ENERGIE AG BOHEMIA is a strong and stable partner of towns and municipalities in the South Bohemia Region. The company's long-term commitment is to help in the regions where it operates. "This makes great sense to us and fulfils our corporate message. Supporting sports for the disabled helps to break down the myths and prejudices that accompany them. And also their integration into mainstream life. The joy that the competition brings to the youngsters is also important to us. That is why we have decided to support the Winter Games as a general partner," said Pavel Linzer, Managing Director of ENERGIE AG BOHEMIA.
To this end, representatives of ENERGIE AG BOHEMIA and Emil's Sport, which has long been involved in supporting sports for disabled youth, met in České Budějovice on Wednesday 11 January 2023. "Great news, we have a strong general partner and we hope nothing will stop the first Emil Open Winter Games for disabled youth. Twice the sports games have been thwarted by coronavirus. We realize what sport means to all of us and how much it helps our disabled friends," said Pavel Zbožínek, President of the Emil Open Organizing Committee.
The pilot project of the Winter Games for Disabled Youth will be held for the first time and has the ambition to become an event with a global reach, with young disabled athletes from all over the world taking part. However, ENERGIE AG BOHEMIA's cooperation with the Emil Open does not end with the Winter Games; the company is also considering supporting the summer part of the Games. "We help and educate, we behave responsibly for the future, which is in keeping with the nature of our business. As a strategic partner of the Emil Open, we will help young people with disabilities who are starting to play sports or who are still playing sports recreationally to meet their sports role models in the big sports world and to strengthen their sports habits," concluded Ivan Kafka, Head of Marketing and Communications at ENERGIE AG BOHEMIA.
ENERGIE AG BOHEMIA is a strong and stable company that supplies drinking water and heat to almost one million inhabitants of the Czech Republic. It is socially responsible and sees the need to support disabled youth in their integration into society. The Water segment, organised in ENERGIE AG BOHEMIA, provides its services to more than 800 towns and municipalities in the Czech Republic, for which it not only supplies drinking water and wastewater disposal, but also design, laboratory analysis, smartmetering and other activities.
Emilova sportovní, z.s. is an association founded by the Emil Foundation to support the development of physical activities of the public and people with disabilities, organizing sports events and establishing sports clubs.
The V4 Winter Games Emil Open is an international sports and social event for children and young people with disabilities aged 10 to 26. With the expected number of participants, the international concept, the range of sports activities and the accompanying and cultural programme, it is a unique event in Europe.
The event follows the successful previous editions of the Summer Games for disabled youth in Brno. EMIL OPEN wants to give young disabled people the same chance as everyone else. Only in this way will they understand that real effort and determination are meaningful and will be supported. Thanks to the Games, they will get the opportunity to play sports with the majority youth, make new friends and together contribute to the elimination of unnecessary prejudices and mutual shyness.