Staples marks occasion with up to $15,000 donation to assist elite
CHULA VISTA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jun. 13, 2012--
The United States Olympic Committee’s newest Team USA Shop celebrates
its grand opening today with an official “ribbon shredding” ceremony at
the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif. This is the
second physical retail location for Team USA Shop – the other is located
at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.
More than 100 Team USA products are available starting today at the new Team USA Shop grand opening. The shop is supplied and managed by Staples Promotional Products, an official premium licensee of the U.S. Olympic Committee. (Photo: Business Wire)
Staples is helping the USOC celebrate the store’s opening with a
donation of up to $15,000 to the “Raise
Our Flag” campaign, a program that allows supporters to purchase
stitches in the U.S. flag that will accompany the U.S. Olympic Team at
this summer’s London 2012 Games. Unlike athletes from other countries,
U.S. Olympic athletes receive no government funding, making this program
an essential tool for funding the team and giving fans a way to become a
part of the “Team Behind the Team.”
Additionally, proceeds from Team USA Shop sales go directly to
supporting U.S. athletes, and Staples
Promotional Products, the largest promotional product distributor in
North America and a business division of Staples
Advantage, manages both retail locations as well as TeamUSAShop.com
for the USOC, which is proud to accept only Visa for the purchase of all
official Team USA merchandise. Staples Promotional Products also manages
co-branded Olympic campaigns for more than 70 percent of all domestic
and worldwide sponsors of the USOC.
“Staples is committed to helping the USOC raise funds for U.S. athletes
not only through our donation to Raise Our Flag and our work with USOC
sponsors, but primarily through the management of Team USA Shops,” said
Staples Promotional Products Vice President and General Manager Rich
Witaszak. “As U.S. athletes prepare for London and beyond, we’ll
continue to provide gold-medal service at the Team USA Shops and to USOC
Beginning at 1:45 p.m., London 2012 U.S. Olympic BMX qualifier Arielle
Martin will join USOC CEO Scott Blackmun and Witaszak for a
“ribbon-shredding” ceremony to open the new Team USA Shop and kick-off a
Foursquare check-in campaign which will help drive part of the $15,000
donation from Staples.
For every visitor who uses Foursquare to check-in to the Team USA store
in Chula Vista, its sister store in Colorado Springs or at one of 1,500
Staples stores nationwide, Staples will contribute one dollar to the
Raise Our Flag campaign. The program will run from June 13-July 12, or
until it reaches $10,008 – the equivalent of 834 flag stitches, which
are $12 each. In addition, Staples will make a $5,004 direct donation to
the campaign (417 stitches) at the Chula Vista store’s opening event.
“The USOC thanks Staples Promotional Products for its commitment to
providing excellent service to Team USA Shop and for going above and
beyond in its donation to the Raise Our Flag program,” said USOC
Managing Director of Consumer Products and Licensing Peter Zeytoonjian.
“We’re thrilled to have a presence in Chula Vista and believe the new
store and its products will help Americans show their pride for Team USA
and, in turn, help fund the training of U.S. athletes.”
Images and video from the event will be available for download online in
News Center following the event.
Team USA Store
2800 Olympic Parkway
Chula Vista, CA 91915
Team USA Shop Hours
Saturday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
About Staples Advantage
Staples Advantage, the business-to-business division of Staples, Inc.
(Nasdaq: SPLS), serves organizations of 20 or more employees up to the
Fortune 1000, including global businesses, local, state and federal
government, healthcare organizations and educational institutions. The
Staples Advantage one source solution includes comprehensive products
and services from office supplies, technology and printing to
promotional products, furniture and facility supplies. Dedicated to
providing organizations with greater cost savings and improved ordering
efficiencies, Staples Advantage provides a customized level of account
support and best-in-class customer service. More information is
available at http://www.staplesadvantage.com/.
Staples is the world’s largest office products company and a trusted
source for office solutions. The company provides products, services and
expertise in office supplies, copy & print, technology, facilities and
breakroom, and furniture. Staples invented the office superstore concept
in 1986 and now has annual sales of $25 billion, ranking second in the
world in eCommerce sales. With 88,000 associates worldwide, Staples
operates in 26 countries throughout North and South America, Europe,
Asia and Australia, making it easy for businesses of all sizes, and
consumers. The company is headquartered outside Boston. More information
about Staples (Nasdaq: SPLS) is available at www.staples.com/media.
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About the USOC
Founded in 1894 and headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colo., the U.S.
Olympic Committee serves as both the National Olympic Committee and
National Paralympic Committee for the United States. As such, the USOC
is responsible for the training, entering and funding of U.S. teams for
the Olympic, Paralympic, Youth Olympic, Pan American and Parapan
American Games, while serving as a steward of the Olympic and Paralympic
Movements throughout the country. For more information, visit
TeamUSA.org.Follow the USOC on TeamUSA.org,
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