Sports nonprofits to participate in Live PC Give PC |

Sports nonprofits to participate in Live PC Give PC

On Friday, Nov. 8, Live PC Give PC returns for its third year. Many local nonprofit organizations will participate in the event, which gives locals the opportunity to donate to worthy causes in a fun environment. Several sports-related nonprofits will be joining the festivities.

National Ability Center

The National Ability Center serves children and adults of all abilities, providing equipment and instruction in adaptive sports. The organization relies heavily on funding provided by Live PC Give PC to keep several major programs running.

Along with a general donation fund, this year will feature a new way to give, according to PR and outreach coordinator Claire Wiley.

"We’re giving people the opportunity to designate their donations toward our military programs," she said. "We serve nearly 1,000 service-related members annually."

Partnerships with the Wounded Warrior Project and several other military-based groups are something the National Ability Center hopes to continue to develop and expand, and donations via Live PC Give PC will help.

Stop by Starbucks on Park Avenue throughout the day on Friday to get more information about the National Ability Center and its many programs.

Axis Freeride

For small nonprofit organizations like Axis Freeride, which provides access to young athletes who are interested in recreational and competitive freeskiing, Live PC Give PC is a crucial fundraising opportunity.

"It basically allows us to keep our prices as low as we possibly can," executive director Chris "Hatch" Haslock said. "It helps us keep ourselves in the black and deal with things we weren’t able to foresee coming up."

Axis Freeride will use the money raised to award scholarships to children who might not otherwise be able to afford access to freeskiing.

Haslock said Friday is a day his organization looks forward to every year.

"It’s worked out really well for us as far as fundraising goes," he said. "We’re a small nonprofit, so to create this kind of enthusiasm and energy around a single event is difficult for us. This has been really helpful."

This year, the first $9,000 of donations to Axis Freeride will be matched by grants the organization has received. Haslock said he hopes the fact that donors can essentially double their giving will drive more money to the group.

"We hope to be in contention for the small nonprofit most donors award," he said.

Park City Freestyle Ski Team

Driving kids to faraway ski events is no easy task for parents. That’s why the Park City Freestyle Ski Team is hoping to raise money for a team van during Live PC Give PC this year.

"We want to take that burden away from the families," Mick Berry, the team’s director, said. "I’m doing a lot of research on team vans right now."

The team is hoping the Live PC Give PC donations help it achieve that goal.

"Most likely, if we can raise about $15,000, we can get a solid used van or a great down payment on a new one," Berry said.

The Park City Freestyle team and The Speedy Foundation will be at Cole Sport on Friday to meet and greet potential donors.

"We’ll be celebrating the winter seasons coming up and promoting athletes," Berry said.

Youth Sports Alliance

The Youth Sports Alliance "YSA" helps grant youths the opportunity to participate in winter sports. By partnering with Park City’s three ski resorts, the Park City Ice Arena and White Pine Touring, the YSA is able to offer winter sports programs at greatly-reduced prices.

But, some children still can’t afford the programs, even at the reduced costs. So the YSA awards ‘Dare to Dream’ scholarships to needy children, encouraging them to get active.

Last year, the YSA’s Get Out and Play program, available to elementary school children in the community, served 168 local children, a number executive director Aimee Preston wants to increase this winter.

"We’d love to get more kids out there," she said. "We know there are more kids that deserve to play."

Preston said YSA members will be out and about in Kimball Junction on Friday.

"We’re going to be at the Silver Bean Coffee Shop," she said. "We’ll be there for a cup of coffee if anyone wants to stop by and learn more."

Other Sports Nonprofits

In addition to the four nonprofits highlighted here, several other sports-related organizations are participating in Live PC Give PC. The list includes: Alf Engen Ski Museum Foundation, GurlFytrz, Park City Karate Booster Club, Park City Sailing Association, Park City Ski Education Foundation, The Speedy Foundation, Team Utah Snowboarding, Inc., Utah Olympic Legacy Foundation, Wasatch Freestyle Foundation, Winter Sports School and YMCA of Northern Utah.

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