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The Dow Chemical Co. Announces Sponsorship of Special Olympics World Summer Games

March 7, 2011

The Dow Chemical Co. has announced its sponsorship of the upcoming 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games, making Dow the official chemistry company of the Special Olympics. Dow joins other international sponsors including Microsoft, Coca-Cola, and Cisco.

“The Special Olympics are about changing lives, building advocacy networks, and creating a lasting positive impact. Dow’s commitment to excellence and helping people around the globe makes them an ideal partner for the Special Olympics.”

The Summer Games will be held in Athens, June 25 through July 4, 2011. The Special Olympics will draw more than 7000 Special Olympic Athletes from more than 180 nations, participating in 22 Olympic-type sports. This is the first time Dow has been a sponsor of the Special Olympics.

“Supporting the upcoming World Summer Games aligns with Dow’s core values of integrity and respect for people,” said Andrew Liveris, Dow chairman and CEO. “The Special Olympics celebrates the human spirit unlike any other sporting event, and Dow is proud to be part of it as an official sponsor.”

Dow’s announcement of the Special Olympics sponsorship follows its announcement in July 2010 that Dow had become one of 11 Worldwide Partners of the Olympic Games as part of the Olympic Partners Program (TOP).

"We are thrilled to have Dow’s support for the upcoming Special Olympics World Summer Games Athens 2011,” said Joanna Despotopoulou, president of Athens 2011. "The Special Olympics are about changing lives, building advocacy networks and creating a lasting positive impact. Dow’s commitment to excellence and helping people around the globe makes them an ideal partner for the Special Olympics.

Dow is committed to promoting diversity and inclusion, and through this sponsorship, is dedicated to raising that awareness around the world. Dow is honored to partner with the Hellenic Games Organizing Committee and other Sponsor Partners to deliver the 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games.