INDIANAPOLIS — Building upon a long tradition of support spanning more than 40 years, Duke Energy and the Duke Energy Foundation will contribute a combined $125,000 to Special Olympics Indiana for 2021.
The funds include a $25,000 grant to support the 2021 Indiana Summer Games and a $100,000 corporate donation designated for the development of a Unified high school fitness challenge, the addition of Unified Swimming as a new Champions Together sport, and to help offset costs associated with sending Special Olympics Indiana athletes to the 2022 USA Games in Orlando.
The donation was formally announced last month by Duke Energy Vice President for Midwest Regional Support Cicely Hart during a special presentation at the Summer Games in Terre Haute, Ind. Hart, who also serves on the board of directors for Special Olympics Indiana, was among the many Duke Energy employees who volunteered their time to help run the organization’s largest annual event.
“We gain as much from Special Olympics as it gives to us,” she said. “Over our years of involvement, the organization has opened up our hearts and our minds to the gifts of people with intellectual disabilities and we have seen firsthand the transformative power that sports can have in their lives.”
In addition to renewed annual support of the Summer Games, Hart said that Duke Energy…