(PHOENIX – Dec. 11, 2017) – SUBWAY® Restaurants of Arizona was proud to donate 130 lunches to feed the volunteers at the 5th Annual Over the Edge Challenge benefitting Special Olympics Arizona (SOAZ) on December 9, a fundraiser that challenged members of the community to rappel down a 27-story skyscraper at Cityscape alongside SOAZ athletes. The donation was just the most recent example of SUBWAY’s partnership with the organization. Over the past decade, the local restaurant group – as well as its non-profit arm, Subway Kids & Sports of Arizona – has donated more than $75,000 in funds and food to the organization.
“Special Olympics Arizona’s work to empower both children and adults with intellectual disabilities through inclusive health, leadership and advocacy programs while providing year-round sports training and competition to them is something to be so proud of in this community,” said Mark Roden, a local franchisee and founder of Subway Kids & Sports of Arizona. “We always strive in whatever ways we can – be it through our recent You Share, We Share in-store campaign that raised $58,000 for the organization, through nonprofit grants we can provide via Subway Kids & Sports, and even food donations – to help them to continue to help others in their special way.”
“Special Olympics Arizona provides every person with intellectual disabilities a place of welcome, acceptance and the chance to be their best,” said CEO of SOAZ Tim Martin. “The practices learned in Special Olympics Arizona also impact their life skills. Sports’ training enhances focus and gives participants a structure for learning important lessons about perseverance, endurance and setting goals.”
The organization’s mission is to empower over 180,000 Arizonans with intellectual disabilities to be healthy, productive and respected members of society.
About Special Olympics Arizona
The mission of Special Olympics 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.
About SUBWAY® Restaurants
Since 1965, SUBWAY® owners have been devoted to offering customers customized made to order sandwiches with a wide range of better-for-you options. Providing easy access to vegetables, detailed nutrition, dietary, and healthy lifestyle information has been a priority for the SUBWAY® chain for many years, earning the American Heart Association’s Heart Check Meal Certification in 2012 for many Fresh Fit™ meal options. As the world's largest restaurant chain, thousands of dedicated entrepreneurs have the opportunity to run their own business, while playing an important role in their communities. To learn more information about us, visit SUBWAY.com, like us on Facebook at Facebook.com/SUBWAY and follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/SUBWAY. SUBWAY® is a registered trademark of Doctor's Associates Inc.