Grant shared by AVSC national team athletes
U.S. Olympic Team members, Paralympians, an X Games skier and other next-generation athletes of the Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club are sharing a grant from an Aspen-based real estate firm that will help defray annual training expenses incurred at the world-class level.
Simi Hamilton and Noah Hoffman, U.S. Cross Country Team members and AVSC products who are on the 2014 U.S. Olympic Team, are among the athletes who will benefit from the three-year financial commitment provided by Coldwell Banker Mason Morse.
Each of the 10 AVSC alumni athletes who compete at the national team level will receive $2,500, said Mark Cole, AVSC’s executive director, as part of a $25,000 annual grant from the firm.
Adaptive: Chris Devlin Young, Jonathan Lujan and Melanie Schwartz.
Alpine: Katie Ryan, Wiley Maple.
Snowboard: Jordie Karlinski.
Freeski: Alex Ferreira.
Nordic: Noah Hoffman, Simi Hamilton and Michael Ward.
As part of the grant, the athletes have agreed to give back to AVSC, which provides ski and snowboard programs for more than 2,300 youth in the Roaring Fork Valley and Rifle area.
“For years, AVSC has wanted to do more to support our current and alumni athletes who compete on the national team level,” Cole said. “Coldwell Banker Mason Morse is making that possible.”
Annual training expenses that are unfunded by the U.S. Ski and Snowboard teams can easily exceed $30,000.
“It was a pleasure to contact these 10 athletes to let them know of their grants. The support makes a big difference for all of them,” Cole said.
The president of Coldwell Banker Mason Morse, Will Herndon, said the company is honored to offer assistance to help local athletes maximize their potential.
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