Life Time Fitness, Inc, The Healthy Way of Life Company (NYSE: LTM), today announced that Special Olympics has joined the Commitment Day Movement as a Founding Charity Partner.
Founded in 1968 by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, Special Olympics provides year-round sports training and competition to provide people with intellectual disabilities opportunities to realize their potential, develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, and experience joy and friendship. Today, Special Olympics serves more than four million athletes in 170 countries worldwide with year-round sports training, athletic competition and related programs.
Commitment Day is a 365-day movement designed to unite all Americans in making personal commitments to a healthier way of life. On January 1, 2013, hundreds of thousands of Americans will kick off the movement by participating in simultaneous 5K walk/run events spanning 30 cities, symbolizing their stance and personal responsibility to make America healthier.
All Commitment Day registrants are invited to support Special Olympics and the other Founding Charity Partners by making a donation to the charity or engaging in supplementary fundraising activities to benefit the charity.Founding Charity Partners also will receive recognition and support in connection with the Commitment Day 365 movement during 2012 and 2013. For example, as part of the Commitment Day Movement’s Commitment to Give, consumers now can purchase the ‘ A Very Special Christmas’ holiday music album at Life Time locations nationwide, an album that benefits Special Olympics. “For nearly 45 years, Special Olympics has been dedicated to empowering people with intellectual disabilities, while promoting wellness, community acceptance and respect,” says Bahram Akradi, Chairman, President, CEO and Founder of Life Time. “With this unwavering commitment and support of healthy lifestyles for people with intellectual disabilities, I am honored to have them join the Commitment Day Movement. The health of America is one of the most crucial issues facing our country with controllable diseases out of control and cardiovascular disease at an all-time high. There is a solution and it starts with a commitment to healthy eating, exercise, family, giving, personal responsibility, and a healthy planet. Together with Special Olympics and our other distinguished partners, we can change America for the better.”