LAWRENCEVILLE, N.J., Aug. 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The 2014 Special Olympics USA Games announced today KPMG LLP, the audit, tax, and advisory firm, has signed on as a Founding Partner of the 2014 USA Games and will be the Presenting Sponsor of the Games' Golf Competition, which will be held at Mercer Oaks in West Windsor, NJ. KPMG has renewed its commitment to Special Olympics North America as Presenting Sponsor of the 2013 Golf Invitational at the Stockton Seaview Resort in Galloway, NJ on October 17-20. As part of KPMG's partnership, KPMG will also support the Special Olympics Team USA Golfers that will be attending the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles, CA.
Nearly 3,500 athletes will travel to New Jersey for the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games to compete in 16 Olympic-style team and individual sports, with the support of 1,000 coaches, 10,000 volunteers and an anticipated 70,000 spectators. The 2014 USA Games will celebrate the Special Olympics movement, promote the ideals of acceptance and inclusion through sport and showcase the abilities of athletes with intellectual disabilities. The 2014 USA Games will be staged throughout Mercer County, NJ including competitions at Princeton University, Rider University, The College of New Jersey and Mercer County Park, with the Opening Ceremony taking place at the Prudential Center in Newark. The Golf Competition will be held at Mercer Oaks Golf Club, part of Mercer County Park Commission, which offers two championship courses built in traditional style with tree lined fairways, ample bunkers and challenging greens.
"For the past five years, KPMG has been a tremendous supporter of Special Olympics' golf initiatives," said TJ Nelligan, Chairman & CEO of the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games. "Our goal was to create an integrated and tiered program for KPMG that showcases the company's increased commitment to providing sporting opportunities for individuals with intellectual disabilities - from the grassroots level with local office initiatives to a national platform as a Founding Partner of the 2014 USA Games and beyond, with its affiliation with Special Olympics Team USA Golfers who will compete at the 2015 World Summer Games."
KPMG will also be the Presenting Sponsor of the 2013 Special Olympics North America Golf Invitational taking place October 17-20 at the Stockton Seaview Resort in Galloway, N.J. Over 200 athletes and 50 coaches will compete at the only golf and spa resort on the New Jersey Shore. KPMG has been the Presenting Sponsor for the North America Golf Invitational since 2009 and was also a sponsor of the 2010 Special Olympics National Games in Nebraska.
"Our expanding involvement with Special Olympics reflects KPMG's commitment toward enhancing the lives of people of all abilities," said Shaun Kelly, Vice Chair – Operations, KPMG LLP. "The athletes and their families continue to be a source of inspiration for our firm and we are honored to share our spirit and support for the coming years. Through events such as the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games and Special Olympics Golf Invitational, our volunteers will have the opportunity to experience the courage, sportsmanship and sheer enjoyment that the athletes bring each year to the games."
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About the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games
The Special Olympics USA Games will be hosted by New Jersey June 14-21, 2014. Nearly 3,500 athletes will compete in 16 Olympic-style team and individual sports, with the support of 1,000 coaches, 10,000 volunteers and 70,000 family, friends and spectators. The Special Olympics USA Games will celebrate the Special Olympics movement, promote the ideals of acceptance and inclusion through sport and showcase athletes from throughout the U.S. and the abilities of people with intellectual disabilities. The 2014 USA Games will also highlight Special Olympics' work in sport, education, health and communities. Founding partners for the 2014 Special Olympic USA Games include Barnabas Health, HESS, KPMG, PSE&G, ShopRite, Toys "R" Us and WWE. Learn more about the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games at www.2014specialolympics.org and follow the Games on Facebook at Facebook.com/SpecialOlympicsUSAGames and Twitter @2014USAGames.
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