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Charity ski race to help inner city kids learn to ski

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All, if this is too spammy, feel free to nuke this post, but I figured good cause, and skiing related, so what the heck.

 

I am doing a charity ski race this Sat., 3/21 called the Mass Snow Challenge to benefit Youth Enrichment Services (www.yeskids.org). Y.E.S. basically takes groups of at-risk kids and puts them on skis & snowboards and introduces them to the winter sports we all love.  They do some summer stuff too, but it was basically started by a guy from Harlem who learned to ski, and wanted to pass it on.

 

Anyway, I have a sponsorship/donation page at http://www.firstgiving.com/lancegomes (FirstGiving.com basically keeps the money out of my grubby hands, so that you don't have to worry about me keeping it!). If anyone wants to drop by and donate a beer or two's worth to share the love, that would be great.

 

Thanks,
-Lance

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I am doing a charity ski race this Sat., 3/21 called the Mass Snow Challenge to benefit Youth Enrichment Services (www.yeskids.org). Y.E.S. basically takes groups of at-risk kids and puts them on skis & snowboards and introduces them to the winter sports we all love.  They do some summer stuff too, but it was basically started by a guy from Harlem who learned to ski, and wanted to pass it on.

Nice.  You should post where. I see it's in the link but put it in the post.

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thanks, Tog.  Yep, kinda had a brain freeze on listing the location!  It is at wachusetts in MA, and they will take walk-on racers if someone wants to just show up.  Donation to race is $80, and the race starts at 10:30am.

 

It is a pretty low-key, laid-back nastar-style affair.  If you are looking for hardcore gates, this isn't that race.  :-)

 

sorry for the last second reply! 

 

-Lance

 

post #4 of 10

 I'm a huge believer in trying to inspire kids to ski.  I've witnessed some kids gain confidence and social skills through a similar program that I work with.

Kudos to you for your efforts to inspire a new generation!

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Kudos to you for your efforts to inspire a new generation!

 

+1

 

Awesome!

 

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+2 Totally awesome!

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Please don't take this the wrong way. I know the intention is admirable but I always am a bit confused by such programs. Skiing is just way too expensive an activity for inner city families or kids and I always wonder why such programs exist. I would think introducing the kids to Cross-Country skiing or something the kids can do realitvely cheaply with just some used equipment would be a better option. 

 

I know the initial introduction is free, but $75 lift tickets, rental fees, and transportation to the hills is pretty much totally out of the realm of almost anyone who lives in the innter city.

 

 

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+3 Props.

 

Kids should be exposed to everything. You never know what will connect.

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Please don't take this the wrong way. I know the intention is admirable but I always am a bit confused by such programs. Skiing is just way too expensive an activity for inner city families or kids and I always wonder why such programs exist. I would think introducing the kids to Cross-Country skiing or something the kids can do realitvely cheaply with just some used equipment would be a better option. 

 

I know the initial introduction is free, but $75 lift tickets, rental fees, and transportation to the hills is pretty much totally out of the realm of almost anyone who lives in the innter city.

 

 

Well maybe HoseB will come back on and address this issue.  I basically agree with what you're saying, and actually bypassed doing something like that  for your reasons. I don't know that it's necessarily better to not expose them though just because they can't afford it now.  In some ways by giving into that idea you are saying they will never be able to afford it .  Should they not be exposed to cars because they can't afford them now?

I suppose it comes down to what one's intent is. Clearly yeskids does not have the intent by taking kids skiing of "see what you can't have".  Although I know nothing about the organization, it seems focused on making positive changes for under advantaged kids and uses skiing/snowboarding as a means of that.

 

From their website:

http://www.yeskids.org/


 

Yes Kids take our programs seriously. For all YES participants, there are crystal-clear rules. If they are not adhered to, students lose the privilege of participation in our activities. For more involved kids, we have a system of increasing responsibility. A good YES Kid becomes a weekly Junior Volunteer, who becomes a ski mechanic, who becomes a ski or snowboard instructor. After training with us, we are often able to place our participants in jobs at local stores, businesses, and the service industry.

Our Impact? YES programs have facilitated success experiences, taught job readiness skills, and inspired teamwork. Harvard Business School recently evaluated the socioeconomic impact of YES on Boston youth and found...

  • 90% of YES alumni graduated High School
  • 50% of YES alumni go onto college
  • 1 of every 4 alumni continue to ski and average of 3 days per year for an average of 10 years
  • YES Alumni generate over 12,500 skier days per year for the ski industry
  • YES delivers services in a cost effective manner

 

 

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I hope my post didn't come accross in the wrong way. I volunteer my time working with inner city youth and am also a Big Brother. It's always good to have programs that get kids involved in new things.

 

I am also a skier who enjoys the sport, so I know the sport can be very expensive at times and requires a disposable income if you plan on doing it regularly and don't live out West and hike for your turns.  I therefore question the practicality or pragmatic value of showing kids out East something fun that most of them cannot afford -- kind of like showing them how the 'other half' lives.

 

I am just speaking from my experience though. I deal with very poor inner city kids, many of whom cannot afford lunch programs without assistance and their families are on special programs with the utility company. If we told the organization we wanted to take the kids skiing, the group exec might laugh a bit, and the families might ask that the money be donated instead to a program that helps the kids pay for their lunches at school.

 

 

 

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