SOURCE: Lovin' Scoopful

Richmond Public Relations

April 21, 2014 12:00 ET

Lovin' Scoopful Ice Cream Opens Nominations for 4th Annual Lovin' Awards Recognizing Young Visionaries

SEATTLE, WA--(Marketwired - April 21, 2014) - 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 opening nominations for its 4th annual Lovin' Award. The award recognizes young visionaries who are committed to and involved in programs that foster respect, inclusion and personal connections between people with and without differences.

"I'm an advocate for those in our society who value acceptance, tolerance and inclusion, and we need to recognize the great efforts of compassionate and selfless individuals spreading that message," said Maria Shriver, 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."

Recipients must be: ages eight to 18; exemplify characteristics that promote human rights, inclusion, equality and leadership through education; and 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 create more accepting communities.

Four regional winners will each receive: two-month supply of Lovin' Scoopful ice cream; letter of commendation from Maria Shriver; the opportunity to compose a blog posting about their chosen nonprofit; $250 donation for their chosen nonprofit organization; and more.

One national winner will receive the above, as well as: engraved award; year supply of Lovin' Scoopful ice cream; the opportunity to compose multiple blog postings about their chosen nonprofit; $500 donation to their chosen nonprofit; and much more.

Nominations are being accepted through May 23, 2014. To nominate an individual, visit: www.LovinAward.com.

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. For more information, visit www.lovinscoopful.com. Follow Lovin' Scoopful at www.facebook.com/lovinscoopful and www.twitter.com/LovinScoopful.

The Special Olympics is an international organization that changes lives by encouraging and empowering people with intellectual disabilities, promoting acceptance for all, and fostering communities of understanding and respect worldwide. For more information, visit www.specialolympics.org

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