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Partners of the Movement

United Airlines

Global Platinum Partner of Special Olympics, United Airlines celebrates our shared vision to break down barriers and end discrimination against people with intellectual disabilities.

History of Support

United Airlines became a new global partner of Special Olympics in late 2017. Building on a long history of local support and engaging their employees around the world, the new partnership is the next evolution of United’s relationship with Special Olympics. Our partnership comes to life through a multi-faceted, including:

  • Gold sponsor at the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games in Seattle and a Presenting Sponsor of the Welcome Day at Seattle Tacoma airport on June 30, 2018
  • Gold sponsor for our 50th Anniversary celebration in Chicago this summer, including the Unified Cup, Global Day of Inclusion and concert, and Eternal Flame of Hope, located outside of Soldier Field
  • Encouraging their 86,000 employees to engage in local Special Olympic Programs. United supports nine Programs that align to key hub markets where their customers and employees live and work - San Francisco, Los Angeles, Denver, Houston, Chicago, Virginia/Washington, DC, New York, New Jersey and London
  • Collaborating with Special Olympics to evolve, refine, and deliver a curriculum that will continue to educate and train their global workforce as part of their commitment to deliver exceptional customer service.
Chairman Tim Shriver, United CEO Oscar Munoz and global messenger Bree Bogucki announcing the partnership at the United leadership meeting in Chicago, alongside athletes from Special Olympics IL, NY and OH.

Connecting People. Uniting the World.

United’s shared purpose is to help unite the world by connecting people to moments that matter most. The new global partnership is extremely synergistic as Special Olympics strives to work with partners to create more welcoming communities for people of all abilities. In doing so, Special Olympics and its partners like United provide access and opportunities for people with intellectual disabilities to contribute their talents to their community. In collaboration with Special Olympics, United strives to reach the next level as a customer-centric airline. As part of the new relationship, United has committed to work closely with Special Olympics to train more than 60,000 front line employees to take steps to lead in inclusion.

Over 2000 United employee leaders participated in a unified volunteer engagement activation in preparation for upcoming local competition in IL and the 50th anniversary celebration.