LAKE PLACID — The Uihlein-Ironman Sports Fund (UISF) at Adirondack Foundation has awarded over $25,000 in grants to community organizations working to advance equity and access in local sports and recreation. In addition to the eight organizations receiving UISF grants this year, four scholarships totaling $4,750 were awarded to aspiring athletes from the Olympic Region.
“This fund has always strived to foster and promote life-long sports and healthy lifestyles for local kids,” said Mara Smith of the UISF Grant Committee. “Our recipients this year speak to the very heart of why the UISF was established. We live in a place rich with opportunities for outdoor recreation, but we sometimes take for granted the barriers that exist for many kids and families — barriers like the cost of gear and the baseline knowledge necessary to safely participate in certain activities. This committee continues to be heartened and excited by all the different individuals and organizations that work to create opportunities for growing access and participation to both the places and sports that are such important aspects of our communities.”