INTEGRIS Communications, an Edinburgh-based PR and marketing specialist, has teamed up with Special Olympics Scotland to help promote its 40th Anniversary Games taking place at Stirling University campus from 09-13 August 2018.
The anniversary games will celebrate both Special Olympics GB’s 40th birthday and also the 50th birthday of the worldwide Special Olympics global movement set up in 1968. The games are expected to welcome over 1,000 athletes, 400 coaches plus officials and attract over 6,000 spectators from across the UK and Europe.
Special Olympics is recognised as the world’s largest sports organisation for children and adults with intellectual disabilities and was founded in 1968 by Eunice Kennedy Shriver and is recognised by the International Olympic Committee.
The games are focused on health, well-being, education and social inclusion. Events will include boccia, badminton, cycling, football, golf, table tennis, low ability swimming, and low ability athletics. There will also be a special ‘Play Unified’ event, where athletes with and without a learning (intellectual) disability will play and compete together. The opening ceremony for the anniversary games will take place at Forthbank Stadium, Stirling, on 09 August 2018.
Mike Reynolds, managing director of Integris, explains: “We are delighted to help Special Olympics Scotland in any way we can. It is such a worthy and inspirational cause; what Yvonne Hay and Laura Smith (Games directors) and their team have achieved to plan and organise the 40th Anniversary Games is hugely impressive and hopefully it is going to be a big success.”
Reynolds adds: “There is still lots to be done, and other businesses can get involved whether that’s through sponsorship or volunteering their services like us. I can promise people when they see the smiles on the athletes faces come August all the hard work will be worth it.”
Yvonne Hay, Special Olympics Games director, adds: “This Olympic style event will celebrate the culture of joy, fun and wellbeing which can be achieved through sport. We are obviously very thankful to Integris, and to all the other contributing organisations, who give up their time free of charge to help such a worthy cause.”
For further information, please visit www.specialolympicsscotland40.com.
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