Attention Sports Fans! Here’s some hot news that will shock you.
Mayor Dave Bieter is telling folks the #1 Sports Event of 2009 was held right here in Boise!
Here is an excerpt from the “Mayor’s Memo” for this week:
“…according to readers of SportsTravel, the sports world’s event magazine, the title of 2009 Sports Event of the Year goes to the Special Olympics World Winter Games, held last February here in Boise and in Sun Valley.”
Team Dave proudly proclaims the Boise Special Olympics beat out the likes of, The Summer Olympics in Beijing Super Bowl XLIII, Last year’s Major League Baseball All-Star Game, and readers called it, “best organized, best attended, most enjoyable sports event in the world during the past year.”
We have poked fun at Boise’s ranking by various magazines in the past. Things like being “bicycle friendly” just prior to a slew of tragic bike accidents, business friendly just before Micron dumps a bunch of workers on the economy, etc. etc. Motor Coach Magazine once named the Riverfest a top festival in the USA just before it went broke. It is hard to comprehend the honor of “best organized, best attended, most enjoyable sports event in the world during the past year.”
The complete text follows from Team Dave.
Thursday, November 5, 2009
The Mayor’s eMemo
What was the best organized, best attended, most enjoyable sports event in the world during the past year? The Summer Olympics in Beijing? Super Bowl XLIII? Last year’s Major League Baseball All-Star Game?
No, according to readers of SportsTravel, the sports world’s event magazine, the title of 2009 Sports Event of the Year goes to the Special Olympics World Winter Games, held last February here in Boise and in Sun Valley.
The Games were also recognized as Best Amateur Multi-Sport or Multi-Discipline Event. The awards, for events between summer 2008 and summer 2009, were announced last month at the Travel, Events And Management in Sports (TEAMS) 2009 Conference & Expo in New Orleans, the world’s largest gathering of event organizers and travel planners from the sports industry.
All Boiseans should be proud of this recognition — and even more proud of the event it honors. The Special Olympics World Winter Games were an incredible experience for more than 2,000 athletes from almost 100 countries who competed in seven winter sports, as well as for thousands of volunteers and spectators. And our community put it all together, under challenging economic circumstances, in record time.
A once-in-a-lifetime event like this deserves a lasting legacy, a way to carry forward the Special Olympics message to future generations. Next Monday, I’ll be helping to unveil a new exhibit that will help us keep the flame alive: the Special Olympics Cauldron, which burned throughout the World Winter Games last February, which will now have permanent home at the Boise Airport.
The cauldron will serve as an ongoing tribute to the city of Boise and all of Idaho as hosts of the games — and most of all to the athletes who amazed us with their skill, courage and heart.
Until next time …
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