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Mar 14, 2017  Rocky Hill, Conn.

Winning with Special Olympics

Special Olympics Connecticut awards Henkel Corporation bronze medal for continued support

Approximately 1,000 athletes participated in the 2017 Special Olympics Connecticut (SOCT) Winter Games, held March 4-5, to test their athletic skills in floor hockey, cross-country skiing and snow-shoeing. Joining the athletes were more than 20 employees from Henkel Corporation who cheered on the athletes and manned tables promoting healthy lifestyles at two event locations.

At the Rethink Your Drink table, a part of SOCT’s Health Promotion effort, Henkel volunteers educated athletes on the importance of healthy drink choices through fun activities, such as a flavored water taste testing and a spin-the-wheel game. Throughout the day, volunteers also provided encouragement to the athletes and cheered on their efforts.

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Open Slideshow Following an awards presentation held during the opening ceremony of the Special Olympics Connecticut Winter Olympics, Henkel employees proudly display the award presented by SOCT recognizing Henkel’s support of the organization.

Following an awards presentation held during the opening ceremony of the Special Olympics Connecticut Winter Olympics, Henkel employees proudly display the award presented by SOCT recognizing Henkel’s support of the organization.

Open Slideshow After an exciting game of floor hockey, Special Olympic athletes celebrate with Henkel employees.

After an exciting game of floor hockey, Special Olympic athletes celebrate with Henkel employees.

Open Slideshow Frigid weather was no match for the warmth felt between Special Olympic athletes and Henkel employees.

Frigid weather was no match for the warmth felt between Special Olympic athletes and Henkel employees.

Since 2011, Henkel has been a Bronze sponsor and supporter of the SOCT bi-annual games, with employees putting forth hundreds of volunteer hours, and the company providing approximately $10,000 in contributions annually. For the 2017 Winter Games, employees volunteered 170 hours, and Henkel provided a $5,000 sponsorship and donations of some of its most popular personal care products, including Dial® body wash and hand sanitizer, RIGHT GUARD® deodorant and Dry Idea® deodorant. In recognition of Henkel’s continued and increasing support, the company was honored with a Bronze sponsorship award during the Opening Ceremony.