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Special Olympics Switzerland

Special Olympics celebrates its 50th anniversary.

2018 is an important year for Special Olympics, as the organization celebrates its 50th anniversary worldwide. This is widely celebrated both internationally and nationally with numerous festivities. As a national partner of the organization, Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies in Switzerland supports various events, including Special Olympics torch runs in various Swiss cities. Together with the Special Olympics athletes, numerous J&J employees ran for a good cause. The focus was not on athletic performance, but on raising awareness of the organization to promote greater inclusion in society.

National Summer Games in Geneva - a success story

Another highlight of the anniversary year are the National Summer Games, which took place from 24 to 27 May. Around 1,600 athletes competed in 13 different sports at 7 different venues in the middle of the city of Geneva. J&J was there with about 40 volunteers to support the athlete teams, the award ceremonies and the event with fun and games. This major event, which takes place every four years, aims to promote the appreciation, acceptance and equality of people with intellectual disabilities. This goal was more than successfully realized - four days full of sport, energy, joy and emotions in the heart of the city of Geneva. «The whole experience was amazing and certainly one of the most emotional events I have ever experienced. It is inspiring to see so many people with so many different challenges and impairments coming together to measure themselves, but also to celebrate together. I was overwhelmed by the commitment of our J&J employees» Emelie Dorlin, Community Impact Manager Switzerland

Together we are stronger

The long-term partnership with Special Olympics Switzerland is reflective of Johnson & Johnon’s existing commitment to the common good and its support for social initiatives. «The partnership is based on a shared passion for improving the appreciation, acceptance and well-being of people with intellectual disabilities» explains Bruno Barth, managing director of Special Olympics Switzerland. «With the support of the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies, we can accomplish even more for our athletes and their family members – for their self-esteem, physical fitness, independence and courage to try new things. This has an impact on more than just those who are directly affected and will sharpen awareness for the issues and goals important to Special Olympics Switzerland.»

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Special Olympics

Special Olympics is the world's largest sports movement for people with intellectual or multiple disabilities. Special Olympics was founded in 1968 and in 1988 officially recognized by the International Olympic Committee. The object and purpose of Special Olympics are popular sports programs that promote general physical fitness and agility. They help to strengthen the self-confidence, the joy of movement and the athletic performance.

More information: www.specialolympics.ch