United Airlines steps up Special Olympics support

United Airlines has expanded its partnership with Special Olympics, the movement that seeks to empower athletes with intellectual disabilities, making the association a global relationship.

As part of the new agreement, United will implement new employee training scenarios to provide a positive travel experience for individuals with intellectual disabilities. More than 60,000 frontline employees will take part in such training modules by the end of 2018.

United will also support Special Olympics’ 50th anniversary celebrations in Chicago, and the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games in Seattle. The airline will have a presence at Special Olympics events in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Denver, Houston, Chicago, Virginia, New York and New Jersey.

“At Special Olympics we believe everyone has a role to play in ensuring inclusion,” Timothy Shriver, chairman of Special Olympics International, said. “Expanding our relationship with United will help provide a platform to drive inclusion throughout its network aiding us in our efforts to create a more inclusive world.”