Herbalife to Serve as Official Games Supplier to the 2015 Special Olympics World Games
By Amy Greene, Senior Vice President of Global Engagement,Herbalife
May 20, 2015, 7:03 PM
“Every Person With the Desire to Achieve Their Goals Should be Provided a Platform to Do So…”
Herbalife is excited to partner in one of the biggest events to hit Los Angeles since the 1984 Olympics. As the official Games Supplier to the 2015 Special Olympics World Games, Herbalife will provide smart nutrition to athletes, coaches, and volunteers with 300,000 complimentary nutrition bars at all sports venues and general dining areas.
With more than 7,000 athletes and 3,000 coaches from 177 countries, the Special Olympics World Games will be the largest sports and humanitarian event anywhere in the world in 2015, and is one that’s especially important to me. As the mother of a special needs child, I wholeheartedly support the notion that every person with the desire to achieve their goals should be provided a platform to do so. Such an ideal is what Herbalife has strived to uphold for 35 years, as the company has supported people around the world in their quest to live healthier, active lifestyles.
As our Chairman and CEO Michael Johnson expressed during the 2015 kickoff celebration: “We are proud to partner with an organization that embodies the positive impact of living a healthy active life.”
Our global network of independent members have always opened their arms and hearts to amazing causes. Having the opportunity to embrace and serve the Special Olympics and its participants is perfectly aligned with Herbalife’s everyday efforts.
About the 2015 Special Olympics World Games
To be held from July 25 – August 2, 2015, the 2015 Special Olympics World Games is expected to attract 80,000 spectators. President Barak Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama are Honorary Chairs of the Games, and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and California Governor Jerry Brown will serve as Honorary Hosts.
Herbalife’s Los Angeles Distribution Center in Carson will serve as the organizing committee’s Uniform Distribution and Credentialing Center (UDAC), and volunteer registration hub. Hundreds of Herbalife employee volunteers will welcome and support more than 30,000 World Games volunteers as they register in the two week run up to the Games opening ceremony.
To kick off the partnership, LA Galaxy players Omar Gonzalez and Jaime Penedo faced off in a mini soccer match with Special Olympics Southern California players on April 28th. Herbalife has been a nutrition sponsor of the LA Galaxy team since 2005, fueling the team’s last three MLS Cup wins in 2011, 2012, and 2014.
Founded in 1968 by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, the Special Olympics movement has grown to more than 4.4 million athletes in 170 countries. “Herbalife is a global company that shares our commitment to health, diversity and community,” said Patrick McClenahan, President and CEO of the 2015 Special Olympics World Games. “Through its network of independent members in 90 countries, Herbalife will bring awareness to our mission of acceptance and inclusion.”
The World Games will feature 25 Olympic-style sports that will showcase the unlimited potential of people with intellectual disabilities – the largest disability population in the world. The Opening Ceremony will take place at the Los Angeles Coliseum on Saturday, July 25, and will be televised to a worldwide audience by ESPN.