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KPMG hosts banquet for its Special Olympics volunteers

July 20, 2010

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Tim Shriver speaks to volunteers from KPMG at Monday’s employee banquet

Photo and Story: Chelsey Wahlstrom, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Dana Foote, local Omaha audit partner, took the idea of involving KPMG employees in the 2010 Special Olympics USA National Games to the company’s disabilities network in Dallas and never looked back.

As a result, about 150 KPMG staff members from 30 offices across the nation volunteer at the golf venues as the USA National Games continue in Lincoln this week.

To be part of the volunteer squad at the games, the auditing firm’s employees needed application and to explain why they wanted to volunteer. More than 300 non-local applicants applied and about 80 were flown to Lincoln all expenses paid. About 75 employees — including Foote — raised $25,000 from local chapters so they could be present at the venues.

“We’re all about inclusiveness and bringing people together,” Foote said.

Tim Shriver, CEO of Special Olympics International, encouraged listeners at Monday’s banquet to think about the lessons they are learning from their volunteerism.

“This movement is on the move,” he said. “We want people to come to our movement to find role models. We’re going to find a way to blow the sports world up.”

KPMG also sponsored golf in the Special Olympics 2009 National Invite in Lincoln and continues to sponsor golfer Phil Mickelson on the PGA Tour.

Shriver told KPMG employees that cooperation is the key.

“We’re going to do this,” he said. “I think we’re going to do this together.”



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