Japanese casual wear designer Uniqlo has announced its support for the Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles 2015, to be held from July 25 to August 2.
In a press statement Uniqlo said that along with $450,000 (approx. 54 million yen) in financial support, as the official apparel sponsor for Special Olympics Unified Sports Experience events, it will donate a total of 7,000 T-shirts and Polo Shirts to be worn by athletes and volunteer organisers.
Dedicated to promoting social inclusion through shared sports training and competition experiences, Unified Sports joins people with and without intellectual disabilities on the same team. It was inspired by a simple principle: training together and playing together is a quick path to friendship and understanding.
Local Uniqlo offices will also provide the official uniforms and training wear for teams representing Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, and Thailand. In addition, more than 100 employees from Uniqlo’s parent company Fast Retailing have volunteered to support the event, the statement said.
"We are pleased to be able to support this global sports event, which is so important to everyone involved. The Fast Retailing Group is committed to employing people with disabilities, in the belief that we can learn from each other and grow by working together. Through our support of the Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles 2015, we hope to contribute to the realization of a society in which all people, those with disabilities and those without, support each other and grow together," said Tadashi Yanai, chairman, president and CEO of Fast Retailing. (SH)
Fibre2Fashion News Desk – India