SOURCE: Lovin' Scoopful

April 16, 2015 13:27 ET

Lovin' Scoopful Ice Cream Accepting Nominations for 5th Annual Lovin' Award

Award Program Recognizes Young Visionaries Dedicated to Making a Difference

SEATTLE, WA--(Marketwired - April 16, 2015) - Lovin' Scoopful, a premium ice cream company founded by Maria Shriver, Tim Shriver and partners, to benefit Special Olympics and other nonprofits that help empower the human spirit, is accepting nominations for its 5th annual Lovin' Award through May 24, 2015. The award recognizes young visionaries who are committed to and involved in programs that foster respect, inclusion and a true personal connection for people with intellectual or other differences.

Award recipients will be selected from nominated students ages eight to 18 who are involved with Special Olympics programs such as Unified Sports®, the Spread the Word to End the Word® campaign, Young Athletes, Get Into It® and Project UNIFY®, as well as Best Buddies and other organizations that are designed to create more accepting communities. Through their involvement, recipients must exemplify characteristics that promote human rights, inclusion, equality and leadership through education.

"I'm an advocate for those in our society who value acceptance, tolerance and inclusion, and we need to recognize the efforts these compassionate and selfless individuals express," Maria Shriver, said Lovin' Scoopful co-founder. "That's why the Lovin' Award exists -- to recognize and reward our country's most inspiring youth who are making a difference in the lives of people with intellectual disabilities."

Nominate hopefuls and find additional information about the 2015 Lovin' Award online at www.LovinAward.com/youth. Nominations may be made by family, peers, teachers, or a representative from Special Olympics or other qualifying nonprofit organizations that promote human rights, equality, and inclusion. 

2015 National Lovin' Award Winner will be honored with the following gifts:

  • $500 Scholarship
  • Engraved award
  • Year supply of Lovin' Scoopful ice cream certificates
  • Feature on the Lovin' Scoopful blog, Facebook, and Twitter pages
  • Letter of commendation from Maria Shriver
  • The opportunity to contribute entries on Lovin' Scoopful's Lovin' Nation blog

Runners up will each receive certificates for a two month supply of Lovin' Scoopful ice cream.

Nominations are being accepted through May 24, 2015. Winners will be selected by a panel of judges including Maria Shriver and Tim Shriver, and will be announced in June.

"It's inspiring reading the nominations for our Lovin' Award and learning what great impact these young people are making in our communities," said Tim Shriver, Lovin' Scoopful co-founder. "These kids aren't afraid or ashamed to take a stand in defense of their peers with intellectual disabilities, and I think everyone can learn or be inspired by them to change too."

Last year's national Lovin' Award winner was Maggie Leppert of Belle Meade, N.J. Leppert was nominated for her profound commitment to social justice and inclusion, exemplified through her work as the founder of her school's Project UNIFY program and for her role as an advocate of acceptance and dignity for her peers with intellectual disabilities. Project UNIFY is an education and sports based program focused on increasing athletic and leadership opportunities for students with and without intellectual disabilities.

Launched in 2008, Lovin' Scoopful's mission is to create as many smiles as possible. Empowering the human spirit and satisfying taste buds, the company donates 25 percent of its post-tax profits ($50,000 minimum annually) to Special Olympics. We are also proud to announce new distribution for 2015. A&P, Pathmark, Superfresh and Waldbaums are all new retailers carrying Lovin' Scoopful Gourmet Light Ice Cream.

About Lovin' Scoopful:
Lovin' Scoopful is a premium ice cream company operating with the objective of making not only its customers happy, but also making many others happy through significant contributions to causes that help empower the human spirit. Maria Shriver, Tim Shriver, Angelo Moratti and Dan Samson launched Lovin' Scoopful in 2008 with the intent of offering a high quality, fun and health conscious product that would also serve as an ongoing source of revenue for worthy causes. Currently, the company is proud to donate 25 percent of its post-tax profits, $50,000 minimum annually, to Special Olympics. Lovin' Scoopful Gourmet Light Ice Cream flavors contain half the fat and fewer calories than other premium brands, providing a healthier alternative while maintaining a super-premium taste. Lovin' Scoopful Gourmet Light Ice Cream retails for $3.75 to $4.99 and can be found in the premium section of the ice cream freezer at select grocery stores around the country. For more information, including retailers carrying Lovin' Scoopful products, please visit www.lovinscoopful.com. Follow Lovin' Scoopful on Facebook at www.facebook.com/lovinscoopful and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/LovinScoopful.

About Special Olympics:
Special Olympics is a global movement that unleashes the human spirit through the transformative power and joy of sports, every day around the world. We empower people with intellectual disabilities to become accepted and valued members of their communities, which leads to a more respectful and inclusive society for all. Using sports as the catalyst and programming around health and education, Special Olympics is fighting inactivity, injustice and intolerance. Founded in 1968 by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, the Special Olympics movement has grown to more than 4.4 million athletes in 170 countries. With the support of more than 1.3 million coaches and volunteers, Special Olympics delivers 32 Olympic-type sports and more than 81,000 games and competitions throughout the year. Visit Special Olympics at www.specialolympics.org. Engage with us on: Twitter @specialolympics; fb.com/specialolympics; youtube.com/specialolympicshq; instagram.com/specialolympics and specialolympicsblog.wordpress.com.

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