Building on more than 30 years of support, Bank of America has renewed its commitment to Special Olympics through 2018, working towards a joint mission to advance diverse and inclusive communities.
Over the next three years, the bank will act as an official financial services partner for the 2018 USA Games in Seattle as well as for the Special Olympics USA team that will compete in the 2017 winter World Games in Austria. Support also includes Athlete Leadership programs, which, for the first time ever, will feature financial skills trainings, as well as continued support of the Sargent Shriver International Global Messengers.
“Our long-standing relationship with Special Olympics reflects a company-wide commitment to fostering diversity and inclusion,” said Anne Finucane, Bank of America Vice Chairman and a member of the Special Olympics Board of Directors. “Through this next phase of our partnership, we’ll work with Special Olympics to empower individuals with disabilities around the globe and leverage our networks and channels to raise awareness and engagement.”
The bank has also received national recognition from ESPN for our work in changing perceptions of people with disabilities through the Pass The Flame campaign brought to life during the Unified Relay Across America torch relay in the lead up to and during the 2015 Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles, California. As the 2016 honoree of ESPN’s Corporate Community Impact Award, which recognizes a corporation that uses the power of sports to advance a social issue, the bank will direct a $100,000 donation from ESPN to Special Olympics. See announcement.
We are proud to continue in our joint mission to advance inclusive communities around the world.