VAUGHAN, Ontario, July 4, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- PowerStream and more than 30 of its employees have thrown their support behind York Region's hosting of the Ontario Special Olympics Summer Games being held at several venues across the region on July 11-14, 2013.
In addition to PowerStream sponsoring the Games as well as several athletes, company employees will be at the track & field stadium in Markham on July 12, clad in the Special Olympics colours, to show their support as enthusiastic volunteers. They will be assisting by marshalling events, escorting athletes and serving up a PowerStream sponsored lunch.
For some at PowerStream, being involved in Special Olympics holds a special personal meaning. One of the company's employees coaches a Special Olympics basketball team while another has a child participating in the Games. Both are more than happy to swap their PowerStream blue for a yellow volunteer t-shirt to honour all the Special Olympians and to show their support for this event.
As a community-owned energy services company, PowerStream is familiar with supporting charitable and worthy causes. York Region's hosting of the Ontario Special Olympics Summer Games presented a unique opportunity for the company to not only sponsor the athletes and the Games, but to also get its employees involved. When the announcement was made about PowerStream's involvement, there was a tremendous response from employees, not only to volunteer, but also in purchasing the Special Olympics' "red shoe laces", which raised more than $1,000 for the Games.
- "We are excited to be sponsoring York Region's hosting of the Ontario Special Olympics Summer Games, an event that means so much to so many," said Frank Scarpitti, PowerStream Board Chair and Mayor of the City of Markham. "I am also proud of how our employees continue to give back to the communities we serve through their personal involvement in worthy causes such as the Special Olympics. It shows how PowerStream is a character business with character employees."
- The 2013 Ontario Special Olympics Summer Games will see over 970 athletes and coaches travel from across Ontario to participate in soccer, softball, track & field, golf and rhythmic gymnastics. In addition to the athletes and coaches, more than 300 parents and supporters as well as 500 local volunteers are expected to attend.
- PowerStream is sponsoring 11 Special Olympics athletes that reside in municipalities located within the company's service territory including Vaughan, Barrie, Richmond Hill, Bradford West Gwillimbury and Penetanguishene.
- Employees at PowerStream also help raise money for worthy causes though their participation in activities such as United Way campaigns, Heart & Stroke Big Bike events and Princess Margaret Hospital's Ride to Conquer Cancer.
PowerStream is a community-owned energy services company providing power and related solutions to more than 355,000 customers residing or owning a business in communities located immediately north of Toronto and in Central Ontario. It is jointly owned by the Cities of Barrie, Markham and Vaughan.
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