A wonderful relationship has developed over the last few years between Rogers Corporation and the Quinebaug Valley Special Olympics.  Through events like the Annual Golf Tournament, dress down days and other fundraising activities, the employees of Rogers Corporation have raised $45,000 for this worthy cause.

Geri White, Head Coach and Coordinator for Quinebaug Valley Special Olympics says, “The generosity of friends like Rogers Corporation are vital to our program and our athletes. She continues, “Our programs run solely on donations and dedicated volunteers. The programs and events we bring to this corner of CT would not survive without the generosity and support of such volunteerism.”

The donations from the Rogers Corporation community have been earmarked towards the ever-growing transportation, equipment and uniform costs.

Special OlympicsAthletes are transported to four major competitions over the course of a year and these costs rise annually.  According to Leo Chatelle, a Rogers Employee and a Special Olympic Volunteer, there are approximately eight sports offered, with a variety of equipment needs and uniforms that frequently need to be replaced.  There are approximately 120 athletes in the area getting support.  “My son is an athlete and I am proud to work with people at a company that will support such an important cause,” said Chatelle.

In addition to giving Rogers Corporation the opportunity to be a good corporate citizen, this relationship also offers employees an opportunity for some bonding at the Annual Golf Tournament.  Not only do Rogers’ employees get to golf with friends and co-workers, but they do so knowing that this event makes a positive impact in the community. The annual event is chaired by employees Brian Litke, Sara Dionne, and Leo Chatelle and is attended by 100 golfers made up of mostly Rogers Employees.  The event is an opportunity for colleagues to get to know one another outside of work, which helps us collaborate better on the job.

Team spirit is a core value for the Special Olympics and is a value that Rogers’ employees identify with. Therefore, this relationship between the two should continue to flourish.


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