SOS Outreach changing lives of at-risk youth on ski slopes
Ryan Summerlin February 26, 2014
AVON – If you are a skier or a snowboarder, you know it is an expensive sport. The economic barriers to entry mean that snowsports are a predominantly “rich white kid” sport; very few minority and low income populations are able to participate. SOS Outreach is trying to change that. With programs at 32 ski resorts nationally, SOS is a youth development nonprofit that is helping change the face of snowsports by providing gear, lift tickets and instruction to 5,000 at-risk youth annually.
In February, 950 SOS students hit the slopes at Vail, Breckenridge, the Summit at Snoqualmie, Heavenly Mountain, Mt. Hood Meadows and so many others. Nearly 400 of those are participants in University, SOS’s long-term leadership development curriculum.
SOS’s students come from a variety of backgrounds. But regardless of their struggles, all students are equal as they learn to ski or ride and learn SOS’s core values.
Watch for SOS groups on the hill throughout the rest of the season as they adhere to the motto: “Spread the love.”