In an April campaign hosted by all 119 locations of Fry’s Food Stores in Arizona, residents were encouraged to round up their totals to the nearest dollar in support of Special Olympics Arizona (SOAZ). Through this effort, Fry’s was able to raise more than $65,000, showing not only Fry’s continued support, but also Arizona’s immense generosity and patronage for the organization.

SOAZ hosts a variety of programs that continually sees support from Fry’s Food Stores. Whether it’s their company’s participation in Unified Relay Across America, providing in-kind food and beverages during SOAZ competitions or volunteering at programs, Fry’s Food Stores has been a consistent force behind all that SOAZ is able to accomplish.

The donations raised help SOAZ continue to provide year-round sports training, athletic competition and various support programs for nearly 16,000 athletes. SOAZ’s goal is to empower over 180,000 Arizonans with intellectual disabilities to be healthy, productive and respected members, and with the recent donation, will be able to realize these goals much easier.

These programs include “Healthy Athletes,” a free health-screening initiative which provides on-site medical aid for everything from podiatry to dentistry, “Project UNIFY,” a program that promotes social inclusion for individuals with and without intellectual disabilities through sports, and many more.

“With their support in not only SOAZ events, but also in hosting their own events like Fry’s Fuel of Dreams, Fry’s Food Stores has been an amazing philanthropic presence for our organization,” Special Olympics Arizona CEO Tim Martin said. “Their yearly support on and off the field is something for which we’re immensely grateful.”