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Ducks Team Up with Special Olympics

by Staff Writer / Anaheim Ducks

The Ducks and American Honda are partnering with Special Olympics Southern California in a philanthropic effort to raise funds for Special Olympics athletes. The club will join American Honda in collectively donating $1,000 for each Anaheim victory throughout the 2008-09 NHL regular season campaign. With five current regular season victories (including a 3-2 win at Columbus last night), Special Olympics has received $5,000 to date. In addition, American Honda will donate a yet-to-be-determined amount at the conclusion of the season based on “Three Stars” points earned by Ducks players.

"We want to thank our partners at American Honda for joining us in this special initiative," said Ducks Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer Bob Wagner. "This season-long effort will directly benefit the athletes of Special Olympics, which makes each Ducks win mean so much more."

American Honda will also participate in the NHL’s “Three Stars” program, donating $100 to Special Olympics Southern California for each point accumulated by the Ducks player with the most Three Stars points at the end of the regular season. Last season’s leader was goaltender J.S. Giguere with 62 points. Players receive three points when named as the First Star, two points when named the Second Star and one point when named the Third Star of the game.

About Special Olympics Southern California
Special Olympics Southern California offers opportunities year-round for children and adults with intellectual disabilities to participate in sports training and competition. 13,000 athletes train and compete in Olympic-type sports. Founded in 1968 by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, Special Olympics provides people with intellectual disabilities continuing opportunities to develop fitness, demonstrate courage and experience joy as they participate in the sharing of gifts and friendship with other athletes, their families and the community.

About American Honda
Honda began operations in the U.S. in 1959 with the establishment of American Honda Motor Co., Inc., Honda's first overseas subsidiary. Honda began U.S. production in Ohio in 1979, and began U.S. automobile production in 1982 at its Marysville, Ohio, auto plant. The company has invested more than $10.6 billion in its North America operations, including 16 major manufacturing facilities employing more than 35,000 associates and producing more than 2 million products annually, including Honda and Acura automobiles as well as motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles, personal watercraft, lawn mowers, general-purpose engines, and other power equipment products. Honda currently partners with more than 650 North American suppliers and purchased more than $18.8 billion in parts and materials from North American suppliers in 2007. American Honda has been a sponsor of the Special Olympics Southern California Summer Games since 1997.

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