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The Killington World Cup Committee (KWCC), created in response to the Audi FIS Women’s Ski World Cup’s two-year commitment to Killington Resort and the Northeast, has announced it will award grants to qualifying 501(c)3 organizations to facilitate competition and training infrastructure, and to increase participation in winter sports programs throughout the Northeast for youth and athletes with disabilities. The application deadline for the first grant cycle is Jan. 15, 2018.

“Our goal is to support those organizations who want to see our young athletes in the Northeast thrive and become life-long participants in winter sports,” said Phill Gross, KWCC committee member and U.S. Ski & Snowboard board trustee. “It is critical to support these programs in order to encourage and grow participants in winter sports and to support the dreams and aspirations of young athletes. The women on the World Cup circuit are incredible role models, and we are excited to have their visit to Killington for the World Cup lead to an opportunity to grow and enhance winter sports programs in the region.”

This grant program was established to assist in enhancing the permanent ski and snowboard racing and training infrastructure in the Northeast, to enable athletes from the Northeast to access superior training facilities, programs and competitions in the region, and to increase access to winter sports for all youth and athletes with disabilities.

A portion of the monies raised through the sale of premium VIP Packages to the World Cup at Killington Resort Nov. 25-26 will be the platform for the first round of grants. At press time, approximately $300,000 has been raised so far this year, and the committee hopes to raise an additional $100,000 before the January 15 deadline.

“Sales from these packages and direct donations are going to support something much larger than just the World Cup,” said Gross. “Monies raised will help to grow youth development programs and participation in ski resort communities and their surrounding towns throughout the Northeast.”

Grant applications will be reviewed by a committee that will include: Tiger Shaw, CEO of the U.S. Ski & Snowboard; Tom Karam, founder of T2 Foundation and a U.S. Ski & Snowboard trustee; Tao Smith, Head of School at Killington Mountain School and VARA President; Grace Macomber Bird, Volunteer, Kelly Brush Foundation; Harry Ryan, Ryan, Smith & Carbine, Ltd.; and representation from other Northeast ski academies/programs, and regional community representatives. This grant committee will make recommendations to the KWCC. The KWCC will approve the funding awards. Planning Grant awards will be announced on March 15, 2018. Funding begins June 30, 2018.

“We are encouraging all nonprofits that have a direct relationship to winter sports and young athletes to apply,” said Smith. “This opportunity is not just for traditional ski academies, but also for local school programs near ski resorts, who want to provide afternoon skiing access, ski clubs and their foundations, adaptive sports programs, town recreation departments. The ideas are endless. Any and all qualified 501(c)3 organizations are encouraged to apply.”

Prospective grant recipients must be from the following states: Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, and North Carolina. Grants will be made once a year.

To apply for a grant from the first cycle, organizations should submit an application online https://www.killingtonmountainschool.org/kwcc-grants.

A limited number of premium VIP Packages to raise funds toward this effort are still available. Packages include Killington World Cup VIP-venue event tickets, VIP access to transportation and parking, unrestricted Killington lift tickets, tickets to the Killington World Cup Peak Gala honoring the 1968 Alpine Olympic Team on Friday evening, Nov. 24, at the Killington Peak Lodge, plus other benefits. Packages start at $5,000 and support the grant program.

For more information or to purchase a premium VIP package or to make a direct donation to KWCC, go to www.killingtonmountainschool.org/kwcc. You may also contact Lynn Boynton, 802.422.5671;216, kwcc@killingtonmountainschool.org with questions about the grant process or VIP Packages.

Release courtesy of Killington World Cup Committee

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