Home Depot ends Olympics sponsorship programAnybody who spins this badly deserves to to screw themselves. On second thought I'll just take a closer look at those rings.
Thu Jan 8, 2009 3:03pm EST
ATLANTA (Reuters) - Home improvement retailer Home Depot Inc is ending a sponsorship program under which it paid full-time wages and benefits for part-time work to athletes training for the Olympic Games.
The company currently employs 98 people in the Olympic Jobs Opportunities Program, in which it had been a sponsor since 1992.
After March 2, those athletes will no longer receive full-time benefits. They can remain in their part-time jobs, apply for full-time positions, or discontinue their employment at Home Depot.
"We feel the time has come to look at new ways to enhance our brand and provide exciting, new programs that appeal to our customers and associates," spokeswoman company Jean Niemi said on Thursday.