FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
International real estate firm’s sponsorship to benefit the Special Olympics #PlayUnified Campaign
Engel & Völkers, a European-based premium real estate brand, announced today that it will be the first cause marketing sponsor for the Special Olympics #PlayUnified campaign. The campaign plans to inspire and mobilize youth around the world to connect with people with intellectual disabilities and create more inclusive communities, leading to a more respectful world for everyone. The announcement was made at Engel & Völkers’ annual Exchange event, hosted at the Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa in Las Vegas, Nev. “Engel &Völkers is proud to be a part of developing the first Unified Generation that will fight inactivity, intolerance and injustice for people with intellectual disabilities,” said CEO of Engel & Völkers North America, Anthony Hitt. “Throughout the duration of our three-year sponsorship of Special Olympics we will be focusing our efforts on the support of the new #PlayUnified Campaign, which strives to build inclusive communities through sports.” Engel & Völkers chose Special Olympics as the North American charity of choice due to its aligned brand values of passion and competence, the ability to work with Engel & Völkers on national and local levels, and its outstanding brand awareness and reputation. This sponsorship is the first step in the company’s ongoing commitment with its growing North American network of shops and advisors to help create more respectful communities. “We are extremely pleased to have found such a great supporter for Special Olympics with Engel & Völkers,” said Kelli Seely, Chief Development Officer, Special Olympics. “As a global organization in the real estate business, Engel & Völkers brings both a new channel and untapped audience for us to further generate exposure and momentum around our newly launched #PlayUnified campaign, which encourages people with and without intellectual disabilities to play sports together as teammates.”
About Special Olympics
Special Olympics is a global movement that unleashes the human spirit through the transformative power and joy of sports, every day around the world. We empower people with intellectual disabilities to become accepted and valued members of their communities, which leads to a more respectful and inclusive society for all. Using sports as the catalyst and programming around health and education, Special Olympics is fighting inactivity, injustice and intolerance. Founded in 1968 by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, the Special Olympics movement has grown to more than 4.4 million athletes in 170 countries. With the support of more than 1.3 million coaches and volunteers, Special Olympics delivers 32 Olympic-type sports and more than 81,000 games and competitions throughout the year. Special Olympics is supported by individuals, foundations and partners, including the Christmas Records Trust, the Law Enforcement Torch Run® for Special Olympics, The Coca-Cola Company, The Walt Disney Company and ESPN, Lions Clubs International, Mattel, Microsoft, P&G, Bank of America, Essilor Vision Foundation, the B. Thomas Golisano Foundation, Finish Line, The Safeway Foundation, and Safilo Group. Visit Special Olympics at www.specialolympics.org. Engage with us on: Twitter@specialolympics; fb.com/specialolympics; youtube.com/specialolympicshq; Instagram.com/specialolympics and specialolympicsblog.wordpress.com.
About Engel & Völkers
Since its beginning in 1977 as a specialty boutique providing exclusive, high-end real estate services in Hamburg, Germany, Engel & Völkers has become one of the world’s leading companies specializing in the sale and lease of premium residential and commercial property and yachts. Engel & Völkers currently operates a global network of over 5,500 real estate professionals in more than 560 residential brokerages and 65 commercial offices spanning 39 countries across six continents, offering both private and institutional clients a professionally tailored range of luxury services. It established its North America corporate headquarters in 2007 and opened its first brokerage in the same year. Committed to exceptional service, Engel & Völkers supports its advisors with an array of premium quality business services; marketing programs and tools; multiple platforms for mobile, social and web; as well as access to its global network of real estate professionals, property listings and market data. Engel & Völkers is an active supporter of the Fair Housing Act and the Equal Opportunity Act. Each brokerage is independently owned and operated.
# # #
For further information please contact:
Charles Kim Engel & Völkers North America 212-234-3100 Charles.Kim@EVUSA.com
Christy White Special Olympics 202 824-0307 email@example.com