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UnitedHealthcare Supports Special Olympics of Hawaii

Bronze Sponsorship Pledged for Annual Summer Games Celebrating Accomplishments of

HONOLULU – (May 01, 2012) – UnitedHealthcare, a UnitedHealth Group company, has pledged its support as a Bronze Sponsor of Special Olympics of Hawaii’s Annual Summer Games.  

The Summer Games will take place May 25 to 27 at the University of Hawaii. More than 1,100 coaches and athletes will participate in track & field, swimming, softball and powerlifting.

“Special Olympics Hawaii is grateful to UnitedHealthcare for its Bronze Medal Sponsorship of our Annual Summer Games,” said Dan Epstein, vice president of sports. “Support such as theirs is critical to providing the financial resources needed to create a quality experience for athletes, families and volunteers at the Games.”

Epstein added that company sponsorships enable Special Olympics Hawaii to continue its mission to provide year-round sports training and competition opportunities for more than 2,100 individuals with intellectual disabilities in Hawaii.

“UnitedHealthcare is happy to support Special Olympics of Hawaii’s Annual Summer Games for the fourth year in a row,” said Bill Guptail, president of UnitedHealthcare Community Plan in Hawaii. “Special Olympics brings thousands of Hawaii’s people – both with and without intellectual disabilities – together in the spirit of ‘ohana and aloha and helps change perceptions and attitudes among all involved.”

 

“Some of our athletes have been in our program since its inception 40 years ago,” Epstein said. “They talk about having lonely and friendless lives before Special Olympics and how participation in Special Olympics has transformed their lives.”

In addition to the Games, the public is invited to the “Cheer for  Champions” Opening Ceremonies Reception on May 25 at Les Murakami Stadium. For more information, visit volunteers@specialolympicshawaii.org or call (808) 695-3527. 

About Special Olympics Hawaii

Special Olympics' mission is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to 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. For more information on event day, to obtain more detailed information, please visit www.specialolympicshawaii.org/.

About UnitedHealthcare

UnitedHealthcare is dedicated to helping people nationwide live healthier lives by simplifying the health care experience, meeting consumer health and wellness needs and sustaining trusted relationships with care providers. The company offers the full spectrum of health benefit programs for individuals, employers and Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries. UnitedHealthcare serves more than 38 million people and is one of the businesses of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), a diversified Fortune 50 health and well-being company.


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