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Go for the gold at Jupiter Bowl

Alisha Self, Of the Record staff

If watching the Opening Ceremonies for the 2010 Winter Games on Feb. 12 is bound to make you nostalgic for the festivities of 2002, you may be able to satiate the yearning to be in Vancouver with a little help from The Winter Sports School (WSS).

On Thursday, Feb. 11, the private nonprofit high school that caters to winter athletes will host a "Night Before the Opening Ceremonies" party at Jupiter Bowl from 6:30 until 9:30 p.m.

According to WSS Development Director Julie Bernhard, the purpose of the event is to celebrate the start of the Olympics while supporting Park City’s young winter athletes.

All proceeds from the community event will benefit the Winter Sports School Scholarship Fund, which enables students from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds to continue to train and compete in the winter while attending school through the remainder of the year.

Last year, the fund awarded more than $80,000 in scholarships to 22 deserving students. The scholarships help extend athletic and educational opportunities to a wide range of students, creating culturally rich learning experiences for all attendees.

The WSS isn’t just for winter athletes, Bernhard notes. Its students are involved in a wide range of activities, from professional golf to theatre arts. "When it comes down to it, it’s for all students," she says. "It’s for dedicated athletes, but it’s also for dedicated artists, performers and others."

The vision of WSS is to become one of the leading college preparatory schools for winter sports athletes worldwide. One of its primary goals is to be able to provide financial aid to students who demonstrate dedication to both academics and athletics.

Through its need-based financial aid and scholarship programs, Bernhard explains, the WSS has made attendance possible for students regardless of their financial situations.

The school recently provided financial aid to a student whose parents had previously worked for WSS janitorial services. Thanks in part to money raised in the community, the school was able to provide the means for this student to attend and benefit from the education offered by the Winter Sports School. "The school provided that student with motivation and opportunities to not only compete at a high level athletically, but more importantly prepared that student to be competitive in a collegiate setting," Bernhard wrote in a statement.

"The Winter Sports School is proud of stories like that," commented Head of School Rob Clayton. "We need and appreciate community support of our fundraisers to allow us to continue providing opportunities to young people in the Park City area."

The Night Before the Opening Ceremonies party will combine the excitement for the Winter Games with activities at one of Park City’s newest family-friendly spots. Guests will be treated to bowling, food and beverages, and have the opportunity to bid on items in silent and live auctions.

Tickets to the event are $100 per adult and $25 per child (for up to two kids ages 17 and under when accompanied by an adult). The cost for admission is considered a tax-deductible donation.

Jupiter Bowl in located in the Newpark Town Center at 1090 Center Drive. For tickets, please call Megan at 649-8760 or email mdever@wintersportsschool.org .

For more information about The Winter Sports School, visit http://www.wintersportsschool.org or call 649-8760.

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