FWD and Special Olympics announce long-term partnership

Joining hands to encourage social inclusion and enhance the potential of athletes with intellectual disabilities


(Hong Kong, 19 July 2018) FWD Group (“FWD”) and Special Olympics International join hands for a long-term partnership to support young people with intellectual disabilities. Featuring two key initiatives, the Unified Schools and Athlete Leadership programmes, the collaboration takes place in FWD’s seven operating regions in Asia including Hong Kong, Indonesia, Vietnam, Singapore, Thailand, the Philippines, and Japan, and aims to help Special Olympics athletes develop their potential and confidence while encouraging social inclusion.

Launching the local partnership today, FWD Hong Kong and Special Olympics Hong Kong (“SOHK”) also took the occasion to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Special Olympics and the 5th anniversary of FWD Hong Kong. 

Ken Lau, FWD Managing Director of Greater China and Hong Kong Chief Executive Officer said, “This meaningful partnership spans our seven operating markets in Asia. It exemplifies our commitment to the community and our goal of empowering people to live life to the fullest. This also resonates with Special Olympics’ vision of enhancing the potential and self-confidence of people with intellectual disabilities through sports. We are delighted to partner with Special Olympics to help athletes enrich their own life experiences, while enhancing visibility and understanding of people with intellectual disabilities.”

Laura Ling, Chairlady of SOHK said, “We are honoured to partner with FWD on the 50th anniversary of Special Olympics, which is such a special occasion. FWD’s support allows SOHK to nurture more athlete leaders and mentors, and establish collaborations with local organisations in order to secure job opportunities for athletes in the future. Through our collaboration with local schools, we can also create bridge of communication between youngsters of both with or without intellectual disabilities, building harmonious environments in school and in the society.”

Also in attendance at the ceremony were notable Hong Kong athletes Yapp Hung-fai, Hong Kong football team goalkeeper and “Marathon Couple” Yiu Kit-ching and Chan Ka-ho, alongside more than 100 Special Olympics athletes, students from unified schools and FWD volunteers. During the ceremony, the attendees participated in a game of bocce, a sport unique to the Special Olympics, and emerging sport dodgebee, to showcase the spirit of social inclusion while showing how sports can bring people together and change people’s lives.

Unified Schools, an initiative supported by the partnership to celebrate inclusion and acceptance, aims to unify six schools every year and engage 800 young people through 17 sporting and non-sporting activities. Athlete Leadership aims to empower 30 Special Olympics athletes and mentors in a series of skills development workshops to further their skills in the workplace and in their everyday lives. FWD and Special Olympics will also collaborate with local employment agencies and companies to help athletes develop their leadership potential and search for employment opportunities. 

FWD x SO Partnership

(Back row, from left to right) Yapp Hung-fai, famous Hong Kong football team goalkeeper; Laura Ling, Chairlady of SOHK, Ken Lau, FWD Managing Director of Greater China and Hong Kong Chief Executive Officer; “Marathon Couple” Yiu Kit-ching and Chan Ka-ho; (Front row, from left to right) Athlete Leaders Wilson Man and Yuen-ling Law attended today’s ceremony to launch the partnership between FWD and Special Olympics.

Ken Lau, FWD Managing Director

Ken Lau, FWD Managing Director of Greater China and Hong Kong Chief Executive Officer announced details of the long-term partnership between FWD and Special Olympics.

Laura Ling, ,Chairlady of SOHK

Laura Ling, Chairlady of SOHK, shared her views on the partnership with FWD.

Yapp Hung-fai, and Hong Kong “Marathon Couple” Yiu Kit-ching and Chan Ka-ho

Yapp Hung-fai, famous Hong Kong football team goalkeeper and Hong Kong “Marathon Couple” Yiu Kit-ching and Chan Ka-ho showed their support for the Special Olympics athletes.

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About Special Olympics Hong Kong

Founded in 1976, Special Olympics Hong Kong is one of the Special Olympics Programs striving to provide opportunities for over 50,000 headcounts of people with intellectual disability aged 8 or above to participate in a variety of Olympic-type sports. Sports including athletics, badminton, basketball, bocce, bowling, floor hockey, football, golf, gymnastics, mini-volleyball, ice skating, snowshoeing, swimming and table tennis are now available for thousands of athletes and participants from more than 100 agency members. By taking part in these sports, their potential as well as their self-esteem and bravery can be enhanced. With sports as a means of integration into the society, they can also share the joy gained from sports participation with their families and friends.

Apart from sports events, Special Olympics Hong Kong has also developed various non-sport events such as Athlete Leadership, Family Network, Healthy Athletes, Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics, Motor Activities Training Program, Unified Schools and Young Athletes.

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