Together We’re Making a Difference in the Communities We Serve
Founded in 1968 by the late Eunice Kennedy Shriver, Special Olympics mission is to provide year-round sports training and competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports, while never charging the athletes or their families to participate. These competitions offer athletes the opportunity to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in the sharing of gifts, skills and friendships with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.
Their first International Special Olympics Games were held at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois. 1,000 athletes from 26 states and Canada participated in track and field and swimming events. The 2015 Games will be held in Los Angeles and are expected to draw 7,000 athletes from 170 countries and include 3,000 coaches, 30,000 volunteers and more than 500,000 spectators. Special Olympics has forever changed the world's perception of people with intellectual disabilities.
Special Olympics & Publix
Publix's relationship with Special Olympics began in 1972 when founder George Jenkins provided a grant from our Foundation to send Special Olympics Florida athletes to the Second Special Olympics National Games in Los Angeles.
Our commitment continues today by providing volunteers for Special Olympics competitions, serving as the premier sponsor of the Florida Law Enforcement Torch Run and by offering our customers and associates the opportunity to support athletes across our five, soon to be six, state operating area by purchasing paper torches. Together, since 1994, we have raised more than $22.5 million for Special Olympics! Last year's campaign helped raise more than $3 million!
In addition, our mission to be involved as responsible citizens within our communities extends into our stores as we are proud to be an employer of choice for many Special Olympics athletes in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina and Tennessee.
For more than 40 years, we have shared the vision of Special Olympics and have been proud supporters along with our partners at Procter & Gamble, and you, our loyal customer.
How You Can Help
You can help make a difference in your local community by: