Press release

14/06/10

Würth employees as volunteers at the Special Olympics National Games 2010

Künzelsau/Bremen. This year, the biggest sports event for people with intellectual disability in Germany - the National Games 2010 of Special Olympics Deutschland - will take place in Bremen from 14 to 19 June. About 100 employees of the Würth Group are going to work as volunteers to support the event. The company will thus send the second largest company team of volunteers to Bremen.

The organizers expect 12,000 athletes to take part in the seventh Special Olympics National Games, competing in 20 sports disciplines or participating in the non-competitive offer. A total of 2,300 volunteers will support the event and take care that the games will run smoothly.

The Würth Group sponsors the National Games 2010 as Premium Partner of Special Olympics Deutschland. 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 various company areas: Employees from the administrative area and from logistics as well as trainees contribute their share to promote the idea behind Special Olympics and to ensure the successful course of the games. “For me, it is something very special to be given the chance to make an active contribution to the success of the national games“, says Würth trainee Elias Bertran. “I find it important that an organization like Special Olympics is paid attention to by the public and intellectual disabilities are no longer considered to be a topic you do not talk about.”

The Würth Group exempts the employees for the time of the games to make sure that the volunteers can help at the different venues in Bremen. There they will help in the tournaments and free sports offers, assist the judges and participate in the presentation ceremony.

Employees of the Würth Group had already worked as volunteers at the National Summer Games 2008 in Karlsruhe as well as at the National Winter Games 2009 in Inzell.

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.

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