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Our Cause

Apera’s cause is simple – to inspires all athletes.
We donate one bag to a Special Olympics athlete for every three bags we sell.

ABOUT SPECIAL OLYMPICS

Special Olympics is an international organization that changes lives by promoting understanding, acceptance and inclusion between people with and without intellectual disabilities.

Founded in 1968 by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, Special Olympics provides people with intellectual disabilities continuing opportunities to realize their potential, develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage and experience joy and friendship.

Through year-round sports training and athletic competition and other related programming for nearly 3.5 million children and adults with intellectual disabilities in more than 170 countries, Special Olympics has created a model community that celebrates people’s diverse gifts.

read more at the Special Olympics website >

 

IMPACT ON ATHLETES

Children and adults with intellectual disabilities who participate in Special Olympics develop improved physical fitness and motor skills, greater self-confidence and a more positive self-image.

They grow mentally, socially and spiritually and, through their activities, exhibit boundless courage and enthusiasm. The athletes also enjoy the rewards of friendship and ultimately discover not only new abilities and talents, but their “voices” as well.

 

APERA SUPPORT AND INVOLVEMENT

Apera donates one bag to a Special Olympics athlete for every three bags we sell.

But our passion runs deeper than the products we sell.

Individually and as a culture, we invest time and energy in cheering for our Special Olympics athletes, supporting and inspiring them.

Our staff and their families coach multiple Special Olympics teams. Members of our management team serve on Special Olympics boards of governance.

This type of involvement furthers our commitment to inspire and positively impact all athletes along their fitness journeys.