Thursday, December 25, 2003
The Steamboat Ski Corp.'s annual Scholarship Day raised a record $69,705 from opening day ticket proceeds for the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club's Scholarship Fund. The club introduces hundreds of young area athletes to competitive skiing disciplines.
"This year's record Scholarship Day amount demonstrates the true spirit of Ski Town USA," said Chris Diamond, president of Steamboat Ski Corp. "We can't thank the community enough for their continued support of Scholarship Day and the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club."
Diamond observed that an abundance of early snow helped boost this year's proceeds.
For the past 91 years, the Winter Sports Club has been providing opportunities for young athletes to achieve their personal goals through participation in winter sports. The SSWSC places as much emphasis on instilling desirable values in youngsters as it does on the competitive aspects of its program, according to its leadership. The club is one of the largest and oldest winter clubs in the country and was recognized as the USSA Club of the Year in 1999. It is one of the main reasons Steamboat enjoys a reputation as Ski Town USA.
"The record amount of money raised from this year's Scholarship Day will go a long way in helping as many families in Routt County as possible participate in our program," said Rick DeVos, executive director of the Winter Sports Club. "The SSWSC currently works with more than 750 kids in the valley and over the club's history has touched the lives of 16,000 children and young adults."
The $69,705 in lift ticket revenue from Scholarship Day benefits the Winter Sports Club's Scholarship Fund. This fund provides financial support for deserving children participating in club programs. The Scholarship program, which dates back to the early 1990s, has raised an average of more than $30,000 per year or more than $394,000 over the past 13 years.
"We're thankful and proud that the Steamboat Ski Area continues to contribute so much to the community and the Winter Sports Club," said DeVos. "The Club could not operate without the support of the Steamboat Ski Corp. In addition to Scholarship Day, the resort supplies lift tickets, season passes, early on-snow training, race crew resources and hosts numerous races in a variety of disciplines throughout the season."