BP donates $1 million to Olympic Training Center

BP will contribute $1 million to the new Ted Stevens Sports Services Center at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs and to existing U.S. Paralympic programs, the USOC announced Wednesday.

Named in honor of the late Alaska senator, the Ted Stevens Sports Services Center will be at the 35-acre Colorado Springs campus, providing technically advanced training services for U.S. Olympic and Paralympic athletes.

After construction is completed, the Stevens Center will serve as the hub of activity for athletes who train, compete and reside on campus.

The enter will feature a new indoor agility field and weight-training area, sports medicine and recovery stations, physiology and altitude-training capabilities, a athlete-teaching kitchen, in addition to new administrative meeting spaces and offices, and a multi-purpose classroom.

“BP’s more than 20,000 U.S. employees look forward to cheering on Team USA at the Sochi 2014 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games and beyond,” said BP America President, John Mingé.

In Colorado and Alaska, BP has more than 2,500 employees.

Having served in the U.S. Senate from 1968-2008, Stevens authored the Amateur Sports Act of 1978 and its subsequent amendments, which helped restructure the U.S. Olympic movement in a way that has contributed to the success of America’s athletes, both on and off the field of play, according to the release. Today, the Act protects individual athletes, and provides the USOC’s counsel and authority to oversee Olympic and Paralympic business.

“Ted would have been so humbled to know his name would be permanently associated with the development and training of our athletes,” said Catherine Stevens, wife of the late U.S. senator.

In addition to supporting Olympic and Paralympic athletes, the Stevens Center also will serve as a resource for disabled veterans. Of the $1 million contribution, $250,000 will be dedicated to the USOC’s existing Paralympic sports programs.

”We’re grateful for BP’s commitment to America’s elite athletes and to honoring Ted Stevens, a champion of Olympic and Paralympic sport in the U.S,” said Scott Blackmun, CEO of the USOC. “The Stevens Sports Services Center will stand as a tribute to his leadership and will serve American athletes as they work to achieve their goal of competing at the highest levels.”