A match point for inclusion at UPS

Adaptive tennis star excels on the court and in the office
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What’s the story: Óscar Sotomayor is getting used to big stages. The inventory control associate for UPS in Argentina has represented his country at some of the world’s biggest adaptive tennis tournaments, including the U.S. Open in New York and the French Open at Roland Garros in Paris.

Paralyzed in both legs from the age of one, Óscar was determined to focus on his abilities, becoming a prolific athlete in javelin, discus throw, table tennis, basketball – and particularly on the tennis court, where he has participated in five World Team Cups, winning four medals in singles and five in doubles.

Success in the workplace: Óscar has also built a long-term career at UPS, joining in 2006 as an administrative assistant and pursuing career development opportunities to his current role making sure every UPSer in the local warehouse has exactly what they need to do their jobs.

“UPS has given me the opportunity to focus on my abilities and live proudly as my whole, authentic self,” said Óscar. “I’ve developed great working relationships with colleagues who are attentive to any of my specific needs.”

“Óscar is a perfect example of how focusing on abilities instead of disabilities helps people grow and thrive at work and in life,” said Erika Vargas, community relations director for Latin America. “At UPS, we’re really committed to a culture that includes people with disabilities of all types.”

Leaving a legacy: Óscar is determined to give back to the next generations, making sure they have equal access and opportunity. He’s the founder of the Argentine Association of Adapted Tennis, as well the Salta Disabled Association that helps children with disabilities in his hometown develop their strengths through sport.

UPS’s culture of inclusion resonates deeply with Óscar. “I have witnessed firsthand how UPS is committed to fostering more inclusive communities … either by supporting people with disabilities through volunteer activities or contributing to charitable organizations. I am so proud to be a UPSer.”

Did you know: The UPS Foundation committed $2.4 million in grants and sponsorships to advance programs supporting people with disabilities last year, including Special Olympics, Inc., The Viscardi Center and the National Organization on Disability.

More inspirational stories:

  • Find out how 33-year safe delivery driver Greg Schneider founded a nonprofit to help people with mobility challenges.
  • Let UPSer Jake Pratt motivate you with his focus on abilities in this touching video.

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