The Blue Cross And Blue Shield Association Receives Prestigious Special Olympics Illinois Chairman’s Award
April 10, 2012
Chicago, Illinois – The 2011 Special Olympics Illinois Chairman’s Award was presented to Scott P. Serota, president and CEO of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association (BCBSA). The Chairman’s Award recognizes an organization that has demonstrated a long-term commitment to the growth and excellence of Special Olympics Illinois (SO ILL).
“Since 2001, BCBSA has been an extraordinary ambassador and eloquent advocate for the Special Olympics organization,” said Dave Breen, president and CEO, SO ILL. “BCBSA is clearly a significant factor to our ability to deliver a quality Special Olympics experience to our athletes. The engagement from Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies – from employee volunteers around the country to financial support – demonstrates the depth of their commitment.”
BCBSA began supporting SO ILL in 2001 as a leading sponsor of the Chicago Spring Games, offering employees an opportunity to volunteer as well as providing financial support, bottled water, committee support and other resources for the Spring Games. Additionally, BCBSA employees support a Special Olympics team every year, raising money for that team’s particular need. Over the past four years, BCBSA has also provided funding for the annual Chicago Coaches Reception, that helps attract new coaches to the program. In 2010, BCBSA coordinated with 21 Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies nationwide, who in turn partnered with their local SO chapters to adopt the local state team competing in the 2010 National Games.
“I am honored to accept this award on behalf of BCBSA and its employees,” said Serota. “For the past decade, our employees have embraced this great cause and we are proud to support organizations like the Special Olympics who strive to improve the health and wellness of all Americans.”
Special Olympics Illinois
Special Olympics Illinois is a not-for-profit organization offering year-round training and competition in 19 sports for more than 21,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities and more than 11,000 Young Athletes ages 2-7 with and without intellectual disabilities. Special Olympics changes lives by empowering people with intellectual disabilities to realize their full potential in sports and in life. Special Olympics programs enhance physical fitness, motor skills, self-confidence, social skills and encourage family and community support. If you are interested in learning more about Special Olympics Illinois, volunteering or providing financial support to help make Special Olympics programs possible, contact your local Special Olympics agency, call 800-394-0562 or visit the website at www.soill.org.
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