The Finish Line, Inc. (NASDAQ: FINL), the Indianapolis-based specialty athletic retailer, announced today its partnership with the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games. Finish Line is a Bronze Partner and Presenting Sponsor of the basketball competition at the Games which will be held June 14-21 throughout Mercer County, New Jersey.
“We’re proud to partner with the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games and all that they represent,” said Finish Line Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Glenn Lyon. “Special Olympics athletes inspire our associates and customers. With their drive, determination, commitment and passion, they exemplify incredible role models for all of us on the Finish Line team.”
More than 400 athletes will participate in the basketball competition at three venues including the Alumni Gym at Rider University, Packer Hall at The College of New Jersey and the Grant M. Shipley ’42 Pavilion at the Hun School of Princeton. In total, nearly 3,500 Special Olympics athletes will travel from across the U.S. to compete in the 2014 USA Games and will be supported by 1,000 coaches, 10,000 volunteers and an anticipated 70,000 spectators.
“Our partnership with Finish Line as the presenter of our basketball competition is a winning combination,” said TJ Nelligan, Chairman and CEO of the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games. “Finish Line’s reputation mirrors our mission of utilizing sports to create a more welcoming and accepting environment for all.”To learn more about Finish Line’s ongoing relationship with Special Olympics, visit www.finishline.com/store/youthfoundation/special-olympics.jsp. About The Finish Line, Inc. The Finish Line, Inc. is a premium retailer of athletic shoes, apparel and accessories. Headquartered in Indianapolis, Finish Line has approximately 850 stores including more than 200 shops in Macy’s in malls across the U.S. and employs more than 14,000 sneakerologists who help customers every day connect with their sport, their life and their style. Online shopping is available at www.finishline.com and www.macys.com. Mobile shopping is available at m.finishline.com. Follow Finish Line on Twitter at Twitter.com/FinishLine and “like” Finish Line on Facebook at Facebook.com/FinishLine. Finish Line also operates the Running Specialty Group through a venture with Gart Capital Partners. This includes 49 specialty running shops in 11 states and the District of Columbia under The Running Company, Run On!, Blue Mile, Boulder Running Company, Roncker’s Running Spot and VA Runner banners. More information, including the particular states in which stores are located, is available at www.run.com. About the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games The Special Olympics USA Games will be hosted by New Jersey June 14-21, 2014. Nearly 3,500 athletes will compete in 16 Olympic-style team and individual sports, with the support of 1,000 coaches, 10,000 volunteers and 70,000 family, friends and spectators. The Special Olympics USA Games will celebrate the Special Olympics movement, promote the ideals of acceptance and inclusion through sport and showcase athletes from throughout the U.S. and the abilities of people with intellectual disabilities. The 2014 USA Games will also highlight Special Olympics’ work in sport, education, health and communities. Founding Partners for the 2014 Special Olympic USA Games include 21st Century Fox, Barnabas Health, HESS, KPMG, New Jersey Sports & Exposition Authority, Prudential, PSE&G, ShopRite, Toys “R” Us and WWE. Learn more about the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games at www.2014specialolympics.org and follow the Games on Facebook at Facebook.com/SpecialOlympicsUSAGames and Twitter @2014USAGames.