I am so delighted that the occasion of your 88th birthday gives me the opportunity to say "Happy Birthday and Thank you." Thank you for your inspiration and devotion to Special Olympics and all that it has done for the Olympians and their families. Thank you for demonstrating that sports does indeed have a purpose grounded in the values of both competition and compassion. Thank you for allowing the NBA to offer its support for your noble efforts. And thank you for passing the torch of enlightenment and public service to your most extraordinary children. Happy Birthday my friend.
David Stern is the current commissioner of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He began his association with the NBA in 1966 as outside counsel, joined the NBA in 1978 as General Counsel, and became the league's Executive Vice President in 1980. He became Commissioner in 1984, succeeding Larry O'Brien. Stern has served on the Rutgers University Board of Overseers and currently serves as Chair of the Board of Trustees of Columbia University. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Learn more about David J. Stern