The Kenai Peninsula 2006 Arctic Winter Games Host Society has hired an Anchorage School District employee with an extensive background in youth athletics as the games' sports manager.
Chris Hayes will manage the games set for March 2006. The games will include events in several Kenai Peninsula communities.
"It was an outstanding choice," Host Society board president and borough mayor Dale Bagley said of Hayes. "Chris brings an excellent background to this very important job and will organize a first-rate set of events."
Hayes was chosen following an extensive search effort that began in November and generated more than 30 applications from the United States and Canada.
According to information supplied by the Host Society, Hayes has served as director of Far West-Region IV Boys Olympic Develop-ment Soccer Program, administrator of the Alaska State Youth Soccer Boys and Girls Olympic Development Program, Team Alaska soccer director and soccer venue director for the Arctic Winter Games, co-director and administrator for Alaska School Activities Association Region III and IV state high school competitions for volleyball, basketball and swimming, and co-director of NBC Basketball and Soccer Camps-International Tour Teams.
"This is a great challenge, and it is a privilege to be chosen for this important role in the 2006 Arctic Winter Games," Hayes said at a recent meeting of the 2006 Host Society. "The Arctic Winter Games are unique in that it brings together 20 different sports that each have their own unique challenges to overcome. It's going to be a lot of fun working out all the kinks and quirks that come with each sport so that the teams and athletes have a great experience in 2006."
Hayes will be responsible for organizing and completing all aspects of the 20 different Arctic Winter Games.
Hayes will travel to the 2004 Arctic Winter Games in Wood Buffalo, Alberta, to observe all 20 sports events. He officially will begin work in June of this year.
The games are expected to bring more than 2,000 athletes and cultural performers and 1,500 special guests from seven participating circumpolar nations. The weeklong event will require more than 3,000 volunteers and is expected to attract between 6,000 and 8,000 spectators. The budget for the games and their planning is projected at $5.3 million in cash and in-kind donations.
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