LAWRENCEVILLE, NJ--(Marketwired - Jan 15, 2014) - The 2014 Special Olympics USA Games announced today that Wyndham Worldwide (NYSE: WYN), one of the world's largest hospitality companies, has signed on as a Bronze Level Partner and will be the Presenting Sponsor of the Honored Guests Hospitality Lounges at the eight competition venues during the 2014 USA Games. The 2014 USA Games will be held in New Jersey, June 14-21, 2014. Nearly 3,500 athletes will compete in 16 sports, supported by 1,000 coaches, 10,000 volunteers and 70,000 spectators.
As the Presenting Sponsor of the Honored Guests Hospitality Lounges, Wyndham Worldwide is continuing to build upon its relationship and commitment to Special Olympics New Jersey by partnering with the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games. During the 2013 Wyndham Championship, a PGA TOUR event of which Wyndham Worldwide is the title sponsor, the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games was named a finalist in the "Charity of Choice" awareness campaign. In addition, Wyndham Worldwide is once again a Presenting Sponsor of the New York Football Giants Snow Bowl to benefit Special Olympics New Jersey, March 21-23, for the fourth consecutive year.
"Wyndham Worldwide is a great corporate partner and has been an early supporter of the 2014 USA Games coming to New Jersey. They are committed to helping us garner more attention and funds to this life-changing event," said TJ Nelligan, chairman and chief executive officer, 2014 Special Olympics USA Games. "In addition to providing top-notch competition opportunities for all the athletes who have qualified to participate in this national event, another goal is to positively impact every individual in attendance. Wyndham Worldwide's support of the 2014 USA Games allows us to provide additional hospitality components to our venues and provide a spectator experience on par with some of the greatest sporting competitions worldwide."
"Philanthropy has always been a central focus for our company and supporting our communities is one of the core values at Wyndham Worldwide which has allowed us to support many outstanding charitable organizations," said Mary Falvey, executive vice president and chief human resources officer, Wyndham Worldwide. "As a family-oriented company committed to creating great experiences for our guests and customers, partnering with the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games provides us with a unique opportunity to give back."
Through its corporate social responsibility program and Wishes by Wyndham Foundation, Wyndham Worldwide is committed to enriching the lives of children around the world, and supports its goals through in-kind donations, volunteer hours and by raising awareness and funds for organizations related to its mission. Believing that you can do well by doing good, Wyndham Worldwide has worked to integrate sustainability, diversity, philanthropy, human rights, and responsible corporate governance and business practices into its culture and how its businesses operate around the world since its introduction on the NYSE in 2006.
As Presenting Sponsor of Honored Guests Hospitality, Wyndham Worldwide will be identified as the official host of the Honored Guest Hospitality Lounges at each of the competition venues, including Princeton University, Rider University, The College of New Jersey and Mercer County Park. The Honored Guest Lounges will provide a respite for corporate partners and other credentialed, distinguished guests who are in attendance of the 2014 USA Games, and will be stocked with beverages and snacks.
Volunteers from Wyndham Worldwide will help staff the Honored Guest Lounges, as well as assist in other areas throughout the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games.
About Wyndham Worldwide
One of the world's largest hospitality companies, Wyndham Worldwide (NYSE: WYN) provides a wide range of hospitality products and services through its global portfolio of world-renowned brands. The world's largest hotel company based on the number of properties, Wyndham Hotel Group is home to many of the world's best-known hotel brands, with approximately 7,440 franchised hotels and over 638,300 hotel rooms worldwide. Wyndham Exchange & Rentals is the worldwide leader in vacation exchange and the world's largest professionally managed vacation rentals business, providing more than 5 million leisure-bound families annually with access to over 106,000 vacation properties in 100 countries through its prominent exchange and vacation rental brands. The industry and timeshare ownership market leader, Wyndham Vacation Ownership develops, markets, and sells vacation ownership interests and provides consumer financing to owners through its network of 190 vacation ownership resorts serving approximately 915,000 owners throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and the South Pacific. Based in Parsippany, NJ, Wyndham Worldwide employs approximately 32,500 associates globally.
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. Founding partners for the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games include 21st Century Fox, Barnabas Health, HESS, KPMG, 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.