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Dozens of SOS kids head to the SnowShow in Denver to honor Snowsports Industries of America president

DENVER — More than four dozen kids spent a weekend thanking one of the snowsports industry's most tireless youth programming advocates.

SOS Outreach kids were in Denver for the Snowsports Industries of America's annual confab, and to thank Snowsports Industries of America president David Ingemie for his decades of support for youth snow sports programming.

Together with the Chill Foundation, SOS presented Ingemie with the 2016 Social Impact Award in Youth Development.

"David is tireless in promoting snowsports, echoing SOS's own commitment to introducing at-risk youth to mountain activities. We have a true champion and leader in David," said Seth Ehrlich, SOS Outreach executive director.

The annual Youth Summit was Jan. 30, celebrating the outdoor industry's commitment to building the next generation of snowsports enthusiasts.

The Youth Summit welcomed more than 50 SOS and Chill participants from the Denver area to the SnowShow, experiencing the snow sports business world and helping them understand how the industry works, Erlich said.

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"For many, it also creates opportunities to practice public speaking; sharing the impact skiing and snowboarding has had on their lives and their desire to follow their passions," Ehrlich said.

The SnowShow was a perfect opportunity to help long-term SOS Outreach participants learn about potential careers.

"Being on the tradeshow floor gave them a chance to listen to industry reps, see the latest gear, ask questions and gain a better understanding of the opportunities to become involved in the world of outdoor sports," Ehrlich said.

Oren Tanzer, the Global Snow marketing director at Volcom, shared with the kids how passion and non-traditional paths can result in a future in the outdoor industry.

Moving the annual SnowSports Industries America trade show to Denver six years ago, has created a forum and opportunity for industry leaders to collaborate with organizations like SOS Outreach, Tanzer said.

"It's part of a plan to get America's youth off the couch, out of the city and into the great outdoors to experience life on the slopes," Tanzer said.

The trip to Denver came in the midst of the busiest program week in SOS Outreach history.

More than 1,274 underserved youth at 14 different mountain resorts in five states experienced skiing and snowboarding.

By the end of the program year, SOS will have introduced more than 5,000 youth to new, year-round adventure sports, and connected them with mentors and community activities.

SOS Outreach provides long-term engagement for at-risk youth ages 8 to 18. To learn more, visit http://www.sosoutreach.org, or call 970-926-9292.