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News | November 1, 2022

Sands China Receives the Special Olympics’ Golisano Health Leadership Award

In September, Sands China was awarded the Golisano Health Leadership Award by the Special Olympics for its long-term sponsorship of the Macau Special Olympics’ Healthy Athletes Program. The Golisano Health Leadership Award is the highest honor the Special Olympics gives to health partners and individuals, and Sands China was one of only seven recipients in 2022.

Sands China co-founded the Healthy Athletes Program with the Macau Special Olympics in 2014 to expand access to health screenings for people with intellectual disabilities. The program aims for early detection of health problems to inform care and treatment decisions. Since its inception, the Healthy Athletes Program has provided more than 5,500 health screenings to more than 500 individuals.

Since 2014, Sands China has contributed more than $200,000 to the Healthy Athletes Program, including a recent donation made in conjunction with 15th anniversary of the opening of The Venetian Macao. In addition to financial contributions, Sands China has provided extensive Team Member volunteer support to the program. Sands Cares Ambassadors, the company’s Team Member volunteer corps, often assist in screening events and other efforts such as the annual Health Check day.

“The long-term partnership with Macau Special Olympics and the Healthy Athletes program is one of our company’s most highly regarded community engagement initiatives,” said Dr. Wilfred Wong, president of Sands China Ltd. “Helping people living with intellectual disabilities achieve their highest potential is one way we contribute to the strength of our community and the well-being of our local residents. This award goes to all of the Team Members who enable the Healthy Athletes Program to make an impact on so many lives.”

Sands China’s support for the Macau Special Olympics goes beyond the Healthy Athletes Program. Since 2005, the company has contributed more than $630,000 to the Macau Special Olympics, combining Healthy Athletes funding and contributions to an emergency fund to address COVID-19 impact. Sands Cares Ambassadors also regularly volunteer to accompany Macau Special Olympics athletes at competitions and other enriching events and activities.

The Special Olympics established the Golisano Leadership Award to recognize local health champions who demonstrate extraordinary efforts toward fulfilling the goals, values and mission of the organization’s global health program, which promotes equal access to healthcare and wellness and fitness for people with intellectual disabilities. Distributed every two years, the Golisano Health Leadership Award was presented to recipients on September 19 at the Golisano Global Inclusion Health Leadership Summit in New York during the United Nations General Assembly.

Sands China’s support for the Macau Special Olympics is part of Sands Cares, the company’s global community engagement program, which aims to keep regions strong through corporate giving, volunteerism and capacity building for local partners and nonprofit organizations.

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Sands China Receives the Golisano Health Leadership Award
Sands Cares Ambassadors support the Macau Special Olympics' Healthy Athletes Program.