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BREAKFAST WITH CHAMPIONS
SPECIAL EVENTS > Breakfast with Champions

Page content starts here We are inviting you to take part in a very exciting fundraising event — Breakfast With Champions in Sun Valley! Our goal with this event is to raise the visibility of our athletes in our community and to raise funds to meet the needs of our growing program. This prestigious event is scheduled for December 13, 2005, at the Sun Valley Resort in beautiful Sun Valley, Idaho.

The key note speakers are 4-time Olympian, Lyle Nelson, and winner of NBC's Survival of the Fittest! And Tim Ryan, schedule permitting, veteran sports announcer! Most importantly, our featured athlete will be Abraham Krahn, an equestrian athlete with the Sagebrush Riders from the Sagebrush Arena!

We do not sell tickets to this event. It is by invitation only.

There are two ways in which you can help support our athletes with this event:
  1. Serving as a Table Captain: You simply invite nine other people to attend and sit with you at your table. There is no cost for the breakfast, however, it is understood that the guests will make a donation at the event; or
  2. Sponsorship Opportunities
      a. Gold Medal Sponsor, $10,000
      b. Silver Medal Sponsor, 5,000
      c. Bronze Medal Sponsor, 2,500
      d. Corporate Table Sponsor, 1,500

If you are interested in either serving as a Table Captain or a Sponsor, please call Laurie at 208-323-0482, ext. 12. Our work is only made possible by the generosity of our community!

Key Note Speakers

Lyle Nelson: Lyle Nelson knows the Olympics and he knows Special Olympics. He competed for the U.S. in four Olympic Games and his Olympic teammates elected him to carry the U.S. Flag into opening ceremonies at the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, Canada. Lyle also co-carried, along with the elected Special Olympian, the U.S. Flag into the opening ceremonies of the World Games for Special Olympics. He has attended and assisted with Special Olympics in Oregon, Nevada, California and Idaho.

Lyle is a West Point Military Graduate, the author of Spirit of Champions and the Program Director for the Integrative Medicine Clinic at McCall Memorial Hospital. He also won NBC's Survival of the Fittest and was called a "renaissance man" by Jane Pauley on the Today Show.

Tim Ryan: Veteran sports broadcaster Tim Ryan is currently sharing duties with NBC Sports and ESPN, covering a variety of sports as he has throughout his 45-year career.

His current NBC duties include calling the Alpine Ski Racing events at the Winter Olympic Games in Torino, Italy in 2006 and the World Cup races in the US in 1005. Ryan has covered six previous Olympic Games for CBS and NBC. Most recently, he was the anchor for all of the Equestrian events at the Athens Olympic Summer Games.

For ESPN, Ryan is currently covering Grand Slam tennis events, and the U.S. Open Series, along with the selected college football games.

Ryan began his network career at NBC Sports in 1972 as the play-by-play voice of the National Hockey League "Game of the Week." He also covered NFL Football, boxing and other sports.

Tim moved to CBS Sports in 1987 where he covered NFL and college football, including the Cotton Bowl, the Sun Bowl and historic Notre Dame-Navy game from Dublin Ireland-17 years of the NCAA Basketball Tournament, more than 300 World Championship boxing matches and 20 U.S. Open Tennis Championship.

His broadcast partners have included such luminaries as Terry Bradshaw, Joe Theisman, Matt Millen, Dan Fouts, John McEnroe, John Newcombe, Al McGuire, Gil Clancy, Sugar Ray Leaonard, Christen Cooper, Scott Hamilton and Picabo Street.

A native of Canada, Ryan, now a US Citizen, lives with his wife Patricia in Sun Valley, Idaho. He is a Cum Laude graduate of the University of Notre Dame.

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