The platinum sponsor of Special Olympics Ireland, Gala Retail, recently launched Team Ireland’s female basketball team’s supporters’ kit.
At the unveiling of the kits – ahead of the Special Olympics World Summer Games in Berlin – Gala Retail took the opportunity to gift family and friends of the team members new supporter merchandise.
This year, outside of Germany, Ireland is the country with the largest delegation – now surpassing 500 – and partner Gala Retail has gifted almost 1,500 pieces of official supporters’ merchandise to friends and family of the athletes who will be representing their country from 17 to 25 June.
Gala representatives joined Special Olympics Ireland CEO Matt English and members of Team Ireland to launch the supporters’ kits and present them to family and friends, with the help of the Irish female basketball team heading to the games.
Speaking at the launch, English said, “Special Olympics Ireland has a strong legacy on the world stage, going back to the 1980s.
“Since the country hosted the Special Olympics World Summer Games in 2003, we have become famous worldwide for our warm-hearted welcome and enthusiastic support, with large groups of volunteers and supporters traveling all over the globe to support Team Ireland.”
In addition to kitting out volunteers, family and friends, the Gala Group’s sponsorship will help to fund the travel and participation of the delegation of Irish athletes who are travelling to Berlin to represent their country.
Throughout the duration of the games, Gala Retail will be capturing #GalaSpecialMoments therein, sharing the experience of the athletes and supporters through a series of short clips and videos that will feature on the Gala Retail social-media platforms.
Eighth Year As Platinum Partner
This year marks Gala’s eighth year as a platinum partner of Special Olympics Ireland.
Commenting on the partnership, the CEO of Gala Retail, Gary Desmond, said, “Over the past eight years, our partnership and our relationship with Special Olympics Ireland has grown significantly.
“During that time, many members of the Gala Group – from the management team to wholesalers and retailers – have attended Special Olympics events, meeting the athletes and volunteers, and forging relationships with the team behind Special Olympics Ireland.”