Toys”R”Us Pledges $1 Million for Special Olympics
The Organizing Committee of the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games and Toys”R”Us today announced a $1 million commitment from the Toys”R”Us Children’s Fund, making Toys”R”Us the first Founding Partner of the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games.
In addition to its Founding Partner status, Toys”R”Us will be the Presenting Sponsor of the Young Athletes Festival, a first-of-its-kind feature at a Special Olympics USA Games event.
The Toys”R”Us Young Athletes Festival will provide opportunities for children, ages 2-7, and their families to take part in the Special Olympics Young Athletes program, Healthy Athletes activities and family seminars geared toward the future stars of Special Olympics.
“Toys”R”Us signing as the first Founding Partner of the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games continues their on-going support of our movement,” said Timothy Shriver, chairman and CEO of Special Olympics. “Their vision and leadership in the area of inclusive play will only add to the unity that these National Games will create throughout New Jersey and the nation.”
The 2014 Special Olympics USA Games will take place at sporting venues throughout New Jersey, June 14 through June 21. More than 3,500 Special Olympics athletes from all 50 states and the District of Columbia will compete in 17 sports. An estimated 10,000 volunteers as well as 50,000 additional spectators will be in attendance.[ Also Read: Media Programme for London Olympic Games ]
Since it was founded in 1992, the Toys”R”Us Children’s Fund says it has provided millions of dollars in grants to leading special needs organizations, including the American Society for Deaf Children, Muscular Dystrophy Association, National Down Syndrome Society and Autism Speaks, among others.