For Ted Stevens Day, Special Olympians Celebrate
Special Olympics celebrated a day early
ANCHORAGE - In 2010, Senator Ted Stevens was named, "Alaskan of the Century" for bringing money and programs from Capitol Hill to the Last Frontier for more than four decades.
Now, he has his own day.
Saturday is Ted Stevens day in Alaska.
Last year the legislature set the fourth Saturday in July as a day for Alaskans to get outside and enjoy the great outdoors, in honor of Stevens.
Stevens was a lifelong outdoor enthusiast who spent much of his off time in the backcountry, rivers and coast of Alaska.
And he continued that until he was killed in a plane crash two years ago returning from a fishing trip.
Some local athletes celebrated Ted Stevens day a little early Friday at the Special Olympics Training Center in Mountain View, playing tennis and bocce ball.
It's part of the "unified sports" program, which partners Special Olympians with athletes who don't have intellectual disabilities.
The organization’s president says the late senator did a lot to help the program – and athletes are more than happy to spend the day honoring him.
"Senator Ted Stevens is an unsung hero when it comes to the Special Olympic movement in the world. His work with Title 9 and the Special Olympics is unparalleled to any other senator I know of," said Special Olympics President Jim Balamaci.