Utah Governor Jon Huntsman, Jr. Announces 16th Winter Deaflympics to be held in Utah, February 1-10, 2007
THE GOVERNOR’S MANSION, SALT LAKE CITY, UT (February 17, 2005) – Utah Governor Jon Huntsman, Jr. announced that Utah was chosen as the site of the 2007 Winter Deaflympics, the largest winter athletic and cultural event of deaf and hard-of-hearing people.
Left to right: Gallaudet University President Dr. I. King Jordan, Utah Governor Jon Huntsman, Jr., Sorenson Media's CEO James Lee Sorenson, 2007 Winter Deaflympics Chairperson Dwight Benedict, and DEAFLYMPICS President Dr. Donalda Ammons.
DEAFLYMPICS president Dr. Donalda Ammons gave a brief overview of the Deaflympics. Founded in Paris, France in 1924, the Deaflympics are the second oldest multi-sport and cultural event in the world, after the Olympics which were founded in 1896. Around 400 deaf athletes from 24 countries and over 4,000 fans are expected to attend the 2007 Deaflympics. The Deaflympics has both winter and summer games, and the 20th Summer Deaflympics were held in Melbourne, Australia in January 2005. The 2009 Summer Deaflympics will be held in Taipei, Taiwan.
James Lee Sorenson, the chief executive officer of Sorenson Media, presented a check for $250,000 to 2007 Deaflympics organizing committee chair Dwight Benedict, and became the Deaflympics’ first major sponsor. Since the total budget for the Games is between $1.8 and $2.0 million, additional sponsors are being sought.
James Lee Sorenson and Gallaudet University President Dr. I. King Jordan are co-chairmen of the 2007 Deaflympics Honorary Advisory Board, which will provide the Organizing Committee with advisory support.