Snowsports Foundation increases scholarship giving in both number, amount

Kate King Uncategorized

Crested Butte Snowsports Foundation (CBSF) continues to aid young athletes of all ability levels. CBSF recently wrapped up giving for the 2016-17 winter season, which saw increases in both the number and amount of scholarships dolled out to young athletes in the Gunnison Valley.

CBSF’s mission is to provide financial support for youth in Crested Butte and Gunnison in their pursuit of sportsmanship, passion, excellence and discipline through snow sport experiences. The Foundation strives for every young person in Crested Butte and Gunnison to experience the joy and excitement of snow sports and be supported in their pursuit of recreational or competitive opportunities.

To achieve that goal, CBSF provides need- and merit-based scholarships to individual athletes, as well as offering grants to partner programs in all disciplines of snow sports, including but not limited to Nordic, alpine, telemarking and snowboarding.

“I’ve connected on a meaningful level with several people more than I ever have before through my skiing,” said a young telemark skier who received a CBSF scholarship this past winter. “I got encouragement from many and I am incredibly inspired to get back on the hill for next season.”

CBSF met its scholarship giving goal of $40,000 this past season — even beating it by nearly $1,000. In fact, the Foundation has increased scholarship giving significantly over the last five years — from 26 scholarships totaling $26,780 for the 2012-13 season to 52 scholarships totaling $40,925 this past winter. In total over the past five years, the Foundation has awarded 180 individual scholarships amounting to $163,685.

For this past winter, CBSF saw a record number of scholarship applicants — and, in fact, has continued to see requests for financial assistance increase annually. And CBSF’s award of 52 need- or merit-based scholarships this past season is up significantly from 32 last winter.

“This season I learned how to be a better friend, person, athlete, role model and snowboarder,” said a scholarship recipient. “I would say I had a great year. … Wait, no, I had an amazing year!!! Thank you for your support.”

CBSF also awarded grants to all entities that applied — including a new grant in support of helping youth learn to safely ski in the backcountry. In total, the Foundation doled out nearly $4,300 in grant funding for the 2016-17 winter season.

That included continued support from CBSF in helping local children participate in school-sanctioned trips to Crested Butte Mountain Resort to ski with their peers, simultaneously fulfilling physical education requirements. Also, CBSF and Gunnison County Substance Abuse Prevention Project partnered for the first time this year to reduce the cost of an introduction to backcountry skiing course offered to Choice Pass participants by Irwin Guides. Kids who enroll in the Choice Pass receive a myriad of discounts at local businesses and other perks for pledging to remain drug- and alcohol-free.

To learn more about CBSF or to donate, visit www.crestedbuttesnowsports.org, mail P.O. Box 56, Crested Butte, CO 81224 or call 970-349-2830. You can also e-mail info@crestedbuttesnowsports.org.

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Kate King