Each year, Circle of Excellence recipients are chosen based on their exceptional competitive results in their sports. Criteria for selecting recipients include selection to the national team, participation in international competition, championship podiums, as well as top rankings. These top 5% of participants in our thirteen member programs are recognized for achievement and leadership in winter sport. Our goal is to create an environment in which every athlete aspires to achieve at a higher level.
Read a recap of the 2016 event: Congratulations to the 2016 Circle of Excellence Award Winners!
YSA Hall of Fame inductees:
2016: Derek Parra, Speed-Skating gold & silver medalist, 2002 Olympic Games
2015: Lindsey Van, Park City Nordic Ski Club alum and U.S. Ski Jumping Team member
2014: Megan McJames, Park City Ski Team alum and two-time Olympic Alpine Skier
2014: Joss Christensen, Park City Freestyle alum and 2014 Olympic Gold Medalist in Slopestyle Skiing
2013: Bryon Wilson, Wasatch Freestyle alum and 2010 Olympic Bronze Medalist, moguls
2012: Nate Roberts, Park City Freestyle Team alum & Eight time World Cup winner
2012: Chris “Hatch” Haslock, AXIS Freestyle Coach & Founder. 1988 Olympic Freestyle Aerialist
2011: Ted Ligety, Park City Ski Team alum and two-time Olympic Gold Medalist
2011: Brett Camerota, Park City Nordic Ski Club alum and Olympic Silver Medalist
YSA Spirit of Service award recipients:
2016: Tom Eastwood
Tom Eastwood served six years on the YSA Board of Directors and continues to be active on the Advisory Board. 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.
2015: Kerry Morgan
Kerry Morgan started out as a parent volunteer for the Park City Mountain Resort after school ski program and went on to lead a multi-sport, multi-venue program allowing kids experience sports as diverse as snowboarding, ski jumping and mountain biking. During her tenure as Get Out & Play Director she instituted the YSA core values ‘SPORT’ program as part of the weekly Get Out & Play Program. Scholarship opportunities for area youth in need grew exponentially under her leadership. Her legacy is for finding a true home for this unique program while providing a positive structured environment in which local children can learn about commitment, respect and hard work.
2015: Bob Wheaton
Bob Wheaton is a founder of the Youth Sports Alliance and a long-time supporter of its programming. Through Deer Valley Resort, he has provided consistent support of JANS Winter Welcome, playing host to the event since before YSA’s inception. The launch of the $2 million dollar Stein Eriksen YSA Opportunity Endowment was held Silver Lake Lodge at his behest and he has provided annual opportunities for YSA to host its supporters for First Tracks events. More recently, he opened the doors of the resort to Park City School District elementary school students participating in YSA Get Out & Play program. Local students are getting a chance to make their own first tracks on some of the best groomed corduroy in the world.
2014: Michael Goar
Nominated by Summit Ski Team. He has been a prominent voice on the YSA Board for 6 years, writing and implementing a Strategic Plan for the organization 4 years ago. Through Canyons Resort he has provided ongoing Venue support to both the Summit Ski Team and Youth Sports Alliance. He has been instrumental in supporting all youth Teams in the community through Grants, events, and support of Programming. His vision and generosity allows all Youth the chance to participate and excel in Sport.
2014: Bill Lesar
Nominated by the YSA Staff. He was a 2002 Olympic Torchbearer and has Participated with YSA since it began in 2002, assisting with Jans Winter Welcome, the Funky 5K, and our KPCW Fundraising Volunteer. He participated in National Sports Foundation Program as a parent volunteer for local competitions for 2 years and participated with the Wasatch Luge club for over 17 years as board president, volunteer coach, and parent volunteer. This position led him to work with the National and International Luge Federation as a Race Official and travel to places such as Lake Placid, Germany, and Latvia to officiate international competitions such as Goodwill Games, World Cups, World Championships, and even the Olympic Games in 2002.
2013: Caron Keim
Caron served the entire freestyle community as the long standing Intermountain Division Freestyle Chairman. Upon resigning from her post there she became a Board Member of YWSA with a huge contribution acting as the co-chair to the JANS Winter Welcome serving the entire Alliance for the past 2 years (She was already a big part of the JWW organizing all the guest athletes among other responsibilities). Now just to keep up on her game she has become the co-chair of the USSA Freestyle Junior Championships hosted in Park City this year and next season as well again serving the entire freestyle.
2012: Jim Gaddis
Jim Gaddis was one of the original founders of the Alliance after the Olympic Games. Last year, he served his final year on the YWSA Board and has agreed to serve on the Advisory Board. A former NCAA Skier and Golfer himself, Jim is passionate about providing opportunity to children in Winter Sport. He is constantly promoting the Alliance in the community and twisting the arms of his friends to join in. The Alliance would not be what it is today without the hard work Jim Gaddis has put into it over the last 10 years.
2012: Bill McGrath
Summit Ski Team Board Member for over 6 Years. Current Team Vice-President. Bill has worked as a volunteer for the Summit Ski Team. He is from a ski racing family and ski racing has been a part of his entire life. He brings a wealth of knowledge and exceptional leadership to our program. Prior to hiring a Director of the Summit Ski Team Bill functioned as the head coach and technical director for the program and did this as a volunteer. He really helped to shape the direction that Summit Ski Team will go into the future. Bill is also an extremely inspiring individual. He has been fighting an excruciatingly difficult brave battle with cancer for the past two years. As difficult as this has been he has faced cancer with determination and perseverance while doing his best to live life to the fullest. Summit Ski Team is proud to have had Bill serve our team for many years and hope and pray he is able to serve us for many more years. He truly is an inspiration to Summit Ski Team, our parents, and our athletes and he gives his all to serve this team no matter the personal obstacles he is having to overcome.
2011: Pete Dunmire
Dunmire has worked as a volunteer for the Summit Ski Team for for over 10 years. During his time as the President of the Board the membership as grown by over 50%. He ensured that the budget is solid to allow for the growth and maturity. He has made the JANS Winter Welcome a priority within our program and grown Summit Ski Teams gains three-fold. He also brought race events to the Summit Ski Team by hosting YSL and South Series races, while fostering a positive relationship with Canyons Resort. He provides good vision and leadership, keeping the the core values of having a team where family involvement is welcome and encouraged. He has put in untold hours and with amazing passion for creating a quality skiing experience for hundreds of kids in Park City and surrounding areas. He has done this tirelessly and all as a very unpaid volunteer .
2011: Russ Coburn
YWSA Board of Trustees 2002-2011. Coburn was one of the instrumental people involved in the formation of the Alliance. When the Olympics came to Park city in 2002, he, as the leader at JANS, was the driving force in creating the vision of where Park City Winter sports clubs should grow to produce elite level athletes. With his ability to network and magnetic personality, he was able to bring the community’s leaders together to join in his vision. The “old banker” in him recognized that teams needed financial backing in order to achieve their goals. Therefore, JANS annual fundraiser, the JANS winter welcome became the signature benefit to fund his dream. Going on its 31st year, JWW has raised millions of dollars for park city’s athletes.