This spring, Special Olympics Oregon (SOOR) kicked-off a new year-round partnership with Oregon Subway Stores. As a result of this partnership, SOOR and Subway have collaborated on several tremendous activities and will have plans for other activities moving forward. One example is the "You Share, We Share" campaign that ran this past summer. During this time Subway donated a percentage of sales back to Special Olympics Oregon. In total Subway has donated $75,000 that goes directly towards helping the thousands of individuals with intellectual disabilities that benefit from SOOR’s life-changing programs.
As value above and beyond, Subway has generously donated sandwiches to multiple SOOR competitions and events, including our Summer State Games and Nike Youth Games, resulting in over $20,000 of budget relief.
In addition to this incredible new partnership, many local Portland Subway restaurants have been supporting SOOR for many years with donations, discounts and providing lunches for our athletes at various competitions.
Alex Frost, a local Subway manager in Gresham, has been supporting SOOR since 2010. "It's a great cause and it's something I feel good about. My staff can also feel good about it when they make all the sandwiches."
Frost's commitment runs deep. His first experience with Special Olympics stems from when he was in high school. He studied abroad in Italy and his host brother was a Special Olympics athlete. Alex experienced first-hand the impact that Special Olympics had on his host family. When he was approached by SOOR to provide meals for the Winter State Games in 2010, his positive experience and memories surfaced once again.
"My interest goes back to my original experience with my host brother...and when I got to see the Opening Ceremonies it was really touching," said Frost.
We are thankful for the incredible local Subway franchises and the 100’s of Subway employees who support our mission and the thousands of Special Olympics Oregon participants who benefit from their generosity. We are looking forward to continuing our partnership with Subway in 2016.