Vail Valley Foundation athlete funding applications due Nov. 14
VAIL — Vail Valley’s athletes are reminded that applications for winter funding from the Vail Valley Athlete Commission must be submitted by Friday.
To be considered for Athlete Commission funding, a competitor must be a minimum of 15 years of age; participate in international competition, outside of North America; be a resident of the Vail Valley for a minimum of three years; and apply as an individual, rather than a team. Applicants will be notified of their status Nov. 24 and funds will be distributed in December.
“The funds that we have been able to distribute since the Athlete Commission was created 18 years ago have truly made a difference for many of our locals athletes,” said Jennifer Mason, director of operations for the Vail Valley Foundation. “These annual grants have provided them with the opportunity to accomplish their goals, rewarding those countless hours of training and dedication that it takes to be competitive at an international level.”
Conceived by local resident Pepi Gramshammer in 1997 and supported by the Vail Valley Foundation, Vail Resorts and the town of Vail, the Vail Valley Athlete Commission is dedicated to providing financial support for individuals competing in an international arena.
Since its inception, the Vail Valley Athlete Commission has also provided funding to numerous local athletes, including Lindsey Vonn, Josiah Middaugh, Toby Dawson, Chad Fleischer, Sarah Schleper, Stacia Hookum, Chris Doyle and Mike Kloser.
Last winter’s eight recipients included freestyle skier Heidi Kloser, freeskier Taylor Seaton, alpine racer Erika Ghent, U.S. Disabled Team skier Ralph Green and Nordic skier Sylvan Ellefson.
Winter Athlete Commission applications may be obtained by emailing Jennifer Mason, director of operations, at email@example.com. Forms may also be picked up at the Vail Valley Foundation offices in Avon. All forms should be submitted to the foundation at P.O. Box 309, Vail, CO 81658, to the attention of Jennifer Mason. For additional information, contact the foundation at 970-777-2015.