Susan Luthren, the Aquatics Coordinator of the Special Olympics receives the $10,000 donation from Rite Aid's Irmo District Manager Mickey Kozemko.
COLUMBIA, SC (WLTX) - The Special Olympics of South Carolina had 10,000 reasons to be thankful Friday morning.
The Rite Aid Foundation made a $10,000 grant donation on News 19's morning newscast to the SOSC. The organization will use the grant to fund special education classes and provide financial assistance to athletes and family support groups.
Mickey Kozemko, Rite Aid District Manager for the Irmo area, made the special delivery to Susan Luthren, Aquatic Director of the Special Olympics of SC. Everyone, including the members of the Silver Seals Aquatic team was ecstatic.
The Special Olympics Summer Games take place May 4-5th where more than 1,200 Special Olympics athletes, Unified Partners and coaches from around the state will descend on Ft. Jackson for the 44th straight year! Athletes will compete in Aquatics, Athletics, Gymnastics, Rhythmic Gymnastics, Softball and Under 21 Bowling!
The Special Olympics provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for persons eight years of age and older with intellectual disabilities. Athletes develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes, and the community.
The vision of Special Olympics South Carolina is to be the leader in lifelong and unified sports programs for individuals with intellectual disabilities, empowering athletes to be valued members of their community and respected members of society.
"We are so grateful for the support of The Rite Aid Foundation" said Barry Coats, President and CEO of Special Olympics of South Carolina. "The grant from The Rite Aid Foundation will help us deliver on our mission of providing year-round sports training and competition to people with intellectual disabilities, helping them to thrive as individuals and within their community."
Rite Aid operates 96 stores in South Carolina.
The Rite Aid Foundation, founded in July 2001, is a not-for-profit foundation dedicated to helping people in the communities Rite Aid serves. Since its inception, The Rite Aid Foundation has awarded grants totaling more than $13 million to approximately 820 organizations in 488 communities. For more information on The Rite Aid Foundation, visit www.riteaid.com.
If you would like to make a donation to the Special Olympics of South Carolina or show your support for the Summer Games at Fort Jackson on May 5th, you can find more information on their website or call 803-772-1555.