Inaugural U.S. Freeski & Snowboard Team Fundraiser
Fresh off the Aspen 2021 FIS Snowboard and Freeski World Championships, U.S. Ski & Snowboard alumni Tricia Brynes and Trace Worthington gathered at the iconic Buttermilk slopestyle and halfpipe venues in Aspen, Colo. for the inaugural team fundraiser, hitting the team goal and raising over $50,000.
All funds raised through this fundraiser are used as a means for athletes to help offset travel and training costs. Unfortunately, there was no in-person fundraising event this year, but instead, a virtual event hosted through Facebook Live. Although in person gatherings are greatly missed, having a virtual event had its benefits, as freeski and snowboard supporters from across the globe had the opportunity to join in the fun.
Worthington, who was stationed below the Buttermilk halfpipe, and Brynes, stationed on the final jump of the slopestyle course, began the event by talking about what support means for these athletes and what it meant to them during their competitive careers. They were then joined by Olympic silver medalist and original U.S. Freeski Team member Devin Logan, who shared a little about the support she has received throughout her career and how fundraising makes such a positive impact on athletes like herself.
Those who watched were encouraged to give a donation, while those who were unable to virtually attend had the option to donate online or bid on unique auction items, including a Taylor Gold exclusive snowboard signed by the entire U.S. Snowboard Halfpipe Team, Spyder freeski team gear, as well as some of Logan’s outerwear from the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games. Through donations and the silent auction, the Team had an amazing first year, raising over $50,000!
These gifts have a direct impact on our mission of supporting athletes in achieving excellence and becoming Best in the World. The U.S. Freeski & Snowboard Teams wrapped up their weekend in Aspen with the Land Rover U.S. Grand Prix, the first Olympic qualifying event of the season, and both teams put on a show, taking one step closer to the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympic Games.
The U.S. Ski & Snowboard Foundation is the non-profit fundraising arm of U.S. Ski & Snowboard. To support our athletes on their quest to become the Best in the World, please click here to donate!