The Games, taking place between 21st July and 2nd August, will bring together 7,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities from over 170 countries, competing in 25 sporting events. This will be the largest event hosted by Los Angeles since the 1984 Olympic Games, and will take place in world-class venues including Special Olympics Athlete Villages at the University of Southern California and University of California, Los Angeles. The Glasgow-based Olympians will be competing in artistic gymnastics and rhythmic gymnastics.
The donation came when the five gymnasts from the City of Glasgow Gymnastics Club were selected to represent Great Britain at the Special Olympics World Games. Upon receiving the news, the Club put out a fundraising notice to find the £12,000 needed for the cost of training, travel and accommodation.
Recognising what a remarkable achievement it was for the gymnasts to have been selected, Doosan Babcock decided to donate £4,500 to the cause of which £2,500 will be used to help towards travel costs for some of the gymnasts to go to the Games. The rest of the money will be used to buy branded clothing and kit for the club and competing gymnasts.
Doosan Babcock will be presenting the cheque to the gymnasts at 1pm today at the Glasgow Club Bellahouston. All members of the club will be present and kitted out in their new branded kit.
This is just one of many charitable initiatives supported by Doosan Babcock employees. Last month, Doosan Babcock held their second Doosan Day of Community Service, which saw more than 10,000 employees from 158 business sites in 16 countries participate in charitable activities in their local communities. In Renfrew, volunteers constructed a Rainbow Memorial Garden at St James’ Primary where children can celebrate the memories of loved ones, and renovated the gardens at Craigilea Nursing Home. Staff also helped to build a new warehouse for the Renfrew Food Bank services which will they will now host permanently at their Renfrewshire headquarters.
Angela Turner, a coach from the City of Glasgow Gymnastics Club, said:“Everyone here at the City of Glasgow Gymnastics Club is delighted that Doosan Babcock have so generously agreed to support our Special Olympians who are heading to LA to represent Great Britain this summer. This money goes a long way towards funding training, travel and accommodation for the five gymnasts and coach. The gymnasts are training hard for this event and hope to bring back lots of medals - we will keep you up to date on our progress throughout the event!”