Special Olympics Celebrity Winterfest for Eighth Year
Employees Support Athletes by Joining a Three-Day Celebration of Dedication and Courage
WESTFORD, Mass., – 12. März 2015 – NetScout® Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTCT), a market leader in application and network performance management solutions, today announced that the company will participate in the 18th annual Blazent Celebrity Winterfest, which is taking place March 13-15 on the slopes of Diamond Peak Ski Resort at Lake Tahoe. This year marks the fifth consecutive year that NetScout is sponsoring the “Let the Games Begin” Welcome Reception, which will be held on Friday, March 13, from 7:00–11:00 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Resort in Incline Village, Nevada. Last year’s event generated over $216.000 to provide funding for the 6.500 special education student athletes who receive sports training in the classroom through the Special Olympics Northern California and Nevada’s Schools Partnership Program.
The main event of Celebrity Winterfest kicks off on Saturday, March 14, with the Corporate Ski Challenge. For this event, NetScout is sponsoring a team of eight skiers, one celebrity and one Special Olympics athlete to raise funds and increase awareness of the mission of Special Olympics Northern California.
“We look forward to sponsoring this event every year because it directly benefits special education students and promotes diversity among mentors, student coaches and peers,” said Ken Boyd, chief information officer and senior vice president of services at NetScout and a board member of Special Olympics Northern California. “Each year we return and get to witness these athletes’ astounding physical and personal growth. We look forward to experiencing the inspirational competition at this year’s event.”
Celebrities currently confirmed to participate in Celebrity Winterfest include Tim Abell (CSI franchise, We Were Soldiers), Mike Buie (Next 3 Days, Mystery, Alaska), Laura Kai Chen (Her, Days of Our Lives), Tanya Clarke (A Beautiful Mind), Juliette Goodrich (KPIX, CBS 5‐San Francisco), Thyme Lewis (Days of Our Lives), Frank Mallicoat (KPIX, CBS 5‐San Francisco), Justin Melvey (Home and Away, Days of Our Lives), Kevin Railsback (Jake Squared, Humbug, Hart of Dixie) and John J. Vogel (The Mix Masters).
The Special Olympics Northern California and Nevada’s Schools Partnership Program gives athletes continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in sharing gifts, skills and friendship with families, other athletes and the community. From the Oregon border to Monterey and Tulare counties, nearly 17.000 athletes along with nearly 18.000 volunteers have the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of sports training and competitions that take place throughout the year.
About Special Olympics Northern California and Nevada
Special Olympics Northern California and Nevada provides a free year-round sports training and competition program for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Almost 19.000 children and adults with intellectual disabilities compete in 173 competitions throughout the regions in 12 sports. This requires the extraordinary support and time of 17.600 volunteers and volunteer coaches. Financial support comes almost exclusively from individuals, organizations, corporations and foundations. For more information, visit www.SONC.org for Special Olympics Northern California and www.SONV.org for Nevada.
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