Dozens of Canon employees volunteer at Spring Games North at Commack High School
MELVILLE, N.Y., April 18, 2013 – Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is proud to announce that it will sponsor Special Olympics New York for 2013 on April 21, 2013 at Commack High School for the first time. As part of the Company's ongoing commitment to the local community, this sponsorship includes the participation in two Long Island events, the Spring Games North and Fall Classic. Canon will also sponsor 20 athletes in the Athlete Leadership Program, a program that enables athletes to engage in additional, non-sport-based opportunities within Special Olympics. These opportunities include speaking at community events and conferences, mentoring other athletes, participating in fundraising activities and volunteering in their local Special Olympics regional office.
"We are proud to sponsor Special Olympics New York and support its mission because the organization has a positive effect on the local community," said Bunji Yano, senior director and general manager, Corporate Communications, Canon U.S.A. "Our employees are always looking for ways to become more involved in our community initiatives and this sponsorship enables them to have a chance to interact directly with the athletes and help them build their confidence."
Special Olympics New York was fully incorporated in 1970 and serves more than 61,000 athletes, making it the sixth largest sporting program in the world; currently over 4,700 athletes compete through the Long Island region. The goal of the Special Olympics is to provide year-round athletic competitions for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. The competitions provide participating athletes with the opportunity to develop their physical fitness while at the same time establish new friendships, gain confidence and build a positive self-image. Events taking place at the Spring Games North include track and field, and tennis.
"Special Olympics New York is thrilled about our new partnership with Canon," said Diane Colonna, regional director of Special Olympics New York Long Island. "Canon's involvement in our Regional Games will help enhance our events for our Special Olympic athletes. We look forward to a long and productive relationship with Canon."
One of Canon's strongest beliefs is that we have a responsibility to contribute to the welfare of the communities that we serve. Whether originating from corporate headquarters, our regional locations, or our subsidiaries, Canon connects with and supports the community.