Special Olympics Georgia receives $90,000 grant from The UPS Foundation

Money will be used to help fund organization's five annual State Games events

Jul 17, 2015, 10:13 ET from Special Olympics Georgia

ATLANTA, July 17, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Special Olympics Georgia received a $90,000 grant from The UPS Foundation, which drives global corporate citizenship and philanthropic programs for UPS (United Parcel Service) (NYSE: UPS). Special Olympics Georgia CEO Georgia Milton-Sheats made the announcement on Wednesday.

That grant will be used towards funding all weekend-long state events and competitions that are a part of Special Olympics Georgia. That includes State Masters Bowling, State Fall Games, State Horse Show, State Winter Games and State Summer Games. These events are hosted in various parts of the state with approximately 15,012 participants and volunteers involved, plus a large contingency of fans in attendance.

"We are so happy and fortunate to have received this grant as a part of The UPS Foundation," said Milton-Sheats. "We've had a strong relationship with UPS since 1987, and this will go a long way in terms of funding our big annual events that always are well-attended and draw a lot of support."

Established 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 of giving: volunteerism, diversity, community safety and the environment.

In 2014, UPS and its employees, active and retired, invested more than $104.2 million in charitable giving around the world. The UPS Foundation can be found on the web at UPS.com/foundation. To get UPS news direct, visit pressroom.ups.com/RSS.

About Special Olympics Georgia SOGA provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for 26,702 children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy, and participate in the sharing of gifts, skills, and friendships with their families, other Special Olympic athletes and the community. For more information, visit www.specialolympicsga.org


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