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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