Letters: Youth Sports Alliance grateful for community’s support of Olympians
April 12, 2018
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YSA grateful for community support
Forty Olympians and Paralympians, a marching band, cheerleaders and kids with big dreams paraded down Main Street last week to celebrate the success of our PyeongChang athletes and recognize the accomplishments of Utah's athletes from past Games. On behalf of the Youth Sports Alliance, I would like to thank the Park City community for their support of the 2018 YSA Park City Nation Olympic & Paralympic parade! This celebration, truly unique in the nation for the numbers of Olympians and Paralympians participating, was a great success due to community support, local sponsors, volunteers, and donors. We thank all of you who braved the mountain weather to celebrate our Olympians and inspire the next generation of Park City Nation.
Foremost, thank you to our gold level sponsors: Jaybird, Silver Star Ski & Sport, Park City Signs, The Bridge Café & Grill, and Zions Bank. Thank you concert sponsor Thin Air. These sponsors and other local businesses underwrote the cost of the event so that all the funds raised at the parade went directly to support our mission of keeping kids active!
The Youth Sports Alliance is a nonprofit organization, that organizes the after-school Get Out & Play and ACTiV8 Programs, serves seven different winter sports clubs, and provides scholarships through our Stein Eriksen YSA Opportunity Endowment. Throughout the year we touch the lives of over 2700 youth in the greater Park City area. Participants learn about commitment and hard work, as well as sportsmanship and respect. Whether recreational participants or elite athletes, involvement in sports programs builds character in a positive, structured environment.
Youth Sports Alliance executive director