The MetLife Foundation supports Special Olympics Young Athletes Program
MetLife Foundation, the philanthropic arm of global insurer MetLife, launched a three-year partnership with Special Olympics in 2016. The Foundation’s support, a clear demonstration of a commitment to serving the communities where MetLife operates, is centered on the expansion of Young Athletes, a sport and play program for children with and without intellectual disabilities ages 2 to 7. In 2017, support from MetLife Foundation enabled Special Olympics to launch Young Athletes in 5 countries and expand activities in 21 additional countries in Europe Eurasia and Middle East North Africa region. With their direct support, almost 4,500 children with and without disabilities participated in Young Athletes activities, gaining motor, social and cognitive skill development through inclusive play. MetLife associates volunteered at Young Athletes events in eight countries across MetLife’s Europe, Middle East and North Africa region. In addition to their three-year Young Athletes partnership, MetLife has also chosen Special Olympics as a partner for their 2016 and 2017 Community Week engaging over 400 employee volunteers in 17 countries each year.