May 16, 2006

Crapo Congratulates Idaho Special Olympics

Idaho chosen today to host 2009 World Winter Games

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo today congratulated Idaho Special Olympics and the team of Idahoans who submitted the winning bid to host the 2009 Special Olympics World Winter Games in February of 2009. The bidding team, led by Jim and Pirie Grossman of Sun Valley and the staff of Idaho Special Olympics, was notified today it has been chosen by Special Olympics International to host the games. If Idaho fulfills the bid as expected, the announcement means that more than 3,000 Special Olympians from around the world may be coming to Idaho to compete at tentative sites including Tamarack Resort in Valley County, Bogus Basin Resort in Boise, facilities at Boise State University and at the Boise Centre on the Grove. In all, 10,000 people from 80 counties may come to Idaho for the 2009 Games.â??Idahoâ??s selection to host the World Winter Games in 2009 demonstrates once again what can be accomplished when hard-working Idahoans pull together and I congratulate Jim and Pirie Grossman, Idaho Special Olympics, the staff of the Boise Convention and Visitors Bureau, and all the members of the team which submitted the bid chosen today,â?? Crapo said. â??Part of what makes Idaho so special is the open hearts, open minds, and dedication that Idahoans demonstrate and now we will able to again show off our wonderful state on a world stage in 2009.â?? Senator Crapo serves as a honorary member of the local work group and submitted a letter of support as a part of the bid.