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RSM McGladrey Tees Up Support for Special Olympics as the Official Charity of The PGA McGladrey Team Championship.

PINEHURST, N.C., Oct. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- RSM McGladrey, the fifth largest tax, accounting and business consulting firm in the U.S., announces a new partnership with Special Olympics as the official charity of The PGA McGladrey Team Championship.

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The new partnership will support Special Olympics athletes by providing financial support and opportunities for them to enhance their golf game by participating in certain PGA McGladrey Team Championship events throughout the country. The partnership also provides a national charitable organization for RSM McGladrey and creates opportunities for employees and clients to get more involved with the Championship through volunteerism.

"The PGA McGladrey Team Championship is all about the power of teamwork and the idea that you can achieve almost anything if you have the right team," said Steve Tait, president of RSM McGladrey. "We are thrilled that Special Olympics is now part of The PGA McGladrey Team Championship and we look forward to the passion the Special Olympics involvement adds to this great event. Working with Special Olympics further demonstrates the shared values of giving back, the sport of golf and the accounting profession."

The partnership officially launched at the second annual PGA McGladrey Team Championship being held Oct. 20 - 22 at Pinehurst (N.C.) Resort.

"The PGA McGladrey Team Championship will offer our athletes the opportunity to enhance their Special Olympics participation and play golf alongside members of their communities as well as with some of the best athletes in the country," said Bob Gobrecht, Managing Director of Special Olympics North America. "In addition to this being an incredibly exciting opportunity for our athletes, Special Olympics is grateful for the support of RSM McGladrey and for the ongoing relationship with The PGA of America."

A silent auction was conducted on October 19 at The PGA McGladrey Team Championship national finals. During this event, more than 70 collectibles were available for bid, including a signed volleyball by Misty May-Treanor, a Tiger Woods autographed lithograph and a weekend stay and round of golf in Sapphire National, among others. All proceeds raised by the auction will benefit Special Olympics.

Beginning in 2009, The PGA McGladrey Team Championship will donate a portion of every Local Qualifying Event entry fee. During the national finals, the Championship will host a silent auction with donated items from Pinehurst, The PGA of America and Team McGladrey -- PGA TOUR professionals Zach Johnson and Chris DiMarco, and LPGA Tour professional Natalie Gulbis.

PGA McGladrey Team Championship fundraising efforts also will be conducted at Local Qualifying Events nationwide, as well as 41 Section Championships and the National Championship.

In addition, RSM McGladrey will provide Special Olympics athletes the opportunity to participate as golfers and Global Messengers, speaking on behalf of Special Olympics at PGA McGladrey Team events.

"The PGA of America is very proud to welcome Special Olympic athletes into The PGA McGladrey Team Championship, an event that bears the theme -- 'With the right team, anything's possible,'" said PGA of America President Brian Whitcomb. "Our more than 28,000 men and women PGA Professionals have teamed together and embraced the Special Olympics golf program and its many athletes throughout the country. Our member professionals recognize the passion the athletes bring to learning the game of golf, and we can't think of a better match-up than having Special Olympics join us in enhancing The PGA McGladrey Team Championship."

The Special Olympics Golf program is centered on two educational phases designed to encompass all skill levels: learning to swing a golf club and learning to play the game. Athletes may participate in Skills, 9-hole or 18- hole stroke play. Special Olympics athletes can also participate in Unified Sports(R) Golf Team Play. Special Olympics Unified Sports is a program that combines Special Olympics athletes and athletes without intellectual disabilities (partners) on sports teams for training and competition. Golf was introduced as an official Special Olympics sport in 1995. Today approximately 14,000 Special Olympics athletes have chosen to play golf.

The PGA McGladrey Team Championship is The PGA of America's first nationwide grassroots best-ball amateur championship. Debuting in 2007, the championship is a result of a partnership between The PGA of America and RSM McGladrey, the Official Accounting Tax and Business Consulting firm of The PGA of America.

About RSM McGladrey

RSM McGladrey is a leading professional services firm providing accounting, tax and business consulting. RSM McGladrey operates in an alternative practice structure with McGladrey & Pullen LLP, a partner-owned CPA firm that delivers audit and attest services. Through separate and independent legal entities, they work together to serve clients' business needs. Together, the companies rank as the fifth largest U.S. provider of accounting, tax and business consulting services (source: Accounting Today), with 8,000 professionals and associates in nearly 100 offices. RSM McGladrey Inc. and McGladrey & Pullen LLP are member firms of RSM International, an affiliation of independent accounting and consulting firms. RSM McGladrey is the official accounting, tax and business consulting firm of The PGA of America.

About The PGA of America

Since 1916, The PGA of America's mission has been twofold; to establish and elevate the standards of the profession and to grow interest and participation in the game of golf. By establishing and elevating the standards of the golf profession through world-class education, career services, marketing and research programs, the Association enables PGA Professionals to maximize their performance in their respective career paths and showcases them as experts in the game and in the $76 billion golf industry. By creating and delivering dramatic world-class championships and exciting and enjoyable golf promotions that are viewed as the best of their class in the golf industry, The PGA of America elevates the public's interest in the game, the desire to play more golf, and ensures accessibility to the game for everyone, everywhere. The PGA of America brand represents the very best in golf.

About Special Olympics

Special Olympics is an international organization that changes lives by promoting understanding, acceptance and inclusion among people with and without intellectual disabilities. Through year-round sports training and athletic competition and other related programming for 2.8 million children and adults with intellectual disabilities in 180 countries, Special Olympics has created a model community that celebrates people's diverse gifts. Founded in 1968 by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, Special Olympics provides people with intellectual disabilities continuing opportunities to realize their potential, develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage and experience joy and friendship. Visit Special Olympics at http://www.specialolympics.org/.

CONTACT: Betsy Weinberger of RSM McGladrey, +1-980-233-4711, cell, +1-980-939-5426, betsy.weinberger@rsmi.com; or Misty Zelent of Fleishman-Hillard for RSM McGladrey, +1-919-457-0742, cell, +1-512-799-0180, misty.zelent@fleishman.com

Web site: http://www.specialolympics.org/
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