Special Olympics athletes in Ottawa and Allegan counties in Michigan have something to celebrate—a new mini-van to take them to and from events.
State Farm Insurance and Auto Body Xperts presented the Special Olympians with a 2009 Toyota Sienna van. It replaces a 1997 van which had been used to transport athletes around the state. Now Special Olympics Area 12 can focus its resources on other ways to help the athletes.
“A program like this would cost us twenty thousand dollars or more, that we can now use for taking our athletes to events and to buying equipment that we need to provide programming for our athletes,” says area director Mark Dalman.
State Farm donated the van after it was involved in an accident while Auto Body Xperts repaired the vehicle free of charge, making it as good as new.
The parts and paint were provided by LKQ Industries of West Michigan and PPG Industries.