2011-05-12 / Business

Shop Spartan, help Special Olympics Michigan

Shoppers at Spartan Stores around Michigan have the opportunity May 1-21 to help more than 2,200 Special Olympics Michigan athletes from nearly every county in Michigan compete at the 2011 State Summer Games June 2-4.

Spartan Stores throughout Michigan, including Glen’s Markets, are selling medallions for $1 that will directly benefit Special Olympics Michigan athletes. The medallion features athlete Kassondra Pratt, from Cheboygan, who was named Healthy Athlete of the Year at the 2010 State Summer Games. The medallions also come with coupons that provide shoppers with $3.50 savings on products. Pratt will also be featured on the packaging of 24-packs of Spartan Stores bottled water during the month of May.

The annual Spartan Stores Healthy Athlete of the Year award recognizes a Special Olympics Michigan athlete who exemplifies a healthy lifestyle and the Special Olympics Oath –“Let me win; but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.” The athlete must strive for wellness, a balance of the mind, body and spirit. The athlete should eat a well balanced diet and dedicate time outside of Special Olympics training and competitions to exercise.

About 5,500 athletes, coaches and volunteers will be at the 2011 State Summer Games June 2-4 at Central Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant.

“We appreciate being embraced by the community members who support the efforts of Spartan Stores to raise money for our athletes, ” Special Olympics Michigan President & CEO Lois Arnold said.

Medallion sales run May 1-21. The coupons are valid May 1 – June 11, 2011.

“Spartan Stores is committed to Special Olympics and raising funds for the Summer Games,” said Jeanne Norcross, Vice President Corporate Affairs of Spartan Stores. “We salute the participating athletes, families, volunteers, retail vendors and customers who are involved with Special Olympics. Their participation and support ensures the games’ success each year.”

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