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Over-the-Hill Gang keeps up tradition

For the past 10 years, Steamboat’s Over-the-Hill Gang has been providing promising young skiers with some of the financial assistance they need to pursue their goals on snow — and ice.

“Our emphases is on potential,” said Pat Aljanich. “Sure, we look at the applicants transcripts, and how they plan to use the funds. But we also look at their promise and where they are headed with their sport.”

Last year, the Gang handed out more than $9,000 to 15 promising athletes. They were: Katie Conrath, Robyn Dye, Cory McConnell, Davis Johnson, Paul Innes, David Manthei, Caterina Mader, Gina Gmeiner, Sarah MacCarthy, Alex Glueck, Michael Gleason, Marsh Gooding, Korie and Kyle Steitz. Figure skater Jenny Spencer also earned assistance.

The athletes were free to use the money to pay for just about anything associated with the pursuit of their sports, including coaching, equipment, entry fees, lodging and travel.

“It’s expensive to pursue these winter sports,” Aljanich said. “We just want to offer these terrific young people an opportunity and the support they need.”

This year, the deadline to apply for financial assistance is Nov. 15.

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Applicants must be between 14 and 22 years old and must be a student or a graduate of a school in Routt County or a Routt County resident for a minimum of two years.

Athletes can win the award only three times, and they must complete applications with questions about previous accomplishments, athletic and non-athletic; athletic goals; financial requirements; and intended use of the money.

The application also should include a letter of introduction, two letters of recommendation and the athlete’s academic records.

Applications can be picked up at all Routt County high schools, Steamboat Springs Middle Sch–ool, Lowell Whiteman School and the Christian Heritage sch–ools.

The amount of financial assistance available to each athlete varies depending on need, but athletes can earn as much as $1,000 for the season.

Applications are also available at Colorado Mountain College and the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club.

Applications must be completed and submitted by Nov. 15. Awards will be announced in December. For more information, call Pat Aljanich at 879-5784 or Kay Burch at 879-6070.

— To reach John F. Russell, call 871-4209

or e-mail jrussell@steamboatpilot.com