Engel & Völkers Announces Three-Year Partnership With Special Olympics International

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International real estate firm’s sponsorship to benefit the Special Olympics Play Unified Campaign

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Engel & Völkers, a European-based premium real estate brand, announced today a partnership with the Special Olympics as the non-profit’s first cause marketing partner for its Play Unified Campaign. The announcement was made at Engel & Völkers’ annual Exchange event, hosted at the Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa in Las Vegas, Nev.

“Engel &Völkers is proud to be a part of developing the first Unified Generation that will fight inactivity, intolerance and injustice for people with intellectual disabilities,” said CEO of Engel & Völkers North America, Anthony Hitt. “Throughout the duration of our three-year partnership with Special Olympics International, we will be focusing our efforts on the support of the new Play Unified Campaign, which strives to build inclusive communities through sports.”

Engel & Völkers chose Special Olympics as the North American charity of choice due to its aligned brand values of passion and competence, the ability to work with Engel & Völkers on national and local levels, and its outstanding brand awareness and reputation. This sponsorship is the first step in the company’s ongoing commitment with its growing North American network of shops and advisors to help create more respectful communities.

“We are extremely pleased to have found such a great supporter for Special Olympics with Engel & Völkers,” said Kelli Seely, Chief Development Officer, Special Olympics. “As a global organization with extensive reach and expertise in the real estate business, Engel & Völkers brings both a new channel and untapped audience for us to further generate exposure and momentum around our newly launched #PlayUnified campaign, which encourages people with and without intellectual disabilities to play sports together as teammates.”

About Special Olympics

Special Olympics is a global movement that unleashes the human spirit through the transformative power and joy of sports every day around the world. The organization aims to empower people with intellectual disabilities to become accepted and valued members of their communities. The Organization’s Play Unified encourages youth to pick up a ball and invite people with intellectual disabilities into the game in every community across the world. Visit http://www.PlayUnified.org to learn more about this initiative.

About Engel & Völkers

Since its beginning in 1977 as a specialty boutique providing exclusive, high-end real estate services in Hamburg, Germany, Engel & Völkers has become one of the world’s leading companies specializing in the sale and lease of premium residential and commercial property and yachts. Engel & Völkers currently operates a global network of over 5,500 real estate professionals in more than 560 residential brokerages and 65 commercial offices spanning 39 countries across six continents, offering both private and institutional clients a professionally tailored range of luxury services. It established its North America corporate headquarters in 2007 and opened its first brokerage in the same year. Committed to exceptional service, Engel & Völkers supports its advisors with an array of premium quality business services; marketing programs and tools; multiple platforms for mobile, social and web; as well as access to its global network of real estate professionals, property listings and market data. Engel & Völkers is an active supporter of the Fair Housing Act and the Equal Opportunity Act. Each brokerage is independently owned and operated.

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