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The Entire Sports Industry Loses A Great Champion
STUART, Florida. (August 9, 2010) - The National Council of Youth Sports (NCYS) and the entire amateur youth sports and sporting industries are mourning the death of former U.S. Senator Ted Stevens (R-AK). Senator Stevens, 86, and four other people were killed on Monday night in a plane crash in southwest Alaska. Senator Ted Stevens was a champion of sport in America and a tireless advocate for all American athletes. He will always be remembered for his service.

Stevens authored, sponsored and delivered the most important piece of legislation in the history of the American Olympic movement in 1978, the Amateur Sports Act, now named after him. The historic legislation is the blueprint by which the United States Olympic Committee gained its pivotal, central role in carrying out its mission and assuring that every American athlete, no matter their lot in life, can dream and have the right to compete for the chance to realize their goal. Furthermore, Senator Stevens used federal anti-corruption laws to persuade the Olympic movement to buckle-down on substance abuse in sports. Then he assured reliable funding for the World Anti-Doping Association and the United States Anti-Doping Association.

Senator Stevens also sponsored and played a major role in the passage of Title IX. Because of Stevens support to get Title IX passed in 1972, millions of girls and women have gotten the opportunity to not just further their athletics but their education as well. Stevens is known as the founding father of the current Carol M. White Physical Education Program (PEP) which provides the only federal money to school districts and community based organizations for physical education and innovative physical activity methods.and has left a legacy as a leader for the amateur youth sports and sporting community as a whole. U.S. Senator Ted Stevens dedication to the benefits of sport have allowed many more Americans to lead healthier, more active lifestyles.

Senator Stevens is survived by his wife, Catherine Chandler, and six children. In 1978, Senator Stevens survived the crash of a private Learjet that claimed the life of his first wife, Ann, and four other people.