Special Olympics and Lionbridge Expand Partnership to Offer Special Olympics Website in Six Languages

March 26, 2012

Lionbridge Enables World-Renowned Organization to Increase Global Reach and Strengthen Communication for Supporters and Special Olympics Athletes Worldwide

WALTHAM, Mass. and DUBLIN, Ireland – Lionbridge Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq: LIOX),  a leading provider of translation, development and testing solutions, today announced that it has expanded its long-standing relationship with Special Olympics Europe/Eurasia. With this partnership, Lionbridge will now donate translation services for Special Olympics’ global website, www.specialolympics.org, across multiple languages – expanding from English to now also include Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, and Spanish.

“By working with Lionbridge to provide a multilingual website for our global movement we are able to shine a brighter spotlight on the importance of respect, acceptance and inclusion of all people with intellectual disabilities,” said Mary Davis, Regional President and Managing Director of Special Olympics Europe/Eurasia.  “We are extremely thankful to Lionbridge for their continued support. Their generous and important contribution of these translation services will significantly enhance our website to ensure greater accessibility to Special Olympics for millions of people across the globe.”

Founded in 1968 by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, Special Olympics has grown to become the largest sports organization in the world for people with intellectual disabilities, providing year-round sports training, athletic competition and other related programs to nearly four  million Special Olympics athletes in over 170 countries.

The Lionbridge program for Special Olympics combines services and technology to enable a highly-effective and efficient translation process.  To facilitate high-quality translation, Lionbridge uses Translation Workspace™, its cloud-based translation memory platform. The system’s cloud-based architecture enables the simultaneous use of multiple translation memories on a single project and facilitates real-time collaboration among all project participants.  As a result,  Special Olympics gains a quality, multilingual communication site that can relay vital information to athletes, families, coaches, volunteers and partners around the world.

“We look forward to extending the value we provide to Special Olympics. Through sports they raise public awareness of the talents and needs of all people with intellectual disabilities throughout the world,” said Rory Cowan, Lionbridge Chief Executive Officer. “Lionbridge continues to be an integral part of helping this organization achieve their goals to help athletes and supporters communicate more effectively.”

About Special Olympics

Special Olympics is an international organization that changes lives through the power of sport by encouraging and empowering people with intellectual disabilities, promoting acceptance for all, and fostering communities of understanding and respect worldwide. Founded in 1968 by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, the Special Olympics movement has grown from a few hundred athletes to more than 3.7 million athletes in over 170 countries in all regions of the world, providing year-round sports training, athletic competition and other related programs. Special Olympics now takes place every day, changing the lives of people with intellectual disabilities all over the world, from community playgrounds and ball fields in every small neighborhood’s backyard to World Games. Special Olympics provides people with intellectual disabilities continuing opportunities to realize their potential, develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, and experience joy and friendship. Special Olympics continues to grow thanks in part to the support of global corporate sponsors including The Coca-Cola Company, Procter & Gamble, Hilton Worldwide, Mattel and Lions Club International.  Visit Special Olympics at www.specialolympics.org. Engage with us on: Twitter @specialolympics; fb.com/specialolympics; youtube.com/specialolympicshq, and specialolympicsblog.wordpress.com 

About Lionbridge

Lionbridge Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq: LIOX) is a provider of translation, development and testing solutions. Lionbridge combines global resources with proven program management methodologies to serve as an outsource partner throughout a client's product and content lifecycle - from development to translation, testing and maintenance. Global organizations rely on Lionbridge services to increase international market share, speed adoption of global products and content, and enhance their return on enterprise applications and IT system investments. Based in Waltham, Mass., Lionbridge maintains solution centers in 26 countries and provides services under the Lionbridge and VeriTest brands. To learn more, visit http://www.lionbridge.com

Media Contacts

Suzanne Coogan
Special Olympics Europe/Eurasia
353-1-675-5715
scoogan@specialolympics.org

Mandy Murphy
Special Olympics, HQ, Washington, DC
202-824-0227
mmurphy@specialolympics.org

Sara Buda
Lionbridge Technologies
781-434-6190
sara.buda@lionbridge.com

Cynthia Spiers
Lionbridge Technologies
978-964-4769
cynthia.spiers@lionbridge.com

Maria Brown
Matter Communications
978-499-9250
mbrown@matternow.com

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