Corona, CA, June 19, 2018 – White House Marketing has always supported Special Olympics and Special Olympics’ Athletes through financial donations online. However this year, WHM decided to go the extra mile and volunteered at Special Olympics.
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Each year, Special Olympics has sponsors who will take donations. WHM has always donated money. This year, we went the extra step to volunteer. “And, boy, is it a humbling, happy, emotional, intense, organized, chaotic experience. People complain about the simple things like jobs, finances and relationships. These athletes are so grateful to have the opportunity to cross the finish lines.”, says on WHM volunteer.
Special Olympics is thought to be about sporting events. But, Special Olympics serves as a social community event for the athletes involved. Not only is there an opening ceremony, but there is also a dance, vendors, festivals, award ceremonies, and meet-and-greets. Approximately 1,100 athletes were in attendance this year. The sporting events arranged were gymnastics, bocce, track, and basketball. An announcement came out this year during the Long Beach opening ceremony of flag football being added to next year’s list. Athletes watched as several Los Angeles Rams showed a demonstration.
During and before the Special Olympics, Kaiser Permanente had testing kits and medical supplies on hand to provide the athletes with a check up at no cost to the athlete. One athlete stated during a news conference several years ago the Kaiser medical tent picked up on early signs of cancer and saved his life. He is forever grateful.
Special Olympics Southern California is always looking for volunteers. Volunteers can sign up via the website. This is to ensure the volunteer can select what area he/she wishes to volunteer in. A volunteer can always sign up on the day of the event by simply going to the “non-registered volunteers” tent. Volunteers are then given an assignment–whether it is to be a fan in the stands or call out names during the award ceremony.
WHM will be attending this event from now on. Several volunteers from SOSC made everlasting connections that they are now becoming coaches at their local chapters. WHM CEO Randy W. states, “Special Olympics is something special to me. The fact that some of my business partners took action too and loved every second of it tells me we are doing something right.”