Maine Special Olympics
Special Olympics provides year-round fun for Maine residents, and Bangor Federal has been proudly participating since 2001.
In 1968, the world's largest sports organization for children and adults with intellectual disabilities was founded. According to their website, “Special Olympics Maine's mission is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community. In Maine we serve over 3800 athletes and offer events at the local, state, national and international levels.”
Credit unions across the state help to support Maine athletes and donate to the Maine Special Olympics by hosting events, fundraisers, and more. Bangor Federal supports the Special Olympics with monetary donations and volunteered time.
Each year, BFCU staff join other credit union employees from all over the state at the annual Winter Games held at Sugarloaf. While at the three-day long event, volunteers help to prepare the athletes for their snow shoeing and downhill skiing competitions. Additionally, credit union volunteers help prepare the food at the event, including over 1,000 sandwiches for lunch!
Over the past 23 years, credit unions and the Insurance Trust have contributed over $1.2 million to Maine Special Olympics, and Bangor Federal is proud to have contributed a portion to that amount.
One of our employees appreciates the work credit unions do for the special Olympics because her son enjoys the games every year.
“I volunteer for Special Olympics because my son has disabilities and participates in Special Olympics. With Special Olympics, they focus on the ability and not the disability and lets them know that they can succeed.”