Stein Eriksen YSA Endowment reaches $2 million

Olympic gold medalist Ted Ligety speaks at a reception held after the Stein Eriksen Youth Sports Alliance Opportunity Endowment reached its initial $2 million goal.

Olympic gold medalist Ted Ligety speaks at a reception held after the Stein Eriksen Youth Sports Alliance Opportunity Endowment reached its initial $2 million goal.

The Stein Eriksen Youth Sports Alliance Opportunity Endowment reached its initial $2 million goal after a two-year fundraising campaign. This accomplishment was celebrated last week at a reception hosted by Deer Valley. Ted Ligety, a gold-medal alpine skier, Bob Wheaton, president and general manager of Deer Valley Resort, and Jim Gaddis, chairman of the Stein Eriksen YSA Endowment Committee were on hand to talk about the Endowment’s namesake as well as the legacy the Endowment will provide to the community. At the close of the event, Bjorn Eriksen led the crowd in a traditional Norwegian folk song and a toast to his late father.

The Endowment will provide local youth with need-based scholarships to help alleviate training, equipment and travel expenses as well as underwrite fee-waivers for participants in YSA’s Get Out & Play and ACTiV8 after-school learn-to sports programs. The fund was established due to growing demand for support. In 2015/16, YSA awarded $43,000 in training scholarships to 65 athletes in financial need competing for affiliated teams. These scholarships cover training costs, program fees, competition entry fees, travel expenses and equipment needs. Additionally, 179 scholarships were awarded this year to economically disadvantaged elementary school students to participate in YSA’s Get Out & Play after-school sports program.

Currently, funding for scholarships is raised annually at JANS Winter Welcome, a charity auction and dinner coordinated by the YSA to raise money to support the nine affiliated winter sports teams and junior athletes. The permanent endowment is a two-year, $2 million fundraising effort led by the late Stein Eriksen and former YSA President & Founder Jim Gaddis.

At the Endowment’s launch, Eriksen noted, “It is an honor to help support the athletic dreams of Park City’s youth. My life’s passion and work has been about the outdoors, sportsmanship and perseverance and it is rewarding to be able to help make this lifestyle a reality for the young members of our community. I hope to encourage the benefits of teamwork and camaraderie and inspire our local youth to excel in the sports they love.”

Jim Gaddis, Chairman of the Endowment Committee recounted, “Stein once said to me that if you can take a loss the same way you take a victory, then you have what it takes to be a champion. Stein’s legacy to our community is giving kids the chance to learn the important lessons of sport and pursue their dreams.”

The Endowment fund will help ensure that Stein Eriksen’s legacy to the community is fulfilled — a promise to provide Park City’s youth with financial support to chase their dreams.

At the close of the event, Bjorn Eriksen led the crowd in a traditional Norwegian folk song and a toast to his late father.

At the close of the event, Bjorn Eriksen led the crowd in a traditional Norwegian folk song and a toast to his late father.

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Congratulations to the 2016 Circle of Excellence award winners

Thanks to everyone who came out to celebrate our youth athletes and enjoy live music on Sunday at the Circle of Excellence Awards presented by Skullcandy/Born in PC.

The Youth Sports Alliance honored over 100 junior athletes for Achievement, Leadership, and Showstopping Moments, in addition to the top 5% of participants based on criteria such as selection to the National Team, participation in international competition, championship podiums, and top rankings. Additionally, Tom Eastwood, Past YSA President was honored with the Spirit of Service Award and 3x Olympian and 2x Olympic medalist, Derek Parra, was inducted into the Hall of Fame. Click here for the full list of 2016 award recipients.

2016 Circle of Excellence Award Winners

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On hand to help distribute awards were 5-time Olympic Gold Medalist, Eric Heiden, and Olympic Aerial Skier, Chris “Hatch” Haslock.

Get Out & Play Core Values Award Winners

Thank you to Rossignol for providing skis and JANS for providing an annual pass to White Pine Touring cross-country ski area to the Get Out & Play Core Value Award Winners!

The Skullcandy Leadership Award was presented to Slopestyle Skier, Joe Lauer from Team Park City United and Tucker Hoefler from the Park City Nordic Ski Club.

Troy Podmilsak was selected as winner of the newly named Sam Jackenthal Show Stopper of the Year award. Sam’s father, Ron Jackenthal, was on hand to present the award.

Sam Jackenthal Show Stopper of the Year Award nominees: Samantha Bray, Troy Podmilsak and Ben Loomis (not pictured, Dylan Woodbury)

Derek Parra, a gold & silver speed-skating medalist at the 2002 Olympic Games, was inducted into the YSA Hall of Fame. Derek is a long-time advocate for introducing youth to sports. He was fortunate to be introduced to speed skating, which is not a typical pursuit for a Southern California boy. In turn, Derek has introduced hundreds of Park City’s school children to speed skating through YSA’s Get Out & Play Ice program. He has inspired a handful of the Get Out & Play participants to pursue speed skating competitively, including some of the award winners here tonight. He coached them at the Olympic Oval and continues to support their progress in their sport. He joined Brett Camerota, Joss Christensen, Chris “Hatch” Haslock, Ted Ligety, Megan McJames, Lindsey Van and Bryon Wilson in the YSA Hall of Fame.

Tom Eastwood, Past President of the Youth Sports Alliance, was honored with this year’s YSA Spirit of Service award.

Tom served six years on the YSA Board of Directors. The signature success of his tenure as Board President was securing a home for the Get Out & Play program. Get Out & Play found its start as a PTO offering organized between schools and Park City Mountain Resort. In 2008, under Tom’s leadership, YSA took on the coordination to centralize registration, transportation and organization. Tom’s foresight allowed this program to grow from a learn-to-ski program offered in January to local elementary school students to a year-round program offering: Alpine Skiing, Archery, Bouldering, Freeskiing/Freeride, Ice Skating, Mountain Biking, Mountaineering among other programs offered to students at local Elementary schools, and most recently, to Middle School Students. In addition, he instituted the Team Grant Process, mimicking the RAP Tax Granting Process which resulted in hundreds of thousands of dollars being awarded to local winter sports teams. Continuing to take an active role in guiding the YSA through his position on the YSA Advisory Board and he played an integral part in raising $2 million dollars for the Stein Eriksen YSA Opportunity Endowment to ensure that Park City’s youth have the opportunity to dare to dream.

Kids do a random exercise determined by rolling giant dice to win prizes at the Intermountain LiVe Well Center tent

Many thanks to EpicPromise, Intermountain LiVe Well Center, Mountain Town Music, Maxwell’s, Newpark Resort Hotel, Patwa Reggae Band and Skullcandy/Born in PC.

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Tickets available now for JANS Winter Welcome!

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Save the date for the 36th JANS Winter Welcome, to be held at Stein Eriksen Lodge on October 29, 2016. Tickets, table sponsorships and opportunity drawing tickets for another “bucket list” trip are available online now!

Spend the night: Special room rates are available at Stein Eriksen Lodge and The Chateaux for JANS Winter Welcome guests.

Stein Eriksen Lodge
Hotel Room $239
One-Bedroom Suite $359
Call (435) 649-3700 for reservations.

The Chateaux Deer Valley
Hotel Room $159
One-Bedroom Suite $259
Call (435) 658-9500 for reservations.

Read about last year’s fantastic event here.


Sponsorships are available at many levels. Contact Christy at events@ysaparkcity.org or 435.214.0792 for more information.


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Even if you can’t make it to the event, you can enter to win a VIP trip for two to the 2017 British Open Golf Tournament! Tickets are available online or from any YSA club/athlete.

 

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