Steamboat Springs The recipient of this year's Hazie Werner Award for Excellence is a longtime Steamboat Springs resident who has helped the community’s youth excel in athletics as well as life.
Sarah Floyd will be presented with the award by Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. during a reception from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Haymaker Golf Course.
“All the things I have done in Steamboat have been with a great team of people,” Floyd said Wednesday. “There hasn’t been anything I’ve done alone.”
For the past 14 years, Floyd has been the director of athletics for the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club.
“She’s pretty much my favorite person in town,” said Rick DeVos, who worked alongside Floyd as the club’s executive director.
DeVos said Floyd has a very demanding job that requires her to make sure the 150 staff members and coaches are trained to develop the club’s 1,000 young athletes.
She also has the demanding task of trying to keep more than 2,000 parents happy.
“She’s super patient and she’s helped so many people, from kids to staff to parents,” DeVos said.
Floyd said it always is fun working with parents and kids.
“There is a lot of passion,” she said. “There is a lot of excitement. It’s never dull. It’s never the same.”
DeVos said Floyd was a big reason the Winter Sports Club has been recognized numerous times as the Club of the Year.
“She can take a lot of credit for everything that has happened there,” DeVos said.
The award Floyd is receiving is named after local legend Hazie Werner.
Floyd will be the 26th person to receive the award, which is given to a woman who, “through the pursuit of personal goals, has achieved a standard of excellence in her field.”
“Sarah has focused her professional career on the youth of the Yampa Valley,” Chris Diamond, president and chief operating officer of Ski Corp., said in a news release. “Through all her community giving, activism and personal determination, she embodies the can-do spirit and personal characteristics of Hazie Werner: hard working, welcoming, unassuming and generous to all who cross her path.”
Floyd said it was a tremendous honor to receive the award.
“I believe there are very, very many women in this community who also embody the same characteristics,” Floyd said. “There are many women in this community who volunteer to help kids. I’ve always done this as a career.”
Before going to the Winter Sports Club, Floyd was the manager of the Kids’ Vacation Center, or KVC, at Steamboat Ski Area. Current manager Lenny McNeill, who worked with Floyd at KVC, said on some days, Floyd would manage a program that saw more than 300 kids ages 6 and younger pass through each day.
“She took the program and really made it into a successful program,” McNeill said. “She was basically the foundation.”
Floyd is wonderful with children and extremely passionate about what she does, McNeill said. As a manager, she also makes good decisions.
“She’s very kindhearted, but she holds high standards,” McNeill said. “She’s always held the bar very high.”
DeVos also worked at the ski area with Floyd and said she was instrumental in helping establish Steamboat as a vacation destination for families.
“She’s really a major contributor to what Steamboat’s all about,” DeVos said.
Floyd has gotten to know hundreds of Steamboat’s families throughout the years.
“It’s really fun to see the growth and development of young people, and them coming back to the community, and to see what they contribute,” Floyd said. “That’s really rewarding.”
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