USOC, BP partner for new USOC Ted Stevens Sports Services Center
CHAD WISE / Sports Features Communications
(SFC) BP will invest $1 million in the Ted Stevens Sports Center at the Olympic Training Centre in Colorado Springs, Colo., the United States Olympic Committee announced.
“As a proud partner of the U.S. Olympic Committee, BP is honoured to make this additional contribution to Team USA,” BP America Chairman and President John Minge said. “BP’s more than 20,000 U.S. employees look forward to cheering on Team USA at the Sochi 2014 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games and beyond.”
The Ted Stevens Sports Services Center will be located in the 35-acre Colorado Spring campus and will provide world-class training services for the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic athletes.
The Sports Services Complex be the home of activity for all athletes who train, compete and reside on campus and will include a new indoor agility field and weight-training area, enhanced sports medicine and recovery stations, improved physiology and altitude-training capabilities and a new athlete-teaching kitchen.
“I want to thank BP for this incredibly generous gift that helps our nation’s Olympic aspirations, while also honouring the Alaskan of the 20th century, Ted Stevens,” Senator Lisa Murkowski said. “As much as Uncle Ted meant to our state and our people in helping us reach our potential, he also – through legislation, advocacy and his one-of-a-kind energy – was a national leader in boosting the profile and impact of the United States Olympic Committee. This gift lets us know that the next time we see our athletes on the medal stand, that Ted Stevens is standing alongside them.”
“The Stevens family thanks BP, a long-time supporter of the USOC, for its generous contribution and support of our Olympic and Paralympic athletes and Wounded Warred,” Stevens’ widow Catherine said. “BP’s gift is vital for our amateur athletes since, as Ted reminded us: ‘In almost every other nation, Olympic and amateur sports receive substantial government funding, That is nor true in our country.
“Ted would have been so humbled to know his name would be permanently associated with the development and training of our athletes. Everything he did, from authouring the Ted Stevens Amateur Sport Act to speaking out against boycotts and ensuring security for the Games, was about nurturing the competitive spirit and giving all athletes the opportunity to fulfill their dream. Ted know the Olympic were more than the games and pageantry – they are about bringing people together, breaking down barriers and fostering understanding.”
“We’re grateful for BP’s commitment to America’s elite athletes and to honoring Ted Stevens, a champion of Olympic and Paralympic sport in the U.S.,” United States Olympic Committee Chief Executive Officer Scott Blackmun said. “The Stevens Sports Services Center will stand as a tribute to his leadership and will serve American athletes as the work to achieve their goal of competing at the highest levels.”
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