Continuing its ongoing partnership with Special Olympics, Bank of America has signed on to be a Legacy Partner of the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games.
The bank expanded its work with Special Olympics last year by sponsoring the first-ever Unified Relay Across America torch relay in lead up to the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles.
Bath Knox, president and CEO of the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games, said the games highlight the talents of athletes with intellectual disabilities, promote the ideals of acceptance and inclusion through sport, and celebrate the transformative power of Special Olympics.
The 2018 Games will include 3,500 Special Olympics athletes from all 50 states and the District of Columbia, 1,000 coaches, 10,000 family members, 10,000 volunteers and an estimated 50,000 spectators. It’s expected to be the most significant sporting event in Seattle since the 1990 Goodwill Games and will be a highlight of Special Olympics’ global 50th anniversary.
“We’re excited about this next chapter in our partnership with Special Olympics,” said Bank of America Washington State President Anthony DiBlasi.
Across the country, the bank continues to support the Special Olympics message of inclusion through philanthropic partnerships that go beyond financial support. Last year alone, Bank of America employees volunteered two million hours in a variety of ways, including support of Special Olympics events.
The games will be held in Seattle, WA in July of 2018.