ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - Friday Special Olympics Alaska held an unveiling ceremony to name its Mountain View training center after longtime President and CEO Jim Balamaci, who died in Feburary.
It’s basically the house that Balamaci built, and it will now officially be recognized as such. The renaming was spearheaded after a $2 million endowment was created to acknowledge Balamaci’s long-standing efforts. Half of the endowment was raised in an effort by Special Olympics, GCI and the Alaska Community Foundation. The other half was pledged by a generous donor through their estate plan.
The 28,000-square-foot facility was one of Balamaci’s longtime goals after serving as Special Olympics Alaska President and CEO for 28 years. Under his leadership, Alaska hosted the 2001 World Winter Games. And as a result, SOAK said this promoted awareness and funding for the Healthy Athletes Program and School Program.