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Johnson & Johnson and Special Olympics Switzerland enter into a long-term partnership

Zug, 05 December 2016 - Pascal Hoorn, member of the Swiss Leadership Team of Johnson & Johnson, was clearly delighted: “As one of the leading healthcare companies, our products reach nearly every household and consumer in all phases of life in Switzerland and around the world. Caring for the world, one person at a time. This mission statement inspires and unifies the people who work for Johnson & Johnson and our Family of Companies. Our partnership with Special Olympics Switzerland will enable us to fulfil this obligation in Switzerland on a grand scale.”

 

The partnership with Special Olympics Switzerland puts people with an intellectual disability at the heart of its agenda. Intellectual disability is a term used when a person has certain limitations in their cognitive functioning, skills and abilities – as for instance in their abilities to learn, to plan or to reason. The restrictions can also include that a person may find it difficult to analyze a situation, to generalize skills or knowledge learned in one situation to a new situation, or to foresee the full consequences of their actions.

 

A mental disability affects the overall development or learning ability of people in very different ways, and the diagnosis alone does not predict the possible development of an affected child. This last sentence is particularly important when talking about Special Olympics and Special Olympics Switzerland.

 

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

 

To this end, the foundation facilitates local, regional, national and international events which help to create shared experiences with other athletes, family members and society. In Switzerland, Special Olympics Switzerland has been operating as a foundation since 1995. In 2015, 50 regional competitions were run in 17 different sports with a total of 2‘294 participants.

 

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