Finish Line Employees to Volunteer at Special Olympics Indiana Summer Games

  Finish Line Employees to Volunteer at Special Olympics Indiana Summer Games

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INDIANAPOLIS -- May 30, 2012

Building on the recent announcement of its new partnership with Special
Olympics, The Finish Line, Inc. (NASDAQ: FINL) and its Finish Line Youth
Foundation announced today that more than 200 Finish Line employees from
Indiana will volunteer onsite June 1 at the Special Olympics Indiana Summer

On June 1, at Indiana State University, Finish Line employees will assist by
activating and leading Special Olympics athletes through the new TRAIN program
onsite at the Summer Games. Finish Line is serving as the first national
sponsor of Special Olympics’ new TRAIN program—a first of its kind sports
assessment and nutrition education program designed to help athletes stay
active, stay healthy, and achieve their personal best. June 1 marks the first
time Special Olympics athletes will experience the TRAIN program at the
Indiana Summer Games.

“Finish Line is about celebrating the everyday achievements of athletes
everywhere, and I can’t think of a better opportunity for our employees to put
that into practice than on the playing field at the Special Olympics Indiana
Summer Games,” said Finish Line Youth Foundation Executive Director Marty
Posch. “Our employees are passionate about staying active and making a
difference and this is the perfect opportunity to blend those two interests
and make a difference in the lives of these incredible Special Olympics

Mike Furnish, President and CEO of Special Olympics Indiana, believes the
partnership with Finish Line is unique.

“Special Olympics Indiana has never had a sponsor like Finish Line, with
employees so focused on getting involved as volunteers,” said Furnish. “We
expect this partnership to set a new standard for ways a corporation can make
a difference in their community.”

TRAIN-Special Olympics’ First National Effort to Collect and Track Data on
Sports Skills among Those with Intellectual Disabilities

TRAIN (Testing Recreational Activities and Improving Nutrition) is a new
sports assessment and nutrition education program developed by Special
Olympics as one response to the fact that individuals with intellectual
disabilities are more likely to develop a sedentary lifestyle, yet have the
same fitness capacities and needs as those without a disability. A TRAIN
assessment takes place when Special Olympics athletes complete a variety of
fun physical fitness challenges at designated stations, such as the 10-meter
run, the vertical leap, and balance test. Each athlete’s results are captured
and entered into a specially-designed computer program, which produces a
report highlighting the strongest skills and pinpointing which sports the
athlete may be most successful pursuing as well as skills that could be
improved through regular, at-home exercise. The program also tracks data on
each athlete to illustrate progress over time. TRAIN is the first
comprehensive program Special Olympics has ever used to collect and track data
on sports readiness skills among individuals with intellectual disabilities.
Special Olympics is using the data from TRAIN events to develop new scientific
norms and better advice for Special Olympics athletes and coaches as they work
toward being more successful in their sport as well as more fit and healthy

About The Finish Line, Inc.

The Finish Line, Inc. is a premium retailer of athletic shoes, apparel and
accessories. Based in Indianapolis, Finish Line has more than 639 stores in
malls across the United States, employing more than 11,000 associates who help
customers every day connect with their sport, their life and their style.
Online shopping is available at and mobile shopping is
available at Follow Finish Line on Twitter at and “like” Finish Line on Facebook at

The company also operates, through a venture with Gart Capital Partners, the
Running Specialty Group, which has 19 specialty running shops in seven states,
and the District of Columbia under The Running Company banner. More
information is available at

About The Finish Line Youth Foundation

Finish Line Youth Foundation, a not-for-profit organization, provides
financial support for community-based youth athletic programs and camps for
disadvantaged and special needs children across the United States. Since its
inception in 1998, the Finish Line Youth Foundation—the philanthropic outlet
for Finish Line—has helped build a legacy for all Finish Line employees and
makes a difference for young people in the communities it serves. Throughout
the past 14 years, the Finish Line Youth Foundation has granted more than $4.5
million to not-for-profit organizations that support its mission.

About Special Olympics

Special Olympics is an international organization that changes lives through
the power of sport by encouraging and empowering people with intellectual
disabilities, promoting acceptance for all, and fostering communities of
understanding and respect worldwide. Founded in 1968 by Eunice Kennedy
Shriver, the Special Olympics movement has grown from a few hundred athletes
to nearly 4 million athletes in over 170 countries in all regions of the
world, providing year-round sports training, athletic competition and other
related programs. Special Olympics now takes place every day, changing the
lives of people with intellectual disabilities all over the world, from
community playgrounds and ball fields in every small neighborhood’s backyard
to World Games. Special Olympics provides people with intellectual
disabilities continuing opportunities to realize their potential, develop
physical fitness, demonstrate courage, and experience joy and friendship.
Special Olympics continues to grow thanks in part to the support of global
corporate sponsors including The Coca-Cola Company, Procter & Gamble, Hilton
Worldwide, Mattel and Lions Club International. Visit Special Olympics at Engage with us on: Twitter @specialolympics;;, and

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Finish Line
Alex Yovanovich, 317-613-6714
Special Olympics Indiana
Mike Furnish, 317-328-2010
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