SEATTLE - (June 3, 2013) - Lovin' Scoopful, a premium
ice cream company founded by Maria Shriver, Tim Shriver and
partners to benefit nonprofits that support those with intellectual
challenges, proudly announces the winners of its 3rd annual Lovin' Award. The annual
award recognizes young visionaries from around the country who help
empower the human spirit through involvement in programs that
foster respect, inclusion and a true personal connection for people
One national winner and four regional winners from around the
country were selected from students' ages eight to 18 for their
involvement with Special Olympics and other organizations that are
designed to create more accepting communities.
"Each year, we are amazed by the caliber of young people who are
nominated for the Lovin' Award," said Lovin' Scoopful co-founder,
Maria Shriver. "These youth leaders have learned that they can use
their own ideas, influence and initiative to make a tremendous
impact in their communities and we are proud to recognize their
"These youth are a tremendous example of what it takes to be a
leader in their schools, communities and social circles," added Tim
Shriver, Lovin' Scoopful co-founder. "We're pleased to honor them
for their outstanding efforts to promote acceptance and tolerance
and paving the way for others to follow in their footsteps."
The national Lovin' Award recipient is Kaylee Walter, 17, of
Port Orchard, Wash. Walter was nominated by a fellow Special
Olympics volunteer for her involvement in movement for the past six
years, as well as for her work with the Washington State Youth
Activation Committee for Special Olympics and Project
UNIFY®. Much of Walter's inspiration comes from her
younger brother who has Down syndrome. In addition to her existing
commitments with Special Olympics, Walter is working toward
becoming a certified coach. She is an advocate and positive
influence at her high school for inclusion of all students, and
hopes to become a physical therapist for children with
As the national award winner, Walter will receive an engraved
plaque; certificates for a year supply of Lovin' Scoopful ice
cream; a $100 gift card; a feature on the Lovin' Scoopful blog,
Facebook and Twitter pages; a letter of commendation from Maria
Shriver; the opportunity to compose multiple blog postings about
her chosen nonprofit organization; and a $500 donation for her
chosen nonprofit organization.
The regional winners include:
- Madeline Sanford, 14, of Great Falls, Mont., was nominated for
her genuine passion for Special Olympics and her active involvement
in Special Olympics Unified Sports® since 2010.
Sanford completed coach training and is a regular Unified Partner
for the Great Falls Lions basketball team, State Summer and Winter
Games, as well as an advocate for the Spread the Word to End the
- Caroline Gould, 17, of Dallas, Texas, was nominated by a
Special Olympics Texas staff member. Gould is the president of the
Highland Park Special Olympics Club at the Highland Park
Independent School District. In her role, Gould has planned and
organized multiple Special Olympics programs both at school and in
- Michael Murray II, 17, of Cayuga, New York, was nominated for
his more than 600 hours of volunteer work for Special Olympics.
Murray started volunteering for the movement with his parents at
the young age of five. Special Olympic athletes inspire Murray to
work through challenges in life and to always cross the finish
- Schaene Shatto, 18, of North Branford, Conn. was nominated by a
Special Olympics Unified Sports Director. Shatto won a high school
essay at the Michael's Cup Sports Banquet on the topic of helping
those with intellectual disabilities. She is a senior at North
Branford High School, where she is involved as a Unified Sports
Partner for her school's volleyball team.
The regional winners will each receive certificates for a
two-month supply of Lovin' Scoopful ice cream; a feature on the
Lovin' Scoopful blog, Facebook and Twitter pages; a letter of
commendation from Maria Shriver; the opportunity to compose a blog
posting about their chosen nonprofit; and a $250 donation for their
chosen nonprofit organization.
All of the Lovin' Award winners were selected by a panel of
judges including Maria Shriver and Tim Shriver for exemplifying
characteristics that promote human rights, inclusion, equality and
leadership through education. For more information about the
national and regional winners, visit www.lovinaward.com/2013.
Launched in 2008, Lovin' Scoopful's mission is to create as many
smiles as possible. Empowering the human spirit and satisfying
taste buds, the company donates 25 percent of its post-tax profits
($50,000 minimum annually) to Special Olympics. Made with an
all-natural base, non-rBST cow's milk and cream, all Lovin'
Scoopful gourmet light ice cream flavors contain half the fat and
have fewer calories than other premium brands, providing a
healthier alternative while maintaining a super-premium taste.
All 14 flavors of Lovin' Scoopful ice cream come in 1.75 quart
containers and retail for $3.99 to $4.99 at select grocery stores
around the country. For more information, including retailers
carrying Lovin' Scoopful products, please visit www.lovinscoopful.com.
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