Paris, France and Washington, United States – October 19, 2023 – Atos today announces its partnership with Special Olympics, Inc. (Special Olympics), a global nonprofit organization that promotes understanding, acceptance, and inclusion among people with and without intellectual disabilities through sporting activities.
As part of this partnership, Atos will provide several foundational digital services to Special Olympics around three pillars:
- Development and maintenance of the Special Olympics Games Management System, which includes software maintenance, IT security services, and innovations. The Games System allows organizers to manage staff, volunteers, and athletes by, among other things, distributing results and scoring and providing the competition calendars.
- Infrastructure services and security, including access management.
- Events support, with remote and on-site experts delivering services for the Special Olympics World Winter Test Games 2024, Special Olympics World Winter Games 2025, Special Olympics USA Test Games 2025, Special Olympics USA Games 2026, Special Olympics Unified Cup 2026, Special Olympics World Test Games 2026, and Special Olympics World Summer Games 2027.
The partnership with Special Olympics reflects Atos’ longstanding commitment to build an inclusive digital world accessible to all through adapted digital solutions for all types of disabilities.
The official signing took place on October 10, 2023, in Washington, DC in the presence of Mary Davis, CEO, Special Olympics, and Nacho Moros, Chief Operations Officer Major Events, Atos.
« We are happy to see Atos join our family and bring us its technological expertise developed over more than 30 years with major sporting events. Alongside them, we want to innovate and continue to be as inclusive as possible so that all people who have an intellectual disability can thrive through sport. » said Mary Davis, CEO Special Olympics International.
« As a company with over 30 years of experience supporting major sporting events, it made sense for Atos to partner with Special Olympics, an organization which, through sport, wishes to create a more inclusive world. We are delighted to support them in their events all around the world, starting with the World Winter Test Games 2024. » added Nacho Moros, Chief Operations Officer, Major Event, Atos.
To foster inclusive environments, Atos has developed a dedicated Accessibility & Digital Inclusion program that looks across all areas of its business, internally and externally, offering a range of accessible and assistive technology services to enable its customers to meet their legal and ethical commitments and maximize their employees’ contribution regardless or disability or impairment. Atos has also implemented Digital Accessibility Specialist apprenticeships, an internal Accessibility Champions program, and created a range of job-specific curricula on how to embed Accessibility.
Atos has been a partner of the Olympic Movement since 2002 and the Paralympic Movement since 2008 as a Worldwide IT Partner. Atos is also the Official Technology and Digital Services Partner of the European Olympic Committee for the 2023 and 2027 editions of the European Games and the Official Information Technology Partner of UEFA National Team Football until 2030.
Atos is the only international IT services company with a sports and major events division (“Major Events”). To learn more about Atos solutions for sporting events and Major Events, visit the Atos website.