GCI steps up big again in support of Special Olympics Alaska
ANCHORAGE, Alaska – GCI has once again signed on to be the presenting sponsor of Special Olympics Alaska. GCI’s multi-year commitment, valued at $140,000 in annual cash and in-kind contributions through 2025, will support Special Olympics Alaska’s staff, programs, athletes and advocacy for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities across the state.
“Special Olympics Alaska is right at the heart of the mission statement we have at GCI,” said Paul Landes, Senior Vice President & General Manager of GCI Consumer Services. “We want to be good neighbors, build connections and to be an active part of the community. That’s why GCI has remained a committed partner to Special Olympics Alaska and the talented athletes. I can’t think of a more worthy or joyful mission in all of Alaska.”
In 2018, Landes spearheaded the launch of a $2 million endowment supporting Special Olympics Alaska and led an effort to rename the organization’s facility after its late President & CEO, and longtime volunteer, Jim Balamaci.
“GCI’s sponsorship will enable all of our athletes to participate year-round, and our world class athletes who may be training for the World Games or for the USA Games to really excel,” said Sue Perles, President & CEO of Special Olympics Alaska. “GCI is a very involved sponsor and they demonstrate their commitment all year long. GCI doesn’t just write a check and go away; GCI is there shoulder to shoulder with the organization to help you move forward.”
GCI is also a perennial sponsor of Special Olympics Alaska’s signature fundraising event, the Polar Plunge, where participants take an icy plunge into Anchorage’s Goose Lake. Dozens of GCI employees each year also volunteer to take the plunge and raise funds for Special Olympics Alaska.
GCI is one of Alaska’s leaders in corporate philanthropy, donating approximately $2 million each year in cash, products and connectivity to organizations across the state. GCI is committed to giving back to the communities it serves and provides employees with 16 hours of paid leave to volunteer with local organizations.
Headquartered in Alaska, GCI provides data, mobile, video, voice and managed services to consumer, business, government, and carrier customers throughout Alaska, serving more than 200 communities. The company has invested more than $4 billion in its Alaska network and facilities over the past 40 years and recently launched true standards-based 5G NR service in Anchorage, now the nation’s northernmost 5G service area. Learn more about GCI at www.gci.com. GCI is a wholly owned subsidiary of Liberty Broadband Corporation (Nasdaq: LBRDA, LBRDK, LBRDP). Learn more about Liberty Broadband at http://www.libertybroadband.com.