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Special Olympics Announces Additions to International Board of Directors

July 02, 2014

The Special Olympics International Board of Directors has re-elected Harvard Law School Professor William 'Bill' Alford and elected Glenn S. Lyon, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Finish Line, Inc. to serve on the Board. Both Alford and Lyon will begin their terms on 1 January 2015. Peter Mazunda, Managing Director for Xtra Solutions Communications Group, also joins the Board as the Africa representative to the International Advisory Committee.

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Lynn Aylward
Special Olympics
+1 (202) 824-0336
laylward@specialolympics.org

Press Release

Washington, D.C. - The Special Olympics International Board of Directors is the ultimate governing authority for the Special Olympics movement and is comprised of leaders in the areas of business, government, disability, sports and entertainment. The Board is responsible for the global affairs and strategies of Special Olympics, determines its policies and programs, and oversees all top-level management.

"We are tremendously grateful for the many years of previous service Bill Alford has dedicated to Special Olympics and are thrilled he is rejoining our Board," said Janet Froetscher, CEO of Special Olympics. "Bill made many valuable contributors during his time on the Board of Directors. As Chair of the Research and Policy Committee, he made important and generous contributions of his time and legal expertise which advanced our research and advocacy on behalf of people with intellectual disabilities worldwide."

"We are also delighted to welcome Glenn S. Lyon to our Board. As Chairman and CEO of Finish Line, Glenn brings extraordinary business acumen and a strategic perspective. Finish Line is a well-known sports brand and great partner to us and we are honored to have Glenn join our Board to help us further our mission," said Froetscher.

"Additionally, we are pleased to welcome Peter Mazunda, Chairman of Special Olympics Malawi who was selected by the Africa leadership council to serve as its representative on the International Advisory Committee and Special Olympics International Board of Directors," said Froetscher.  "Mr. Mazunda serves as Managing Director for Xtra Solutions Communications Group and  is a renowned documentary film maker who has produced films and documentaries in Malawi and internationally."

Brief biographies of the new members are listed below, and for a complete list of current Special Olympics International Board Members, please visit the Special Olympics website.


Biographies

William "Bill" Alford 
Bill Alford considers himself blessed to have been involved with Special Olympics for the past two decades. Mr. Alford served as a member of the Board of Directors of Special Olympics International from 2005--2013 and will begin his next term on 1 January 2015. He serves as the non-director member of the Special Olympics International Research and Policy Committee. In his life apart from Special Olympics International, Mr. Alford serves as the Henry L. Stimson Professor at Harvard Law School where he also serves as Vice Dean for the Graduate Program and International Legal Studies, Chair of the Harvard Law School Project on Disability (HPOD), and Director of East Asian Legal Studies. Mr. Alford's academic work is focused on China and its effort to develop its legal system; on China's engagement with the world community; on disability issues; and on international law. HPOD works in China, Bangladesh, South Africa and many other nations to promote the rights of persons with disabilities in a culturally appropriate manner.

 Glenn S. Lyon 
Glenn Lyon serves as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Finish Line, Inc. Prior to joining Finish Line, Mr. Lyon served as President/CEO of Paul Harris Stores, Inc., a women's apparel retailer, from March 2000 to February 2001. From October 1995 to February 2000, he held positions as President and General Merchandising Manager of Modern Woman Stores, a Division of the American Retail Group. Mr. Lyon also spent eight years with TJX Company as Senior Vice President and Executive Vice President of Merchandising and Marketing. Mr. Lyon started his career in 1973 at Macy's N.Y., where he spent 10 years in various merchandising positions.

Peter Mazunda 
Peter Mazunda, the Managing Director for Xtra Solutions Communications Group, is a renowned Director of Photography, Film Director and Cameraman in Malawi. Peter trained in television engineering, television production, television journalism and computer engineering in Namibia with the Namibia Broadcasting Cooperation and has been associated with the Training Institute of African Media Communicators, the Thompson Foundation, and Deutsche Welle Television Training Centre in Germany. He later joined Television Malawi before establishing Xtra Solutions Communications Group.  Mr. Mazunda has produced more than fifty documentaries, and created films for local and international audiences.

About Special Olympics International

Special Olympics is a global movement that unleashes the human spirit through the transformative power and joy of sports, every day around the world. Through sports, health and education programs, Special Olympics is fighting inactivity, injustice and intolerance by empowering people with intellectual disabilities to become accepted and valued members of their communities, which leads to a more respectful and inclusive society for all. Founded in 1968 by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, the Special Olympics movement has grown to more than 4.4 million athletes in 170 countries. With the support of more than 1.3 million coaches and volunteers, Special Olympics delivers 33 Olympic-type sports and more than 81,000 games and competitions throughout the year. Special Olympics is supported by individuals, foundations and partners, including the Christmas Records Trust, the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics®, The Coca-Cola Company, Lions Clubs International, Mattel, P&G, Essilor Vision Foundation, Finish Line, The Safeway Foundation, and Safilo Group. Visit Special Olympics at www.specialolympics.org. Engage with us on: twitter@specialolympics, fb.com/specialolympics, youtube.com/specialolympicshq, instagram/specialolympics and specialolympicsblog.wordpress.com.

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