Our drivers around the country get involved with “their” kids and their communities, organizing school sponsorships, holding fundraisers and toy drives, raising money for scholarships, donating field-trip service, and more.
In 1996, National Express School (NEXS) adopted Special Olympics as its number one charitable cause.
As an expert provider of special needs transportation for more than 100 years, we have seen first-hand the positive impact Special Olympics makes on children with special needs. We care for more than 28,000 children with special needs in California alone, and are proud to be the official Transportation Sponsor for the Special Olympics Summer Games in California and Texas, as well as a Gold Medal Sponsor in California, Texas and Washington. We are the only school bus contractor to support Special Olympics so extensively—through corporate donations, employee volunteering efforts, and in-kind contributions.
We wanted to support a cause that has a proven track record of helping “our kids.” By making Special Olympics our number one community project, our employees can become even more involved in the communities they serve.
Polar Plunge for Special Olympics
Our involvement with the Polar Plunge for Special Olympics began as a friendly bet between two National Express School employees. We helped to sponsor the event and donated five buses, and also supported the employees who decided to brave the cold and plunge into the icy waters of Lake Michigan. Every year since, with the help of both corporate and operations’ supporters, NEXS has provided bus transportation and participated in the Polar Plunge.
Special Olympics’ Illinois Windy City Rubber Duck Derby
Each year, more than 50,000 rubber ducks are pushed off the Columbus Street Bridge into the Chicago River for Special Olympics Illinois Windy City Rubber Ducky Derby. National Express School has participated since the first annual event was held in 2005. Since then, we have sold more than 30,000 rubber ducks—each duck representing a $5 donation to Special Olympics Illinois. National Express has been recognized as the top corporate sales team nearly every year since 2007.