Four Special Olympics athletes recently paid a visit to our Valencia, CA headquarters to meet the Scorpion teams that are sponsoring them in their 2017 events, which includes the upcoming 2017 Santa Clarita Valley Regional Spring Games.
During their visit, each athlete sported a bandana of a different color—blue for Scorpion Legal, teal for Scorpion Healthcare, green for Scorpion Home Services, and purple for Scorpion Franchise. The athletes will be wearing these bandanas during their spring games to represent the Scorpion teams. The spring games—which will include basketball, track and field, and bocce events—are being held on May 20, 2017 at Hart High School in Santa Clarita.
The athletes chatted with our employees, talked about their experiences with the Special Olympics, and offered thank you gifts for our sponsorships.
Ashlee’s Story: Finding Strength in Sports
One of the athletes is Ashlee (shown in photo on the right), a 25-year-old from Saugus who has participated in the Special Olympics since she was in the 7th grade. Ashlee told her story, sharing that she suffered from a stroke after her first birthday and from numerous life-threatening seizures over the next several years. At the age of 8, she qualified for brain surgery, which stopped the seizures and improved her mobility. Ashlee now participates in the Special Olympics, with her favorite sport being track and field. Through her sponsorship, she is representing Scorpion Healthcare.
“It has helped me find myself and who I am, pushing me to be a better athlete each time,” Ashlee said of her experience with the Special Olympics. “It has gotten me stronger with my disability on my left side. It pushes me to never give up and to always tell myself that I can do anything, as long as I put my mind to it.”
Support That Goes a Long Way
Gerri McCorkle, Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) and Special Events Manager for the Special Olympics Santa Clarita & Tri-Valley Regions, said Scorpion’s sponsorships go a long way.
“We’re appreciative of Scorpion because these sponsorships allow our athletes to be able to play for free,” she said. “It pays for their transportation, food, and health services when they go to their meets.”
The Santa Clarita & Tri-Valley Regions serves about 1,400 athletes in the Santa Clarita Valley, Antelope Valley, San Fernando Valley, and surrounding areas.
“We are a growing organization because we’re connecting both intellectually and physically disabled athletes. We call it unified sports,” she said.“We reach a lot of ages, from 3 to 80.”
Kylie Patterson, Scorpion’s Director of Public Relations, said the company considers it an honor to support Special Olympics athletes.
“Scorpion has raised money in the past to support the Special Olympics. So when Gerri presented us with the opportunity to sponsor an athlete, it was an easy decision to go for 4!” Kylie said. “The way they enrich the lives of these athletes through sports education is really something that aligns with the values of many of our Scorpions.”
The sponsorships were made on behalf of Scorpion Cares, which is our charitable giving division. Our company and employees love finding ways to make a difference in our local community and in other parts of the country.
Click on the Scorpion Cares tab below to learn more about what we do to lend a helping hand.
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Jessica Vernabe is a content specialist at Scorpion. She writes content that educates businesses about digital marketing best practices so they can improve their online presence and attract more customers. She also writes about the latest Scorpion news.
Jessica has a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Southern California and a bachelor’s degree in creative writing from the University of California, Riverside. When she is not working, she enjoys reading, salsa dancing, crafting, and spending time with her husband and dog, Dexter.