STAMFORD, Conn., March 27, 2013 – WWE (NYSE: WWE) today announced an official partnership with Special Olympics Connecticut (SOCT), an organization that provides year-round sports training and competitions for close to 15,000 athletes of all ages with intellectual disabilities and unified partners throughout the state.
As part of the partnership, WWE will raise awareness and funds for Special Olympics Connecticut’s mission via all its assets, including TV broadcasts, live events, digital and social media. WWE’s more than 700 employees headquartered in Connecticut will volunteer at Special Olympics Connecticut events in the area, become a coach or work one-on-one with athletes. In addition, WWE will make an annual financial contribution to the charitable organization.
WWE will also be a presenting sponsor of the Law Enforcement Torch Run, Special Olympics Connecticut’s largest grassroots, year-round fundraising and public awareness vehicle. As part of the Law Enforcement Torch Run initiative, more than 1,500 officers and athletes will run and carry the “Flame of Hope” across the state for three days, June 5-7, 2013. The final leg of the run will end at the opening ceremonies for the 2013 Special Olympics Connecticut Summer Games held at Southern Connecticut State University.
“WWE will bring great joy and strength to Special Olympics Connecticut. WWE’s commitment to inspiring respect for all people and supporting Special Olympics Connecticut will help empower athletes of all ages and abilities to make great achievements and be recognized for their accomplishments,” said Beau Doherty, Special Olympics Connecticut President.
“WWE is proud to support the Special Olympics Connecticut mission to inspire inclusion and respect for all people,” said Vince McMahon, Chairman and CEO, WWE. “WWE, its Superstars, and more than 700 employees, look forward to being part of their important events and activities across our home state.”
For more information about Special Olympics Connecticut, please visit www.soct.org.