Special Olympics Virginia Area 6 Receives $5,000.00 Grant From UPS Foundation

The UPS Foundation, the Charitable arm of UPS (NYSE:UPS) has made a $5000 grant to Special Olympics Virginia Area 6.

The grant will be used to provide funds for the Special Olympics Virginia Area 6 Basketball program. The basketball program accommodates approximately 240 special needs athletes and is scheduled to offer five tournaments over a four-month training program. The highlight event for the athletes will be the “Manchester Basketball Tournament” expected to host almost 20 Special Olympics Basketball Teams.

Establshed in 1951 and based in Atlanta, GA 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 2010, the UPS foundation distributed more than $44.6 million worldwide through grants that benefit organization and programs such as Special Olympics Virginia Area 6 who’s efforts provide support for building stronger communities. The UPS Foundation is committed to funding impactful programs that make a meaningful difference in our communities – we are proud to support Special Olympics Virginia Area 6’s, said Ken Sternad, president of The UPS Foundation.

Special Olympics Virginia (www.specialolympicsva.org), created by The Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. Foundation, is a year-round program of sports training and competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Area 6 Special Olympics serves approximately 1,500 athletes in the Richmond Metro Area including Amelia, Chesterfield, Goochland, Powhatan, New Kent and West Point.  For further information, contact Michael J. Marretti at (804) 370-5926, mjmarr@aol.com or Tina Andes at (804) 726-3032, (800) 932.4653, tandes@specialolympicsva.org. Special Olympics Virginia serves more than 10,000 athletes through seven regional offices and 30 area programs. Special Olympics Virginia is one of 52 U.S. programs, and part of a global movement that serves more than 3.7 million athletes in more than 170 counties.

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Special Olympics Virginia Inc. * 3212 Skipwith Rd., Suite 100 * Richmond, Virginia 23294 * (804) 346-5544

Created by The Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. Foundation for the Benefit of Persons with Mental Retardation

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