What do Lam’s employees in Villach, Austria, and six-to-seven-year-old school children have in common? A mutual love of floorball, a sport similar to hockey, which they began playing together last fall. In exchange for use of the gymnasium at the new technology-focused International School Carinthia (ISC), several Lam employees volunteered to organize an after-school program for its students.
A fun and easy-to-learn sport, floorball turned out to be a good activity choice for the young children. Also, the new program was special since floorball is not traditionally offered in Austrian schools. Not only are the kids benefitting by having opportunity to play a new sport, their participation in the program is helping them learn that an active, healthy lifestyle can be fun.
The Lam volunteers enjoyed playing floorball with the children and one volunteer said he “appreciated their enthusiasm and interest in learning something new.” According to a school official, the program was also a very positive experience for the students. In fact, following the program’s positive reception by both the kids and ISC officials in its first year, the enthusiastic Lam volunteers are now considering the possibility of starting a student league.
In addition to the new floorball program, Lam has helped the new school financially. In 2013, the company donated US$50,000 to the ISC through the Lam Research Foundation, the company’s charitable giving organization.