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Record $126,000 awarded by Youth Sports Alliance

Scholarships aided winter athletes and after-school participants

Submitted by the Youth Sports Alliance

From left, Aimee Preston, the Youth Sports Alliances Executive Director, stands with Kaitlin Bubel and Max Carpenter, along with Caron Keim, the Immediate Past President of the Youth Sports Alliance Board. Bubel and Carpenter are graduating seniors at Park City High School this year and were selected as recipients of Youth Sports Alliance scholarships.

The Stein Eriksen Youth Sports Alliance Opportunity Endowment awarded a record $126,000 to Junior Athletes training with Youth Sports Alliance winter sports teams and local participants in Get Out & Play/ACTiV8, Youth Sports Alliance's after-school sports program. Seventy-eight thousand dollars in need-based training funds were granted to 57 athletes competing for Youth Sports Alliance's winter sports teams. This represents an 81 percent increase over 2015/16 spending to competitive athletes.

Two-hundred and eighty-one scholarships, totaling $38,000 in scholarship spending, were awarded to economically disadvantaged elementary and middle school students participating in Youth Sports Alliance's after-school programs. The endowment provides local youth with need-based scholarships to help alleviate training, equipment and travel expenses as well as underwrite fee-waivers for participants in Youth Sports Alliance's Get Out & Play and ACTiV8 after school learn-to sports programs.

New this year are two scholarships for high school seniors, fee waivers for Get Out & Play Core Value Award winners and two scholarships to the Picabo Street Academy (Value of Picabo Street Academy scholarships not included in Youth Sports Alliance scholarship total).

Caitlin Bubel from Park City Luge Club and Max Carpenter from the Park City Ski Team each were awarded $3,000 to use toward college tuition. High School seniors applying for these scholarships must have participated for a Youth Sports Alliance team for three of the past four years while maintaining a 3.5 grade point average.

Additionally, $4,000 in fee waivers will be awarded to 10 Get Out & Play Core Value Award winners to use for a future Get Out & Play or ACTiV8 programming.

Finally, Picabo Street Academy partnered with the Youth Sports Alliance to provide two scholarships to athletes pursuing their sports at levels conflicting with their schooling. This year's recipients of the Youth Sports Alliance Picabo Street Academy scholarships are Tay Polster from the Park City Ski Team and Zach Mazzie from the Wasatch Luge Club.

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Travel funding is a critical part of Endowment spending. Early Qualifying events for the 2018 Olympics are already underway. Thirty-eight alumni of Youth Sports Alliance's nine winter sports teams are competing for Team USA in several different winter sport disciplines, including four who benefitted from Youth Sports Alliance scholarship funding.

Eighteen alumni from local programs competed in the 2014 Winter Olympics winning five medals, including one receiving training funds from the Youth Sports Alliance. If Park City were competing as its own country in the Sochi games, it would have tied with France, Austria and Poland for ninth place in the medal standings.

The Youth Sports Alliance supports winter sport activities for youth in Summit and Wasatch counties, promoting good sportsmanship and healthy lifestyles through participation, education and competition. Our children learn about commitment, respect and hard work. The Alliance raises funds for its six affiliated sports teams and runs the Get Out & Play after school program.

Youth Sports Alliance member teams include: Figure Skating Club of Park City, G-Force Bobsled & Skeleton, Park City Ice Miners, Park City Speed Skating Club, Wasatch Freestyle Foundation, Wasatch Luge Club and the newly formed Park City Ski & Snowboard Club made up of Fly Freestyle, Park City Nordic Ski Club, Park City Ski Team, Summit Ski Team and Team Park City United.