The Finish Line, Inc.’s Chairman and CEO Glenn S. Lyon has joined the
Special Olympics International board of directors. He will begin his
term on January 1, 2015, joining Harvard Law School Professor William
‘Bill’ Alford who was re-elected and Peter Mazunda, Managing Director
for Xtra Solutions Communications Group, who also joins the Board as the
Africa representative to the International Advisory Committee.
high fives to hugs, my interaction with Special Olympics athletes
always inspires me. I value the compassion, drive and commitment of
Special Olympics and all that it is accomplishing,” said Lyon. “I just
learned, for example, about a Finish Line associate who this past
weekend at a Special Olympics event gave his own shoes to an athlete in
need. It's that passion that our team has at all levels that fuels me to
devote time and energy to Special Olympics International.”
April of 2012, Finish Line announced in partnership with its Finish Line
Youth Foundation a multi-year pledge to support Special Olympics as
part of the retailer's ongoing mission to celebrate the everyday
achievements of athletes everywhere. Finish Line associates across the
country, from California to New Jersey, have provided support and
volunteer participation at Special Olympics events in dozens of
communities. Recently, for example, more than 200 associates from Finish
Line’s Indianapolis-based headquarters and surrounding stores spent a
rewarding day of volunteering at the Special Olympics Indiana Summer
Games in Terre Haute, Indiana.
Since the partnership was
announced, Finish Line has also held in-store fundraising campaigns.
Including participation from valued customers, Finish Line has
contributed more than $3.5 million to Special Olympics.
“It is an
honor to be involved and I look forward to our team at Finish Line
continuing to make a difference in the lives of others through our
ongoing partnership with Special Olympics and now with my involvement on
the board,” Lyon concluded.
Lyon became CEO of Finish Line in 2008. In May 2010, he was also named chairman of the Board.
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 33 Olympic-type sports and more than 81,000 games and competitions throughout the year.