Special Olympics Georgia received a $80,000 grant from The UPS Foundation the charitable arm of UPS.
The grant will be used for the five state competitions hosted for children and adult athletes with intellectual disabilities across the state as well as the meals venue at the State Summer Games next May at Emory University.
Special Olympics Georgia is thankful to The UPS Foundation for their tremendous support as this will help serve more Special Athletes year round and at the state level games. Georgia Milton-Sheats, the CEO of the organization, said, "The incredible support we received from The UPS Foundation is a tribute to their commitment to the community at large and to the 23,078 Special Athletes involved in our program statewide. We truly could not afford to do rewarding work at this level without their support."
Established in 1951 and based in Atlanta, Georgia, The UPS Foundation identifies specific areas where its backing clearly impacts social issues. In support of this strategic approach, The UPS Foundation has identified the following focus areas for giving: non-profit effectiveness, economic & global literacy, encouraging diversity, community safety and environmental sustainability.
In 2009, the UPS Foundation distributed nearly $43.6 million worldwide through grants that benefit organizations or programs such as Special Olympics Georgia and provide support for building stronger communities.
"The UPS Foundation is committed to funding impact programs that make a meaningful difference in our communities - so we are proud to support Special Olympics Georgia's efforts to increase the number of athlete participants and expand the volunteer program," said Ken Sternad, President of The UPS Foundation.