The YWSA receives two grants |

The YWSA receives two grants

Megan Yeiter, The Park Record

The Youth Winter Sports Alliance recently added to its ‘Dare to Dream’ Scholarship fund with grants from SelectHealth and The Park City Rotary Club.

Aimee Preston, YWSA executive director, said the donations will go toward the Get out and Play program, which she said is an after-school effort that supports children in winter sports activities.

She said the YWSA works with Park City Mountain Resort, Canyons, White Pine Touring and the Utah Olympic Park, along with Park City elementary schools.

Last year more than 75 kids applied for the Get out and Play ‘Dare to Dream’ scholarships.

"We’re working at building out the scholarship program, because there is a very big need for scholarships with all these amazing athletes," Preston said.

According to Preston there are more than 13 teams and 1,000 athletes involved in the Alliance’s scholarship programs. The YWSA has been funding athletes and sports teams in Park City for nine years.

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Preston said the YWSA’s three-tier scholarship program starts with beginner athletes, competitive level athletes and athletes entering national competitions requiring financial assistance.

The YWSA programs encourage healthy lifestyles for kids that she said are building blocks for life.

According to Preston, it’s a big award because it puts the YWSA in a category with the top nonprofit organizations of Utah.

"The Dare to Dream Scholarship Fund enables us to offer this to every child in our community regardless of their ability to pay. We are grateful to Park City Rotary and SelectHealth for partnering with us to allow these kids to dare to dream," Preston said.

The Alliance has also partnered with local schools to transport kids to their after-school activities.

Preston said the Park City Rotary Club donated the proceeds from Miners Day, this year on Sept. 5, to nonprofit organizations throughout the community.

"They do amazing things for our community and we want to let people know that we’re a part of that," she said.

Insa Riepen, co-chair of the Park City Rotary Club grants committee, said the club has been donating to local organizations for years.

"The organizations ask for scholarship donations and we are very much in favor of supporting scholarships for local use," she said.

Riepen said 100 percent of the Miners Day proceeds go towards nonprofit funding needs.

She encourages community members to participate in Miners Day in Sept., to help support local nonprofits.

Marcus Perry, public relations specialist at SelectHealth, said the company wants to support organizations that are trying to improve their community through health and wellness or by serving people with special needs.

Perry said SelectHealth chose 25 organizations throughout Utah and awarded each nonprofit $2,500.

Perry said the YWSA is unique because it gives kids access to physical education programs in their area.

"We just like that it gives these kids the opportunity to do things that they otherwise wouldn’t be able to do. And it’s starting those healthy habits at that age," he said.