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Special Olympics Alaska (SO-AK) 2010 Bowling Tournament

JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska - Media are invited to cover the Special Olympics Alaska (SO-AK) 2010 Bowling Tournament at 2 p.m. Sunday at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson's Polar Bowl.

The bowling tournament runs Nov. 19-21 with more than 600 athletes, coaches and volunteers expected to attend. Local communities represented include Anchorage, Central Peninsula, Homer, Juneau, Kodiak, Mat-Su Valley, and Tanana Valley (Fairbanks).

Special Olympics Alaska is an accredited program of Special Olympics Inc., a global organization that has provided sports training and competition to people with intellectual disabilities since 1968. In Alaska, Special Olympics serves more than 2,000 athletes in nearly two dozen communities around the state through local "area" training programs. Athletes attending the games have qualified by training for several months and by participating in local bowling tournaments.

"At our 42nd Anniversary, Special Olympics stands as a leader in the field of intellectual disability," said Jim Balamaci, Special Olympics Alaska President/CEO. "It is truly a global movement, with over 3.8 million athletes from 180 countries. This weekend, we hope to celebrate all of our accomplishments on a global, state and local level."

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