Microsoft confirms support with Special Olympics Ghana

Monday 13th March , 2017 12:10 pm
Picture Caption:
Left - Mr Emmanuel Kobina Baidoo, Middle - Derek Appiah, Microsoft Country Manager and Right - Isaac Otchere, member of the Ghana Special Olympics team
Picture Caption: Left - Mr Emmanuel Kobina Baidoo, Middle - Derek Appiah, Microsoft Country Manager and Right - Isaac Otchere, member of the Ghana Special Olympics team

Nairobi, 10th March 2017 – Today, Microsoft announced that it will provide support to Mr. Isaac Otchere, a member of Special Olympics Ghana’s team.

This will be done under the ambit of the Mission 3000 challenge -a Special Olympics initiative to support athletes competing in the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games in Austria.

The Microsoft team is honoured to support Isaac as Microsoft’s sponsored athlete from Ghana.  Mr. Otchere joins 29 other athletes around the world who Microsoft is sponsoring through the Mission 3000 challenge.

“Mr. Otchere has established himself as a Floorball athlete and has been involved with Special Olympics for the last four years,” said Derek Appiah, Microsoft Country Manager for Ghana.

In 2015, Microsoft and Special Olympics successfully migrated the organization’s Games Management System (GMS) to the cloud for the Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles.

It marked the first time in the organization’s nearly 50 year history that it was able to manage the system in a centralized cloud from a single data set (6500 athletes in 15 different venues over 10 days of competition

Microsoft will continue to support Special Olympics through technology by providing hardware and software to run operations for the World Winter Games.

Microsoft’s mission is about allowing people to achieve more. In support of the Special Olympics World Winter Games, Microsoft is glad to be part of developing a better world by stimulating the acceptance and inclusion of all people.

This program presents a grand opportunity to get involved, help cheer on local Special Olympics athletes and amplify their story in Ghana and across the continent.

Speaking during the sendoff party for Otchere at the Microsoft Ghana office, Derek said, “At Microsoft, we believe diversity makes our work and communities stronger.

That’s why we are proud to support Special Olympics and their athletes in the pursuit of their passions in sport and beyond in the lead-up to the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games in Austria.”

“Isaac, we are excited to support you and look forward to engaging you and the Special Olympics team on this journey to the 2017 World Winter Games in Austria. “ Added Derek.

“We are proud of our association with Microsoft for the special Olympics 2017. The support they have given the team goes a long way to show that diversity and inclusion should be part of any organization that considers itself progressive.

We shall continue to cultivate this relationship to ensure that we prosper together and jointly support the development of the special Olympics not only in Ghana but globally” , said Kobina Baidoo, National Director, Special Olympics Ghana.

About Microsoft

Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT” @microsoft) is the leading platform and productivity company for the mobile-first, cloud-first world, and its mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.

About Microsoft and Special Olympics

Dedication to sport is only a part of the story. It’s through the joy of sport, that Special Olympics transforms lives, creating inclusive communities around the world by giving 5.3 million athletes and Unified partners (people without intellectual disabilities) a stage to shine and display their abilities.

That stage has been built by thousands of staff and volunteers who dedicate their time working behind the scenes to coach athletes and coordinate the 108,000 sporting events the non-profit runs globally each year.

In 2014, Microsoft joined these supporters, launching a global partnership with Special Olympics aimed at empowering the organization and its athletes through technology on and off the field. Click here for original partnership announcement.

The partnership with Microsoft helps Special Olympics with the way it connects and manages its 220 global programs across 169 countries and fulfill its mission: to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in over 30 Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

About Special Olympics World Winter Games Austria 2017

Every two years, Special Olympics holds its flagship event, the World Games, demonstrating sports excellence, which promotes equality, respect and inclusion for people with intellectual disabilities around the world.

Transcending the boundaries of geography, nationality, political philosophy, gender, age, culture and religion, the world will come together to celebrate inclusion around the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games in Graz, Schladming, Rohrmoos and Ramsau, Austria 14 March – 25 March 2017. Nearly 2,700 athletes and 1,000 coaches representing 107 countries, along with 10,000 volunteers and thousands more spectators, will participate in and watch exciting sports and community events.

This is the second time Austria has hosted the World Winter Games, having also staged the event in 1993. Sports featured are Alpine Skiing, Cross Country Skiing, Figure Skating, Speed Skating, Floor Hockey, Floorball, Snowboarding, Snowshoeing, and Stick Shooting.

Special Olympics World Winter Games Austria 2017 sponsors include: Energie Netze, Audi, Special Olympics Founding Partner Coca-Cola, Uniqa and Official Technology Partner Microsoft.  ESPN is the official Broadcast Partner for the Games.  

For more information on the 2017 Special Olympics World Games, including volunteer, sponsorship opportunities and the complete list of sponsors, visit and on social on Facebook, and Twitter.




Source: Microsoft Ghana