'Inclusion Revolution' Takes Center Stage - United Hub

‘Inclusion Revolution’ takes center stage

By The Hub team

As the official airline sponsor of this celebration, we hosted a tent at the event, where more than 50 employee volunteers welcomed festivalgoers with giveaways, a digital photo booth and a message board where you could post an inspirational message for Special Olympics athletes. Those who stopped by the tent also had the opportunity to take photos with three Special Olympics athletes from our Superheroes ad campaign — Nikki Jones (aka Lane Lightening), Novie Craven (aka Bocce Boss) and Michael Schmidt (aka Super Hooper). The full-day event at Soldier Field also offered family-friendly activities, including sports, rides and games, exhibits, food and live entertainment.

It was so fun to see the faces of the athletes when we gave them the United Special Olympics pins, said Marketing Operations Program Manager Kathy Shrode, who volunteered at the event. "They were so thankful and you know they were going to treasure it."

Aerial view of United's tent at the Day of Inclusion events

The excitement continued into the night at the Global Day of Inclusion Celebration Concert, featuring performances by Chance the Rapper, Usher, Smokey Robinson and more. We also received a spotlight as our CEO, Oscar Munoz, took the stage to say a few words on behalf of the company.

You're here to be part of something much bigger, much more human, much more connected. You're clearly building a world that's united. Thank you so much, all of you, for being part of this, enjoy the rest of your night, enjoy the celebration, said Oscar, who was joined on stage by Bree Bogucki, a Special Olympics Illinois ambassador and athlete.

Oscar at the photo booth tent with festivalgoers

Chicago O'Hare based First Officer Gerald Boeckmann was one of five employees who were selected to be part of the anniversary celebration. Gerald's 17-year-old son Noah has Down Syndrome and has been a Special Olympics athlete for the last eight years, competing in various sports. Special Olympics is very important not only to Noah but also to his two sisters and Gerald.

It's exhilarating to be a part of this, and, when I was notified that we were one of the families to be selected, the kids were jumping off the floor, said Gerald. "I give credit to all the volunteers and caretakers who work with kids with special needs, and I thank Oscar and United for bringing all of us together."

Special Olympics launched its mission at Soldier Field in 1968 and has since grown to involve 4.5 million athletes from over 170 countries.

United cargo-only flights transport critical goods

By The Hub team

When the pandemic began, United Cargo knew it would be critical to utilize its fleet, network and industry-leading pharmaceutical handling processes to transport a COVID-19 vaccine when the time came.

Connecting vaccines to the world: United responds to mass distribution effort

December 22, 2020

On November 27, United Airlines became the first commercial airline to safely deliver the first batch of Pfizer and BioNTech's COVID-19 vaccine into the U.S. thanks to a coordinated effort between United's cargo, safety, technical operations, flight operations, regulatory and legal teams.

Now as the entire shipping and logistics industry bands together to widely distribute vaccines, United is leveraging all of its flights, including cargo-only and those carrying passengers, to transport millions of vaccines to destinations throughout our network, including Honolulu, Guam and Saipan – the first of any carrier to do so.

United Raises Miles for Dozens of Non-Profits that Rely on Travel

Airline and its customers use crowdsourcing platform - Miles on a Mission - to donate more than 11 million miles for charities like the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, College to Congress and Compass to Care
By United Newsroom, December 01, 2020

CHICAGO, Dec. 1, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- United is inviting MileagePlus members to give back on Giving Tuesday and throughout the holiday season by donating miles to nearly 40 non-profits through United Airlines' crowdsourcing platform, Miles on a Mission. Non-profits like Thurgood Marshall College Fund, College to Congress and Compass to Care are attempting to raise a total of more than 11 million miles to be used for travel for life-saving health care, continued education, humanitarian aid and more. United will match the first 125,000 miles raised for each of these organizations to help ensure they meet their goals.

United Raises Miles for Dozens of Non-Profits that Rely on Travel

Why we fly

By The Hub team, November 27, 2020

In October 2019, we launched a first-of-its-kind airline miles donation platform, Miles on a Mission. In the inaugural year, MileagePlus members donated over 70 million miles, with United matching over 20 million miles, to 51 organizations. These miles have allowed for these organizations to do important, life-changing, life-saving work in the communities we serve around the globe.

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