Young winter sports competitors continue to benefit from support coming from the nonprofit T2 Foundation. Some 30 athletes on the U.S. alpine, freestyle, and Nordic teams are current beneficiaries.
The group’s mission is to “help America’s elite skiers reach their dreams and to fuel the grassroots growth of the sport through organized events and programs which give back to the youth community.”
“We organize events and programs with our athletes to give back to the ski and youth community,” T2 Executive Director Marina Knight told SnoCountry.com as the North American Alpine World Cup swing is underway. “Our athletes work with their home programs and with larger organizations like the YMCA, Youth Enrichment Services of Boston, and the National Brotherhood of Skiers.
“We started the foundation to help fill a program funding gap from the U.S. Ski Team. Over the last few years, more and more athletes have been asked to pay anywhere between $4,000-$25,000 annually to compete with the team. This is obviously a huge burden for some families and in many ways a development stifler.”
Knight said the current funding gap for many up-and-coming skiers is creating a large financial burden placed squarely on the shoulders of athletes and their families. For many, a T2 Grant “is the difference between giving up on a dream, and being able to pursue it.”
Ski Team athletes who have benefitted from T2 support include World Cup and Olympic champion Hannah Kearney (freestyle) and Ted Ligety (alpine).
Among athletes currently receiving support including alpine skiers Colby Granstrom, Robby Kelley, Ryan Cochran-Siegle, Anna Marno and Hailey Duke; Freestyler Brad Wilson and cross-country skier Sophie Caldwell. A complete list of athletes receiving support is on the group’s website.
Donations are accepted online.
Photo: Robby Kelley, U.S. Ski Team (J. Selkowitz/Selko Photo)