Scholarship Day Sets Record for Winter Sports Club Fund
● By Grant Johnson
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, CO-December 2, 2013-The Steamboat Ski & Resort Corporation’s annual Scholarship Day raised a record $84,670 for the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club’s (SSWSC) Scholarship Fund from opening day ticket proceeds on Wednesday, November 27, 2013.
"This year's record Scholarship Day contribution demonstrates the true spirit of Steamboat-Ski Town, U.S.A.®," said Chris Diamond, president and chief operating officer of the Steamboat Ski & Resort Corporation. "We can’t thank the community enough for their continued support of Scholarship Day and the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club. Scholarship Day 2013 was an incredible season opener and helped set the tone for a season that has already seen more than 7 feet of Champagne Powder® snow.”
For a century, the SSWSC has been providing opportunities for young athletes to become successful individuals and to achieve their personal goals through participation in winter sports. The SSWSC is unique within the United States as it offers training in all of the Nordic disciplines as well as alpine skiing, freestyle, freeskiing, snowboarding (alpine and parks & pipes) and telemark. The SSWSC is one of the oldest and most recognized ski clubs in the United States and was named the United States Ski & Snowboard Association’s Club of the Year three times in the past decade.
“The record funds raised from this year's Scholarship Day are a special highlight as we celebrate the Club’s 100th anniversary and are a critical part of helping more families in Routt County participate in our athletic and educational programs," said Jim Boyne, the new executive director of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club. “The SSWSC currently works with more than 900 kids in the Yampa Valley and over the Club’s history has touched the lives of more than 22,000 children and young adults.”
Steamboat’s Scholarship Day program has generated between $12,006 to a record $84,670 for a total of $842,111 over the past 23 years. The Fund, which provides financial support to children in Club programs, is housed with the Yampa Valley Community Foundation, which manages over 130 donor funds from scholarships to legacy endowments. For those who missed Scholarship Day, contributions to the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club Scholarship Fund can be made year-round via the Yampa Valley Community Foundation, www.yvcf.org.
“Programs like Steamboat’s Scholarship Day are a rarity in the industry,” added Boyne. “We’re thankful and proud that the Steamboat Ski Area, together with broad support from our community, continues to contribute so much to our Routt County youth and the Winter Sports Club. During this milestone season, the Club looks forward to partnering with Steamboat Ski & Resort Corp. to strive to ensure another 100 years of training our athletes across the Yampa Valley to compete at the highest levels and develop life skills to be the best they can be both on and off the slopes.”
The Club’s heritage is a major reason Steamboat enjoys the moniker Steamboat-Ski Town, U.S.A.® No other town in North America has produced more winter Olympians than Steamboat Springs, a record 79 and counting. In fact, Steamboat sent more athletes (17) to the 2010 Games than many small countries. Steamboat’s Winter Olympians have represented eleven different countries/territories and made over 135 Olympic appearances during 18 Winter Games.