MINI USA Names United States Paralympic Team as Charitable Partner for MINI TAKES THE STATES 2012


A Minimum of $10,000 from MTTS Registration Fee Proceeds Will Be Donated

Woodcliff Lake, NJ – April 3, 2012… In January,MINI USA  announced initial plans for MINI TAKES THE STATES (MTTS) 2012, and  today the company is proud to name the United States Paralympic Team  as the charitable partner for this year’s MTTS rally.

MINI USA Paralympics

A portion  of the proceeds from each $30 participant registration fee will be  donated to the Paralympic Movement, with a minimum of $10,000  earmarked to support the Paralympic athletes who will compete in the  2012 Paralympic Games in London as well as 2016 hopefuls as they train.

Michael Johnston, an athlete in Para-Triathlon, will represent the  United States Olympics Committee for the duration of the partnership,  and will participate in the full MTTS road rally beginning July 4. A  below the knee amputee, Johnston competes in Triathlon (Sprint to  Half-Ironman), Duathlon, Running, Cycling and Swimming, and is a  hopeful competitor to race on behalf of the United States in  Para-triathlon during the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio.

“BMW Group is a Proud Partner of United States Olympic  Committee, and the opportunity for MINI USA to support the Paralympic  athletes who will represent our country during the Paralympic Games  was a natural choice as the MTTS charity partner,” said Jim  McDowell, Vice President MINI USA. “While MTTS is perhaps the  brand’s greatest demonstration of the commitment to the MINI  community, the charitable donation made each year highlights the  importance that MINI and its owners place on supporting the needs of  those in our communities”.

MTTS is the brand’s single biggest road rally, a bi-annual  event with thousands of participants that will kick off in 2012 on the  east coast Wednesday, July 4th and will make the cross-country trek to  the Pacific Ocean concluding on Sunday, July 15th. Each time the event  takes place, a charitable partner is selected to receive a portion of  the proceeds from the registration fees. In addition to the $10,000  minimum that MINI has committed, higher registration numbers will  result in additional funds being contributed to the United States  Olympic Committee. MINI owners and fans who participate in the rally  are also welcome to make individual contributions at hosted activities  along the route.

Registration for 2012 MTTS opens Thursday, April 5. Please click on  to sign up and join a one-in-a-lifetime experience.