The UPS Foundation teams up with Special Olympics for positive change in Europe

Bringing our people together through sports
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What’s the story: As part of a two-year partnership, UPSers in Europe have been teaming up with Special Olympics athletes to boost inclusion – with a little help from the power of sports.

Why it matters: The UPS Foundation and Special Olympics Europe Eurasia have a shared focus of growing an inclusive culture in our workplaces and in society. By engaging our communities, we can create spaces that are open and equal for all.

“This unique regional partnership is bringing people together and making a lasting difference in the world,” said Nicolo Sgreva, UPS Community Relations manager for Europe. “We’re harnessing the power of UPS volunteers and Special Olympians to effect positive change across Europe and build a more inclusive society.”


How UPS is showing up: The UPS Foundation committed $2.4 million in grants and sponsorships to advance programs like the Special Olympics that are supporting people with disabilities 2021. Here are some of the way UPS people showed up:

  • Milan, Italy: More than 50 UPS employees participated in a fun and competitive public basketball game with Special Olympics athletes in in October. Check out the video below for an impression of the day.
  • Ottignies, Belgium: UPSers participated in the Special Olympics National Games in May, preparing and distributing lunch boxes.
  • Bratislava, Slovakia: UPSers played games with young athletes at the Special Olympics Young Athletes Day in May.

What they say:

  • “I will take with me three simple, yet genuine sentences spoken by the Special Olympians I met in Milan that we often take for granted: ‘I had lots of fun, I like to make new friends and I love you,’” said Paolo Valente, National Account Executive, UPS Italia.

“The blending of teams and coming together created an ‘esprit de corps.’ We all felt part of the same project. It was a genuine way to get in touch with your inner self and to touch the lives of others at the same time,” said Nicola Pasquini Account Executive, UPS Italia.

You belong at UPS: An intentional focus on creating inclusive and equitable communities leads to better outcomes for our people and throughout our business. That includes people with disabilities of all types.

Did you know: Special Olympics is the world's largest sports organization for children and adults with intellectual disabilities and physical disabilities, providing year-round training and activities to 5 million participants in 172 countries.

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