is officially recognised by the International Olympic Committee. It was founded in 1968 by Eunice Kennedy-Shriver, a sister of US President John F. Kennedy. The aim of Special Olympics is to help people with intellectual disabilities to achieve greater recognition, self-confidence and ultimately greater participation in society through sport.
Special Olympics Germany (SOD) was founded in 1991. Since 1998, the first national games, s.Oliver has been a partner of the movement.
Why are we a partner?
s.Oliver is a brand for her, for him, for everyone. Our customers are from the centre of society and an important part of the social backbone. Many make a positive contribution by getting involved privately in projects, clubs or organisations.
As a company, we also see it as our responsibility to make a positive contribution to people and the environment. That is why we have been a partner of Special Olympics Germany for more than 20 years and provide clothing for delegations, athletes and teams of helpers. We also send employees as volunteers to Special Olympics sporting events such as the National Summer and Winter Games to promote an understanding of diversity and inclusion and bring the spirit of the movement into our company.
What role do the volunteers play?
Our volunteers accompany the athletes during the competitions, are always available when they are needed and cheer them on. The unique spirit is particularly moving for the volunteers. Ambition and the will to succeed are paired with joy, mutual respect, support, emotion and unconditional honesty. The volunteers should also carry this spirit into our company. In order to actively promote this commitment, employees are given paid time off for part of their assignment and the company bears the travel costs.
In 2022, around 30 employees took part in the Special Olympics National Games in Berlin. In June 2023, around 40 employees also had the opportunity to volunteer at the Special Olympics World Games in Berlin.
This year, ten employees will be going to the Special Olympics Winter Games in Thuringia, which will be held in Erfurt, Oberhof and Weimar from 29 January to 2 February 2024.
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