- School Health Corp. Sponsoring Two Athletic Trainers at Special Olympics Unified Cup
DETROIT - This year, School Health is proud to support the 2022 Special Olympics Unified Cup, which takes place in Detroit, Michigan, from July 31-August 6. The company will be sending two athletic trainers for this international soccer event, Donna Boyd and Ric Moreno, to support Special Olympics USA throughout the games.
“We are delighted to provide licensed athletic trainers and medical supplies to support the Special Olympics USA men’s and women’s soccer teams and Unified Cup teams,” said Rob Rogers, School Health President. “Athletic trainers specialize in the management, prevention, and recovery of injured athletes. We want the coaches, athletes, and medical professionals of the Special Olympics USA delegation to have the best support available, and athletic trainers are uniquely qualified and trained to do so.”
The event consists of 300 athletes from more than 20 countries who are competing across 50 soccer matches to claim the Unified Cup. The teams consist of players of all abilities, including players who are neurodiverse and those who have differing physical abilities. This is the first year School Health will be a sponsor at the Unified Cup.
Palos Sports, a division of School Health, has been partnering with Special Olympics Illinois for the past 17 years. In fact, Palos Sports offers specially designed kits for a variety of Special Olympics sports. School Health and Palos Sports have also participated annually in the Champions Gala, golf outings, and the Polar Plunge.
“Through our relationship with Special Olympics Illinois we have been able to branch out to over 20 different Special Olympics programs, fulfilling equipment needs for Young Athletes and Special Olympics Unified Sports® programming,” said Shirley Burns, Senior Key Account Representative.
Besides sponsoring the two athletic trainers, School Health and Palos Sports will also have tents set up at the Performance Station area for athletes to warm up and cool down before and after their matches. School Health will also be featuring various sensory products, physical education equipment, and new Therabody products for athletes and their coaches to try.
The Opening Ceremony for the Unified Cup is on July 31 and will include events such as the Parade of Athletes, lighting of the Cauldron, and live entertainment. The Finals Competition and Closing Ceremony will take place August 6 when the winners of the men’s and women’s tournaments will be presented with the Cup.
“Special Olympics strives to create a better world by fostering the acceptance and inclusion of all people. At School Health, our mission is to support the health of students and athletes so everyone can learn and perform to the best of their abilities. So, sponsoring the Unified Cup is one more way we can show our support for transformational inclusion,” said Rogers.
Founded in 1957, School Health Corporation has been dedicated to helping school-based health professionals in keeping their students healthy. As a national, full-service provider of health supplies and services, School Health’s comprehensive offering includes health supplies, sports medicine equipment, early childhood products, physical education, recreation and athletic products, and special needs aids. School Health goes beyond merely supplying products by also providing product support, training, advisory services, and exceptional customer care.
Special Olympics is a global movement that unleashes the human spirit through the transformative power and joy of sport, every day around the world. Through programming in sports, health, education and community building, Special Olympics is changing the lives of people with intellectual disabilities solving the global injustice, isolation, intolerance, and inactivity they face. The Special Olympics movement has grown to more than 6 million athletes and Unified partners in over 170 countries. With the support of more than 1 million coaches and volunteers, Special Olympics delivers 32 Olympic-type sports and over 100,000 competitions throughout the year.