Teams Behind the Team
“Few people appreciate the team behind the team it takes to make a World Games experience possible for our athletes, and all at no cost to the athlete or their family,” said Chris Hahn, Head of Delegation for Special Olympics USA. “It is the support of partners like Toyota, that made this once-in-a-lifetime experience a reality for the athletes who represented our nation this summer.”
Continuing a 30-year history with Special Olympics, Toyota was the official automotive partner of the 2015 World Games.
Nearly 700 Toyota employees volunteered at the Games and the company provided 400 vehicles to transport athletes and coaches around Los Angeles, as well as support vehicles for relay and torch runs. Toyota dealers got involved too, raising funds and awareness to help local athletes and their supporters. Here are just a few examples:
Kerry Toyota in Florence, Ky., donated $2,000 to the World Games at an event featuring Team USA rhythmic gymnast Danielle Leigh Blakeney. She joined other local athletes to raise awareness for individuals with intellectual disabilities.
Kansas was a big stopping point for the Unified Relay Across America, which began its cross-country tour of the nation in Maine on May 26. Eddy’s Toyota of Wichita got into the spirit by hosting a World Games celebration on June 23 at the Wichita Wingnuts baseball game.
Read about Beaman Toyota and Rochester Toyota’s support of the Special Olympics World Games athletes.