In a move that fortifies its dedication to inclusive sports, Lotto Bayern, the State Lottery and Casino Administration, has announced the extension of its partnership with Special Olympics Bavaria (SOBY) for an additional two years. This renewal builds on a collaborative relationship that has been nurturing inclusivity since 2011.
“Lotto Bayern has always been a proponent of diverse support mechanisms for sports across Bavaria. Our ongoing association with SOBY is a testament to our commitment to sustainable social development,” stated Claus Niederalt, President of Lotto Bayern. The extension is seen as a significant step towards reinforcing the inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities in sports.
The partnership between Lotto Bayern and SOBY exemplifies the responsible utilisation of lottery profits for societal benefit. This strategic alliance has been pivotal in providing support to local athletes, enabling them to participate independently and access sports clubs, a crucial aspect of societal inclusion.
“We are immensely grateful for Lotto Bayern’s unwavering support. Their involvement is integral to making sports accessible at a grassroots level and ensuring our athletes have the opportunity to integrate into sports clubs,” expressed Erwin Horak, President of SOBY. The focus of the partnership remains on organizing local events and training days, thereby paving the way for regular exercise and training opportunities for athletes with intellectual and multiple disabilities.
A noteworthy highlight of this partnership is the anticipation of the Special Olympics National Games, scheduled to take place in Thuringia from January 29th to February 2nd, 2024. Recognised as the largest inclusive sports event of the year, the games symbolise the essence of this collaboration.
In conclusion, the extended partnership between Lotto Bayern and Special Olympics Bavaria is more than a corporate alliance; it is a beacon of hope for inclusive sports development in Bavaria and beyond. The recent contract signing, captured in an image featuring Erwin Horak and Claus Niederalt, marks yet another chapter in this inspiring journey.