Orlando, FL. February 20, 2013 - RP Funding was pleased to receive the 2013 Spirit Award from Special Olympics Florida. The Spirit Award recognizes a person and/or business that demonstrates a sustained support of the Special Olympics.

During Special Olympics ROCKS, a rock and roll themed gala that honors Special Olympics athletes, the master of ceremonies commented, "We couldn't do what we do without special partnerships. RP Funding jumped in with both feet. Robert's commitment to Special Olympics is real and it is sincere."

The Spirit Award represents a "spirit" of compassion, determination and commitment in helping the community and changing the lives of others. Matt Levy, Vice President and Resource Development of Special Olympics Florida, stated, "Any non-profit organization would be lucky to have support like Robert Palmer has given to the Special Olympics. Beyond his significant financial contribution, Palmer also volunteers his time. He has even created a culture at work where his staff is also actively involved."

Palmer and his staff are particularly fond of the Special Olympics; however, the President and CEO of RP Funding noted that, at first, he didn't understand the Special Olympics.

"I thought I understood it, but I had no idea. I probably understood just about 1 percent of what this organization was: 'kids with disabilities getting to play sports.' It's so much more than that," he continued. "When I began to talk to the people impacted by Special Olympics, it was as if a light bulb went off! I know this organization is life-changing," Palmer said.

"Special Olympics uses sports as a vehicle, but it's really about competition, accomplishment, success, joy, confidence and fulfillment. Special Olympics is about amazing people seizing the opportunity to compete and proving the world wrong."

In response to the Spirit Award, Palmer says, "Receiving awards is always gratifying. However, receiving the Spirit Award has a special significance to me and my staff. Our time spent with the Special Olympics, is meaningful and as we have gotten to know the athletes it impacts us on a deeper level."

RP Funding intends to maintain their role as active supporters of the Special Olympics. A favorite event of RP Funding is the Polar Plunge, which takes place annually at Sea World. During the statewide Polar Plunge fundraiser, Special Olympics athletes along with teams such as RP Funding, raise money for the organization by dressing up and braving the chilled wave pool.