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Wal-Mart Foundation, HP to Support Special Olympics Athletes in International Winter Games

BENTONVILLE, Ark. -- The Wal-Mart Foundation and HP have made a combined donation of $1.5 million to the 2009 Special Olympics World Winter Games Organizing Committee. The contribution boosts the Special Olympics' goal to raise approximately $35 million. So far, the organization has collected $16.3 million in in-kind goods, services, and funding.

Hundreds of athletes with intellectual disabilities from around the world will travel to Idaho for the 2008 Special Olympics Invitational Winter Games Feb. 25-28. Competition will take place in seven winter sports: alpine skiing, cross-country skiing, figure skating, floor hockey, snowboarding, snowshoeing, and speed skating. Competition and activities will be in communities and venues throughout Idaho including Boise, Sun Valley, and Tamarack.

The Wal-Mart Foundation's $500,000 donation will help to provide transportation, housing, and meals for the Special Olympics athletes so that they can compete in a variety of events from cross-country skiing to floor hockey. In addition, the donation will help support the Opening and Closing Ceremonies for the 2008 Invitational Winter Games, as well as the 2009 Special Olympics World Winter Games to be held February 6-13 in Idaho.
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