04/03/11

Würth employees volunteered at the Special Olympics National Winter Games 2011

Künzelsau/Altenberg. The Special Olympics National Winter Games 2011, the largest national sports event for people with intellectual disabilities, took place in Altenberg/Saxony from 28 February to 04 March. With 50 employees, the Würth Group presented the second largest of the supporting teams of the partners.

Under the motto "There is a hero in all of us", more than 600 athletes participated in eight different disciplines and further events that accompanied the competitions. Approximately 240 coaches, 100 relatives of the participants and 350 volunteers made sure the Games went in a smooth manner.

The volunteers from the Würth Group came from different Group companies and from various areas of activity. They were released from work by their companies during the time of the Games. The helpers assisted the participants in disciplines such as snowshoeing, ice skating, figure skating and floorball, which is similar to hockey. "The Games help bringing people with and without disabilities closer to each other", Würth trainee Sarah Sophie Philipp-Messerschmidt said on her commitment at the sports event. "I became aware of how grateful we should be for what we consider to be everyday matters."

The Würth Group has been a premium partner of Special Olympics Germany since spring 2008 and it is all about people helping others. Over the last four years, a total of 300 employees of the Würth Group have volunteered at different National Games.

About Special Olympics

With a total of 175 national organizations, Special Olympics International is the largest sports organization for people with intellectual disabilities worldwide. The national organization Special Olympics Germany offers a training program to athletes all over the year and organizes the national summer and winter games that take place every second year - the Special Olympics National Games.

The basic idea behind Special Olympics is not just to become physically fit, but also to develop a better self-confidence and self-esteem through sports. The aim is to help people with intellectual disabilities to be better integrated into society and to experience a feeling of recognition. Würth is highly convinced of the basic approach of this special organization and wants to contribute to Special Olympics becoming well-known.