The Uihlein-Ironman Sports Fund of Adirondack Foundation awarded $34,250 in grants this year to 22 athletes and eight organizations. The grants were handed out at a ceremony for recipients and their families and friends on October 20 at Heaven Hill Farm in Lake Placid.
Uihlein-Ironman Sports Fund provides financial support to competitive athletes in the greater Lake Placid/Olympic Region with regional, national and international promise, as well as nonprofits, schools and community programs that introduce kids to competitive sports and healthy lifestyles.
Local mountain biker Adrian Hayden received funding to help him compete in races in the U.S. and Canada. A Saranac Lake High School junior, Hayden has competed in more than 70 downhill and enduro races since 2013 and earned a third-place finish this year at the USA Cycling national championships in Colorado. He has his sights on World Cup competitions.
Max Durtschi, a member of the National Biathlon Team who lives and trains in Lake Placid, received funding to help him return this season to the World Cup / World Championship circuit. He works as a teaching and research assistant at a hospital while also training and noted in his application that the greatest barrier between him and his athletic goals is financial.
The Tupper Lake downhill ski club received funding to help support its ski outings for middle high school students, including those who may be interested in skiing, but do not have the funds to try it out. This group is looking forward to day trips to Whiteface and Gore and one overnight trip outside of the Adirondacks.
The complete list of grant recipients and their respective sports is as follows:
· Katherine Broderick, alpine skiing
· Hunter Church, bobsled
· Marli Damp, Nordic skiing
· Max Durtschi, biathlon
· Kai Frantz, Nordic skiing
· Friends of Mt Pisgah, for ski lessons
· Brian Gardiner, freeskiing
· Tara Geraghty-Moats, Nordic combined
· Adrian Hayden, mountain biking
· Sean Hollander, luge
· Madison Kostoss, alpine skiing
· Lake Placid Elementary School, for mountain biking
· Lake Placid High School, for the cross-country running team
· Lake Placid Outing Club, for participation scholarships
· Van Ledger, biathlon
· Beckett Ledger, Nordic combined
· Sylvie Linck, Nordic skiing
· Nina Lussi, ski jumping
· Esther Munoz, speedskating
· New York Ski Educational Foundation, for the Nordic junior race program
· Rowen Norfolk, alpine skiing
· Paul Smith’s Visitor Interpretive Center, for winter sports equipment
· Karl Schulz, Nordic skiing
· Scott Schulz, Nordic skiing
· Sydney-Yu Terpening, speedskating
· Sonja Toishi, alpine skiing
· Tupper Lake Middle High School Downhill Ski Club
· Tupper Lake Youth Nordic Ski Development Club
· United States Luge Association, for its luge development program
· Andrew Van Slyke, alpine skiing
· Zachary Zientko, alpine skiing
Uihlein-Ironman Sports Fund was established at Adirondack Foundation in 2004 by the Henry Uihlein II and Mildred A. Uihlein Foundation and World Triathlon Corporation. It supports local athletes who aspire to compete on the international stage, as well as community organizations that promote participation in life-long summer and winter sports.
Grants are recommended annually by a committee of local residents and representatives from the sponsoring organizations. To date, the fund has awarded $438,293 in grants to 89 athletes, including 11 who have competed in the Olympics, and 26 community organizations, according to the Foundation.
More information is available on Adirondack Foundation’s website, or by calling (518) 523-9904.
Photo of Athletes and their families, coaches, and representatives from organizations that promote youth sports, provided by Adirondack Foundation.