Brotherhood of Skiers holds birthday in Breck’ |

Brotherhood of Skiers holds birthday in Breck’

Daily Staff Report
Vail, CO Colorado

BRECKENRIDGE, Colorado ” The National Brotherhood of Skiers ” one of the largest winter sports organizations in the United States – will celebrate its 35th anniversary in Breckenridge next year.

The organization’s 2008 Annual Meeting and Challenge Cup is expected to bring more than 2,000 African American skiers representing 77 clubs from across the country to the Summit County resort.

Eents and activities include opening ceremonies, races, receptions, hip hop parties, youth gatherings, annual and regional meetings, fundraisers and more.

“There are many precious and endearing moments to celebrate and we could not have selected a more beautiful and pristine location than Breckenridge to celebrate our 35th Anniversary,” said Rose Thomas Pickrum, president of the National Brotherhood of Skiers.

The purpose of the annual meeting is to demonstrate African American representation in winter sports and raise money for the organization’s Olympic Scholarship Fund. The group’s goal is to increase the number of African Americans competing in the winter games.

“Breckenridge has a history of propelling new sports and teams of athletes into future Olympic competitions,” said Lucy Kay, chief operating officer of Breckenridge Ski Resort.

The National Brotherhood of Skiers was founded in 1973 and chartered in 1974 by 13 African American ski clubs. Since that time, the organization has grown to over 77 clubs with a membership of more than 8,000 adults and youth.

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