Deloitte and the Special Olympics
July 25-August 2
As part of Deloitte’s commitment to driving social impact in the communities where we live and work, Deloitte is proud to have contributed five years of pro bono services to the Special Olympics World Summer Games Organizing Committee in their efforts related to the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles–a significant sports and humanitarian event in the world this year.
Deloitte a presenting sponsor
Deloitte teams are helped the Special Olympics World Summer Games Organizing Committee deliver a memorable experience through business plan development, strategy development, budgeting and planning, tax services, and operational planning.
Special Olympics helps people with intellectual disabilities feel welcome in their communities and develop a profound belief in themselves–which aligns with Deloitte’s commitment to foster an inclusive culture,” said Michelle Kerrick, Los Angeles managing partner, Deloitte Services LP. “It’s a celebration of the power of the human spirit and overcoming obstacles to become our best selves together,” added Adam Parrish, Special Olympics Board member and Audit partner, Deloitte & Touche LLP.
Deloitte's pro bono work with the Special Olympics
While local Special Olympics events take place across the world every day, every two years, the Special Olympics World Games present an incredible opportunity to spotlight the accomplishments of a talented group of athletes with intellectual disabilities in front of a global audience. Deloitte helped bring that spotlight to Los Angeles for the 2015 Special Olympics World Games by assisting with the bid.
In 2011, Deloitte professionals played a key role in bringing the Special Olympics World Games to Los Angeles. During two months of pro bono services, cross functional Deloitte practitioners helped develop the financial section of the winning bid to host the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles. Deloitte helped to build a preliminary 2015 Special Olympics World Games budget and a plan designed to maintain the financial viability of one of the largest sports and humanitarian events in the world. A few months after the bid’s submission, Special Olympics CEO Tim Shriver announced alongside Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa of Los Angeles at the Staples Center that Los Angeles had won the bid and would be hosting the 2015 Special Olympics World Games. With the announcement, a new relationship between Deloitte and the Special Olympics was born.
Since winning the bid, cross-functional Deloitte teams have been delivering these services to the Special Olympics Games Organizing Committee throughout the planning process. These projects have ranged from business plan development, to strategy development, to budgeting and planning work, to tax services, to operational planning with each function of the Special Olympics World Games Organizing Committee.
Moving forward, Deloitte committed to supporting the Special Olympics Games Organizing Committee (GOC) in planning and supporting the GOC’s operations, and served as a critical liaison in working toward a successful Special Olympics World Games in 2015.
On June 6, 2014 more than 100 local Deloitte practitioners volunteered a combined 400 hours for the Special Olympics Invitational Games fundraiser, providing support with program planning, promotion, and execution. Through Deloitte’s pro bono services and volunteerism, the organization shares a strong commitment to help deliver a unique and memorable Special Olympics World Games experience.
Deloitte was proud to be an Official Sponsor of the Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles 2015, committing pro bono services as the Official Professional Services Partner of the Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles 2015.
The special power of sport
While attending the Special Olympics Games in South Korea in 2013, Lukas Hoebarth, a Deloitte Consulting senior manager, was able to participate in a Unified Sports experience, which joins people with and without disabilities on the same team. "You really get a sense for what the athletes are accomplishing," Lukas said. "The energy and what you learn about inclusion is powerful."
"Lukas also remembers feeling the transformative power of a stadium packed with spectators cheering on an athlete with intellectual disabilities. It’s these moments that fuel his passion for the pro bono work Deloitte does for the Special Olympics World Summer Games Organizing Committee, Inc., which Lukas helps coordinate."
The next Special Olympics Games is projected to deliver $410 million in economic impact to the Los Angeles region. It's expected to be the world's largest sports and humanitarian event in 2015, hosting 7,000 athletes, 30,000 volunteers, and spectators from 170 countries. Deloitte professionals played a key role in helping its client bring the Special Olympics Games to Los Angeles, including assisting the organization as it developed the financial section of the winning bid. After the victory, Deloitte advised the Games Organizing Committee on a number of innovative projects ranging from business plan development and budgeting to creating iPad-enabled "experience maps" for the Special Olympics Games.
Thanks in large part to the efforts of Adam Parrish, a Deloitte & Touche LLP partner and member of the Special Olympics of Southern California board of directors, Deloitte is the proud Official Professional Services Partner of the Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles 2015, committing a total of $5 million in pro bono services. Deloitte is committed to helping Special Olympics achieve a new global vision of acceptance and inclusion. "It's amazing to see the world unite through sports and celebrate the abilities and accomplishments of athletes with special needs," Lukas said.