Congratulations to our 2014 Circle of Excellence Award Winners

Thanks to everyone who came out to celebrate our youth athletes and enjoy the concert on Tuesday at the Circle of Excellence Awards!


85 athletes from 13 different winter sport programs were honored for their achievements, leadership, and show-stopping moments, as well as two inductees into the YSA Hall of Fame and two volunteers honored with the YSA Spirit of Service Award. Click here for the full list of 2014 award recipients. 


2014 Champion Award winners


2014 All-Star Award winners

This year’s Hall of Fame inductees are Megan McJames and Joss Christensen. Megan is a Park City Ski Team Alum and two-time Olympic Alpine Skier, and Joss is a Park City Freestyle Alum and 2014 Olympic Gold Medalist in Slopestyle Skiing.


Joss Christensen and Megan McJames are inducted into Circle of Excellence Hall of Fame

Mike Goar, YSA Board Member and General Manager of Canyons Resort, and Bill Lesar, long-time Wasatch Luge parent and YSA volunteer, received YSA Spirit of Service awards.

Bill Lesar with YSA Executive Director Aimee Preston

Spirit of Service honoree Bill Lesar with YSA Executive Director Aimee Preston

Watch the Park City TV story on the event:


Many thanks to Freebirds World Burrito, Josée Nadeau, Mountain Town Music, Newpark Resort and The Patwa Reggae Band for your support.


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JANS Winter Welcome Opportunity Drawing Tickets Now Available



Check off another “Bucket List Trip” by winning a trip to the 2015 Monte Carlo Grand Prix, valued at more than $14,000 by participating in the JANS Winter Welcome Opportunity Drawing! Suggested ticket donation is $50. Anyone purchasing more than one opportunity drawing ticket will be entered to win additional prizes including a season pass to Park City Mountain Resort or a complete ski package from JANS (skis, bindings & poles).

The trip for two to the 2015 Monte Carlo Grand Prix includes:

  • $2,500 air fare allowance
  • Three night accommodations (May 22-25) in a Sea View room with Balcony
    at the 5-star Palais de la Mediterranée located in Nice, France
  • Breakfast daily
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi, gym and pool pass
  • Friday welcome dinner
  • Transfers to Monaco on Saturday and Sunday
  • Admission to Saturday and Sunday Formula One races
  • GPT tour gift package with Onsite GPT representative
  • All taxes & service included
  • Includes airline travel allowance up to $5,000 from any
    US International Airport, Economy class
Drawing will be held during the JANS Winter Welcome on October 25, but you need not be present to win! Click here to purchase tickets online, or contact any of the 13 member teams.
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Circle of Excellence Awards: Sept. 16, 2014


The Youth Sports Alliance (YSA) will honor more than 80 accomplished junior athletes from 13 different winter sport programs at the 2014 Circle of Excellence Awards on Tuesday, September 16 at the Newpark Amphitheater.  The Alliance awards junior athletes for Achievement, Leadership, and Showstopping Moments.  Additionally, a volunteer will be honored with the Spirit of Service Award and YSA program alum or coach will be inducted into the Hall of Fame.

This year’s Circle of Excellence Awards will take place outdoors at the Newpark Amphitheater. All YSA team members, family and friends are invited to enjoy the awards ceremony and concert by Patwa. Space constraints in the past have limited the size of the audience just to parents and coaches. This year, we are expanding to include the greater winter sports community to celebrate the accomplishments of Park City’s youth athletes. A picnic dinner will be provided for athletes and coaches. Families may bring picnics or purchase food from local eateries.

Send questions to Jan Mitchell at

5:00-6:00 Registration and picnic pick-up 

5:30-6:30 Live music with Patwa reggae band 
6:30-7:30 Circle of Excellence award presentation 
7:30-7:45 Circle of Excellence group photo 
7:30-8:30 Live music with Patwa

Thanks to Patwa, Mountain Town MusicNewpark Resort and Josée Nadeau for their support!

Click here for more information, Hall of Fame inductees and previous years’ Circle of Excellence award winners.

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