Kia Motors Canada announced the launch of the Kia Canada Special Olympics Mobility Program.
A first-of-its-kind national transportation-based program, the Kia Canada Special Olympics Mobility Program will enable Canadian Special Olympics athletes, coaches, staff and volunteers to participate in more Special Olympics community programming.
Individuals with intellectual disabilities and their loved ones face challenges, both big and small, every single day. Through its ongoing partnership with Special Olympics Canada, Kia Canada has recognized reliable transportation as a challenge they could help alleviate for families across the country.
“Participating in sport is incredibly rewarding but can also be a demanding undertaking for athletes and their families,” said Michael Kopke, director of marketing, Kia Canada. “The travel required to attend training, games and tournaments can pose challenges for those without access to reliable transportation. That’s why Kia Canada is excited to launch the Kia Canada Special Olympics Mobility Program to serve Special Olympics Chapters nationwide. As the manufacturer of some of the industry’s highest-quality vehicles and a proud partner of Special Olympics Canada, we want to ensure that Kia helps get Special Olympics athletes, families, staff, coaches and volunteers where they need to be and that nobody gets left behind.”
Through its new Mobility Program, Kia Canada is providing funding for the rental of Kia vehicles by way of local Enterprise Rent-a-Car locations. These vehicles will be available to Special Olympics Chapters throughout Canada in all provinces, with the exception of Yukon and NWT.
“For Special Olympics Chapters, transportation can be a challenge on a daily basis,” said Glenn MacDonell, CEO Special Olympics Ontario. “Getting our coaches, volunteers and teams to and from training and competitions incurs a massive cost and logistical undertaking for local Chapters and their staff. The Kia Canada Special Olympics Mobility Program not only alleviates the challenge of facilitating reliable transportation for our athletes, coaches and volunteers, it also allows our chapters to reallocate costs traditionally associated with transportation directly back into initiatives that benefit our Special Olympics athletes.”