For nearly 50 years, the Special Olympics has been promoting a better world for people with intellectual disabilities through the power of sports. And through School Day Games, they come directly to students in schools across Massachusetts.
During School Day Games, students participate in a traditional Opening Ceremony, compete or participate in three or more sports activities, and receive awards for their accomplishments during a presentation at the end of the event. Each spring, more than 30 school districts will participate in the Games, thanks in part to a grant from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation.
Special Olympics Massachusetts and its school partners will organize more than 31 School Day Games, with over 400 schools and 4,500 athletes across the state participating. The Games are designed to introduce students to the Special Olympics, and combat bullying and other negative behaviors by promoting acceptance and inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities.
“We are incredible grateful for our partnership with Bank of America. School-Day-Games are a very important initiative in spreading our mission of respect, inclusion, and opportunity in schools throughout Massachusetts,” said Mary Beth McMahon, President and CEO of Special Olympics Massachusetts. “Bank of America’s long-time support has had a tremendous impact in helping this mission reach tens of thousands of students.”
Massachusetts employees from Bank of America locations across the state regularly volunteer individually or as teams at many of the School Day Games, assisting the organizers and athletes to ensure a well-run and enjoyable day for all involved.
Bank of America and Special Olympics have been partners for over 30 years. In addition to local efforts like School Day Games, the Bank of America Charitable Foundation provided $5 million to support the 2015 Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles.