Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas), the USA’s largest natural gas distribution utility, is proud to be a sponsor of the 2015 Special Olympics World Games. The utility will have the largest corporate team of “Fans in the Stands” for any single event during the World Games, as well as sponsor the clean and efficient natural gas fuel for 300 buses that will transport athletes and their coaches to the different sporting venues. SoCalGas is also donating more than $100,000.
With 6,500 athletes and 2,000 coaches representing 165 countries, along with 30,000 volunteers and an anticipated 500,000 spectators, the 2015 Special Olympics World Games – being staged in Los Angeles July 25 to August 2, 2015 – is the largest sports and humanitarian event anywhere in the world in 2015, and the single biggest event in Los Angeles since the 1984 Olympic Games.
The natural gas buses used to transport the athletes and their coaches produce 20-30 percent less greenhouse gases than gasoline or diesel-powered vehicles. Clean-burning natural gas buses also produce less noise and have lower emissions. Natural gas is safe and affordable as well. As a pioneer in supporting natural gas vehicle (NGV) technology, SoCalGas actively supports the development of the NGV infrastructure, including refueling facilities. SoCalGas has an extensive NGV support program to provide information, education and support to residential and business customers that use, or would benefit from using, clean-burning natural gas as a transportation fuel.
“Special Olympics exemplifies the spirit of competition and fosters the inclusion of all people,” said Jimmie Cho, senior vice president of gas operations and system integrity at SoCalGas, who is leading SoCalGas’ volunteer and fundraising efforts as executive champion. “We at SoCalGas are passionate about everyone achieving their full potential. The spirit of competition challenges all of us to pursue our best.”