21/05/14

100 Würth volunteers help at Special Olympics 2014 in Düsseldorf

Künzelsau/Düsseldorf. 4,800 athletes will enter the contest at the Special Olympics National Summer Games in Düsseldorf from 19 to 23 May 2014. 100 Würth volunteers will support the track and field athletes at Rather Waldstadion stadium. Whether as squad leader, track helper, writer, measurer or helper in the presentation ceremonies - the colleagues will be needed in many places.

The volunteers from the Würth Group come from different Group companies: Besides the colleagues from Adolf Würth GmbH & Co. KG, colleagues from Würth Industrie Service GmbH & Co. KG, Würth Elektronik Group, marbet event agency, Reca Norm GmbH, Hotel-Restaurant Anne-Sophie as well as Wald- und Schlosshotel Friedrichsruhe will attend the event. They were released from work by their companies for the duration of the Games. "The Special Olympics are simply unique! Such overwhelming happiness and unbridled emotion are something you will only find here," explains Silke Maier of Adolf Würth GmbH & Co. KG during the Games. As a stand-by helper, she is one of the contacts for the athletes.

For the seventh time, since spring 2008, the Würth Group acts as a premium partner of Special Olympics Germany, which is all about people helping others. Over the last seven years, a total of 550 employees of the Würth Group have volunteered at different National Games. This commitment is supported by Carmen Würth: She personally welcomed all Würth volunteers at Rather Waldstadion stadium.

About Special Olympics

With almost four million athletes in 170 countries, Special Olympics is the largest sponsoring organization for people with mental handicaps worldwide. The national organization Special Olympics Germany offers a training program to athletes throughout the year and organizes the national summer and winter games which alternate every two years – 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 firmly convinced of the basic idea of this special organization and wants to contribute to raising awareness of Special Olympics.

People with mental handicap have a 40 % higher risk of facing additional health problems such as overweight, lack of fitness, incorrect nutrition and vitamin deficiencies, insufficiently treated impaired vision, hearing and mobility impairments, as well as bad teeth. During the sports events, Special Olympics offers all athletes free and comprehensive health check-ups within the framework of the Healthy Athletes® health program.