Eleven organizations and four aspiring athletes from the Lake Placid region were awarded a combined total of $41,500 in grants from the Uihlein-Ironman Sports Fund at an awards ceremony at Heaven Hill Farm on Sunday, Sept. 29.
The Uihlein-Ironman Sports Fund of Lake Placid makes awards to local athletes competing at the regional, national, and international levels. Grants are also awarded to nonprofit organizations that promote participation in life-long summer and winter sports for local kids, promoting a healthy lifestyle and athletic excellence.
The fund was established at ACT in 2004 by the Henry Uihlein II and Mildred A. Uihlein Foundation and World Triathlon Corporation (formerly North America Sports Inc.). Awards are recommended annually by a committee of local residents and representatives from the sponsoring organizations.
With the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi on the horizon, the committee opted to award larger grants to four local Olympic hopefuls: Annelies Cook, biathlon; Jamie Greubel, bobsled; Peter Frenette, ski jumping; and Esther Munoz, speed-skating. The funds will be used to pay for training expenses as these athletes compete for the right to represent their country at the Olympics.
“Ironman is proud to be involved with the support of aspiring local Olympians as they prepare to compete at Sochi 2014,” said Jeff Edwards, vice president of North American Operations at World Triathlon Corporation. “Every four years, we devote a greater proportion of the annual Uihlein-Ironman Sports Fund grant money to these athletes as they embark upon their quest for international success. We look forward to tracking their progress this winter. Ironman is also excited to continue its support of the grassroots programs that nurture participation in youth sports as well as develop Olympians of the future.”
The New York Ski Education Foundation was awarded a grant which will be used by coaches in the Nordic, alpine and Nordic combined programs to support aspiring athletes.
Ten other local organizations received grants, including:
•Lake Placid Youth Athletic Association for hockey rink upgrades
•Friends of Mt. Pisgah for the youth ski program
•Dewey Mountain Friends for youth ski equipment
•Saranac Lake Nordic Ski Club for travel, equipment and training expenses
•YENGA (Saranac Lake Middle School) for the Learn to Ski program
•Petrova Elementary School for the Swim for Life and snowshoe programs
•Lake Placid Outing Club for equipment for water programs
•Town of Jay for Grove Park Wilderness Play Area
•Saranac Lake Pee Wee Hockey Association for safety equipment
•Tri-Lakes Youth Lacrosse for the beginner lacrosse program
“We are thrilled to provide support to these athletes as they strive to achieve their Olympic goals,” said Cali Brooks, ACT’s executive director. “We’re also proud to support these local nonprofits: They play a critical role in fostering a love of physical activity and the outdoors among Olympic region youngsters.”
For more information or to make a donation to the Uihlein-Ironman Sports Fund at ACT, call 523-9904 or visit generousact.org.