16/06/08

Würth employees as volunteers at the Special Olympics National Games 2008

Künzelsau/Karlsruhe. This year, the biggest sports event for people with intellectual disability in Germany - the National Games 2008 of Special Olympics Germany - will take place in Karlsruhe from 16 to 20 June. About 100 employees from the Würth Group are going to work as volunteers to support the event. With this, the company will send the second largest team of volunteers to Karlsruhe.

Over 3,600 athletes, who will compete in 17 disciplines, as well as 1,300 trainers are expected to come to the 6th Special Olympics National Games. A total of 1,200 volunteers will support the event and they will take care that the games go off smoothly.

The Würth Group sponsors the National Games 2008 as Official Partner of Special Olympics. This sponsorship places special emphasis on the commitment of people for people. The approximately 100 volunteers from the Würth Group come from different group companies and from various hierarchical levels. Trainees, sales representatives and managers will play a part in the Olympic idea and in the successful course of the games.

The Würth Group exempts its employees for the time of the games to make sure that the volunteers can work at the different venues in Karlsruhe. There they will accompany the athletes to the changing cubicles and to the venues, help serving the meals, assist the judges and participate in the presentation ceremony.

Special Olympics

With a total of 170 national organizations, Special Olympics International is the worldwide biggest sport organization for people with intellectual disability. The national organization Special Olympics Germany offers a training program to athletes throughout 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 stay physically fit, but also to develop better self-confidence and self-esteem through sports. The aim is to help people with intellectual disability to be better integrated into the society and to experience the feeling of recognition. Würth is convinced of the basic idea of this special organization and wants to contribute to Special Olympics becoming well-known.