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SCHAUMBURG, IL (July 18, 2014)Assurance, an independent insurance brokerage with offices near Chicago and St. Louis, continued its commitment to giving on July 9, 2014, when a number of employees spent their work day volunteering with Special Olympics Illinois. This is the tenth year Assurance volunteers have assisted the organization. 

Through programming in sports, health, education and community building, Special Olympics Illinois is changing the lives of people with intellectual disabilities. The organization provides opportunities for more than 21,000 athletes, 40,000 volunteers and thousands more people statewide through 18 area programs in all 102 counties of the state. 

The volunteer opportunity is one of 18 similar events scheduled for 2014, where Assurance employees donate their time to deserving nonprofit organizations. All volunteer days are organized by the company’s employee-driven charitable foundation Assurance Caring Together (ACT).  

Assurance employees were assigned to various tennis courts at Riis Park in Chicago. Each court had a different skill set for the athlete to accomplish. There were three volunteers – one to keep score, another to toss the ball or direct the athlete with the skill and one to retrieve the tennis balls. Volunteers took turns with each assignment. At the end of the day, over 100 Special Olympic athletes completed their tennis skills and an awards ceremony was held. Assurance employees announced the winners and then passed out medals to the athletes. 

“Being able to help out several different groups with their tennis skills was amazing. There were so many participants who received a gold medal because of their scores,” said Alexis Awe, Senior Client Service Representative at Assurance. She continued, “It was great to see the excitement on their faces.” 

Under the motto “We Can Be Heroes”, Assurance employees have donated over 14,500 labor hours in a nine year span through volunteer opportunities organized by ACT. If you or your business would like to volunteer with Special Olympics Illinois, please visit http://www.soill.org.