Monday, October 22, 2018

Grants Support Winter Sports Athletes

grant award winners at Heaven Hill Farm in Lake PlacidThe Uihlein-Ironman Sports Fund, a component fund of Adirondack Foundation, awarded $41,650 in grants this year to 17 athletes and nine organizations in the Tri-Lakes region.

The awards were handed out at a ceremony for recipients and their families and friends on October 14 at Heaven Hill Farm in Lake Placid.

Brothers Beckett and Van Ledger accepted their awards in person, joined by parents and extended family. Funding will help Beckett with travel expenses as he competes in Nordic combined (ski jumping and Nordic skiing) for the U.S. Junior National Team with the goal of earning enough points this season to qualify for the Senior World Championships. Van will use his funding to travel to Utah for the Youth and Jr. World Competition Trials in biathlon, with hopes of traveling to Slovakia to compete internationally.

Coach Bill Peer and four current players accepted their award on behalf of the recently merged Saranac Lake Placid varsity girls hockey team. Funding will help build an identity for the combined team.

The complete list of individual grant recipients and their respective sport is as follows:

· Marli Damp, Nordic skiing
· Cecily Decker, Alpine skiing
· Kai Frantz, Nordic skiing
· Brian Gardiner, freestyle skiing
· Tara Geraghty-Moats, Nordic combined
· Lucy Hochschartner, Nordic skiing
· Sean Hollander, luge
· Beckett Ledger, Nordic combined
· Van Ledger, biathlon
· Nina Lussi, ski jumping
· Henry McGrew, Nordic skiing
· Esther Munoz, speedskating
· Karl Schulz, Nordic skiing
· Scott Schulz, Nordic skiing
· Duncan Segger, luge
· Michael Skutt, Nordic skiing
· Sydney-Yu Terpening, speedskating

Community organizations receiving support this year include:

· Dewey Mountain Friends -Saranac Lake Rotary Foundation, Inc., to purchase mountain bikes for youth programs
· Lake Placid Outing Club, to support Epic Trip Program funding
· Lake Placid Youth Athletic Association, to help create a unified team identity for joint Lake Placid and Saranac Lake youth hockey
· Paul Smith’s College VIC, to help purchase winter sports equipment
· Saranac Lake Pee Wee Hockey Association, to support free Learn to Skate and Learn to Play programs
· Saranac Lake Placid Girls Varsity Hockey, to help promote the merged identity for high school athletes from Saranac Lake, Tupper Lake, and Lake Placid
· Tupper Lake Central School District, to offset expenses for the Middle and High School Downhill Ski Club
· Tupper Lake Youth Nordic Ski Development Club, to help with transportation, equipment and instruction

For more information, click here or call (518) 523-9904.

Photo of grant award winners at Heaven Hill Farm in Lake Placid provided by Adirondack Foundation.

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