Special Olympics is an international organization that provides sports training and competition for people with intellectual disabilities. UNIQLO became an official partner of the Special Olympics Nippon (SON), in 2002. We provide assistance such as donating volunteer staff uniforms and supporting competition operations.
Supporting the Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles 2015
UNIQLO is supporting the Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles 2015, from July 25 to August 2, 2015. Along with US $450,000 in financial support, as the official apparel sponsor for Special Olympics Unified Sports® Experience events, UNIQLO donated a total of 7,000 T-shirts and Polo Shirts to be worn by athletes and volunteer organizers.
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.
Support of initiatives to date
2013.11Asia Pacific Games, Newcastle, Australia
FR supplies athletic wear to the Japanese and Singapore delegation donating a total of 420 items including pants, polo shirts and parkas.
2013.1World Winter Games, Pyeongchang, South Korea
FR supplies athletic wear to the South Korean, Japanese and Singaporean delegations, with FRL Korea, UNIQLO Japan and UNIQLO Singapore donating 3,200, 1,200 and 500 items, respectively.
2012.2National Winter Games, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan
FR donates 3,500 items, including Fleece Parkas and Jackets, for use as uniforms for staff and volunteers. A total of 36 FR employees serve as volunteers, including executives, store staff and employees from headquarters.
2011.6World Summer Games, Athens, Greece
FR provides official uniforms for the 75-member Japanese delegation, while donating 300 items for the Summer Games, including Dry Easy Short-Sleeve Oxford Shirts, Zip-up Parkas, Striped Crew Neck Long-Sleeve T-shirts and Chino Pants.
2010.11Summer National Games, Osaka, Japan
FR donates 300 T-shirts, 4,200 parkas for volunteers, while FR Group staff serve as volunteers.
2009.2Winter Games, Idaho, U.S.
FR donates nine different official uniforms for 87 members of the Japan team, with FR employees serving as volunteers.
2008.3Winter National Games, Yamagata Prefecture, Japan
FR donates 3,000 uniforms for volunteers, with 50 employees from headquarters and FR Group stores volunteering as event staff.
2007.10Summer World Games, Shanghai, China
FR donates 122 uniforms to Japanese athletes at the Special Olympics World Summer Games in Shanghai.
2007.2・2007.6Sporting Experience Caravan, Japan
FR donates 600 T-shirts for volunteers at the Sporting Experience Caravan in Osaka and Ishikawa Prefectures.
2006.11Summer National Games, Kumamoto Prefecture, Japan
FR donates staff uniforms.
2006.9〜Charity Vending Machines, Japan
UNIQLO sets up vending machines, with all proceeds used to support the different regional branches of SO Nippon, in employee lounges at 172 UNIQLO stores, in addition to FR's Tokyo headquarters.
2006.4Memorial Hockey Tournament, Nagano Prefecture, Japan
FR donates T-shirts for volunteers.
2006.3・2006.5・2006.6Sporting Experience Caravan, Japan
FR donates uniforms for volunteers at the Sporting Experience Caravan in Aichi (March), Miyagi (May), and Tokushima (June) Prefectures, Japan.
2005.2Winter World Games, Nagano Prefecture, Japan
UNIQLO donates official uniforms for the Japanese team, with 80 UNIQLO employees volunteering their time.
2004.1Winter National Games, Nagano Prefecture, Japan
FR donates uniforms for volunteers.
2003.6Summer World Games, Ireland
FR donates official uniforms to the Japanese team.
2002.8Summer National Games, Tokyo, Japan
FR donates T-shirts, with about 250 UNIQLO executives and employees serving as volunteers.
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