Home to the 2002 Winter Olympics, Park City is a world-class training ground for athletes competing at the highest level. For Park City youth, the allure of snow sports can be very exciting. However, from gear to proper training, participation in winter sports is expensive. Youth Sports Alliance (YSA) makes pursuing winter sports possible for thousands of youth each year. YSA supports seven competitive winter sports teams, after school programs, and scholarships for junior athletes. The non-profit gives kids an opportunity to pursue their sports dreams while teaching them sportsmanship, optimism, and the power of teamwork.
Over the past decade, Stein Eriksen Lodge has made a cash donation to YSA each year to support their noble efforts. In 2014, an endowment fund was created in Stein Eriksen’s name. The vision for this endowment was to provide the opportunity for every child to experience winter sports.
At the endowment's launch, Eriksen noted, "It is an honor to help support the athletic dreams of Park City's youth. My life's passion and work has been about the outdoors, sportsmanship, and perseverance, and it is rewarding to be able to help make this lifestyle a reality for the young members of our community. I hope to encourage the benefits of teamwork and camaraderie and inspire our local youth to excel in the sports they love."
By 2016, that endowment reached $2 million dollars, and it continues to grow. The Lodge has been a major contributor to this effort, and it’s a privilege to witness the impact this endowment has on so many young athletes. In addition to the endowment, we are delighted to host Jans Winter Welcome in our luxurious ballroom each year to ensure they will always have a beautiful space to hold this annual charity event. We just hosted the 38th Annual Jans Winter Welcome last month. These efforts raised over $400,000 to support teams and fund scholarships for junior athletes.
It’s never too late to support youth winter sports programs. Visit the YSA website to learn more, or participate in the annual Live PC Give PC fundraising event. This one-day community event celebrates the spirit of giving for 24 hours. This year’s Live PC Give PC event is all day on Friday, November 9, 2018. The YSA is one of many incredible nonprofits participating in the fundraiser. Learn how you can join in and give back to the local community today.