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Special Olympics Coach Wins UPS Community Service Award

Submitted by: UPS

Categories: Philanthropy & Corporate Contributions, Volunteerism

Posted: Feb 11, 2009 – 09:00 AM EST


Global Honor Extended to Richard Koch of Richmond

Feb. 11 /CSRwire/ - ATLANTA, Feb. 11, 2009 - UPS (NYSE: UPS) has awarded Richard Koch of Richmond, Va., the Jim Casey Community Service Award, the company's top honor worldwide for community service.

The award recognizes Koch, who is director of accounting operations for UPS Freight, for his long-standing commitment to coaching and serving as tournament director for Special Olympics Virginia in the Richmond metropolitan area. Koch also developed the Manchester Invitational Basketball Tournament, the largest tournament for Special Olympics in the state of Virginia conducted entirely by volunteers. He further uses his accounting skills to help strengthen the agency’s management and fund-raising capacity.

The Jim Casey Community Service Award winner is chosen annually from nominations solicited from UPS's 425,000 employees. The Casey Award was created to recognize outstanding community service, a hallmark of UPS's corporate legacy and commitment to social responsibility.

Koch is known throughout the community as not only a great coach, but also a mentor and even a father figure to athletes in Special Olympics Virginia.

"When I step onto the field, I'm teaching athletes basic skills," Koch said. "But these athletes are learning so much more than how to throw a ball or swing a bat. They are gaining confidence, picking up life lessons and improving their social skills, all while developing a love for a sport."

The inspiration behind Koch's 12-year commitment to Special Olympics is his own son. As the parent of a special needs child, he realized that without Special Olympics, many social, recreational and competitive athletic events would not be available to his son and other people in the community. Koch saw the need and now is devoting, on average, 68 hours per month to satisfy it.

"Richard's dedication to Special Olympics and sincere care for the athletes truly reflects the spirit of the award and UPS's culture of community involvement," observed UPS Chairman and CEO Scott Davis. "He serves as a teacher to athletes, a leader to fellow employees, a resource to Special Olympics parents and an inspiration to us all."

Jack Holmes, president of UPS Freight, presented Koch with the award at UPS Freight in Richmond this past Monday. Later this month, Davis will honor Koch's achievement at an employee event at UPS's headquarters in Atlanta.

Founded in 1951 and based in Atlanta, Ga., The UPS Foundation's major areas of focus include community safety, nonprofit effectiveness, economic and global literacy, environmental sustainability and diversity. The UPS Foundation pursues these initiatives by identifying specific projects where its support can help produce a measurable social impact. In 2008, The UPS Foundation donated more than $46 million to charitable organizations worldwide. Since 1999, The UPS Foundation has given nearly $2.3 million to the Special Olympics including more than $220,000 last year. Visit community.ups.com for more information about UPS's community involvement.

For more information, please contact:

Rebecca Treacy-Lenda UPS
Phone: 404-828-8396
Amy Bradshaw Fleishman-Hillard
Phone: 314-982-0565

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