Special Olympics Florida and Publix Super Markets kick off 2021 with Signature Torch Icon Campaign

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ORLANDO — As we head into a new year, Special Olympics Florida is teaming up with Publix Super Markets for its annual Torch Icon Campaign. This signature event, held through Jan.18, unites Publix associates, customers and local communities in an effort to support thousands of Special Olympics athletes and their families.

For decades, Special Olympics has changed the lives of people with intellectual disabilities through year-round sports training and competition, critical health services, leadership development and inclusive programs.

Running through Jan. 18, customers who visit their local  Publix can help support their state athletes with a simple donation. All donors will receive over $10 in coupon savings, including exclusive savings on Procter & Gamble brands like Pampers, Luvs, Olay, Gillette, Secret, Old Spice, Always, Tampax and Vicks. Donations can be made at the register during check out for as little as $1 or a specific desired amount.

“We are incredibly grateful to Publix and its customers for the tremendous generosity they show our athletes each year during the Torch Icon Campaign,” said Special Olympics Florida President and CEO Sherry Wheelock. “Their kindness creates wonderful, life-changing opportunities for people with intellectual disabilities both on and off the field. We are honored to have their support and thrilled that they have embraced our mission.” 

“At Publix, our mission is to be involved as responsible citizens within our communities,” said Dwaine Stevens, Publix director of community relations. “Our support of Special Olympics began more than 40 years ago, recognizing their impact as a means to build strong communities then, and this legacy continues today as we are proud to be an employer of choice among more than 800 Special Olympic athletes across our seven-state operating area. We offer our athletes more than just a job – we offer a fulfilling career and an extension of family. We are proud to join our communities in doing good together.”