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Adopt an Athlete!

Mon, Aug  13, 2007 - By CXC Skiing

Central Cross Country Ski Association is pleased to announce the “Adopt an Athlete” program. It is directed toward the support of CXC Ski Team athletes in their drive for national and international excellence.

Any individual, business, group of enthusiasts, ski club, or store may adopt a CXC Ski Team athlete. Support helps to offset the cost of their food and lodging, training, travel and racing expenses throughout the year. Athletes will then be available for interaction with sponsors through social events, logo or name on the uniform, website and other functions.

By Adopting an Athlete, support will be provided to the future leaders of our community. We already have one athlete adopted by Becker Law Office, even before the program is launched. This is an outstanding opportunity for anyone to support young talented and passionate athletes,” commented Yuriy Gusev, CXC Skiing Chief Executive Officer.

What is the Adopt an Athlete program?

CXC has developed the Adopt an Athlete program to provide financial assistance for the CXC Ski Team Olympic Development athletes. This financial aid is a key to the continuation of sport excellence. It will assist today’s motivated and talented athletes in their journey to become tomorrow’s leaders.

Why should I adopt an athlete?

The cost of post-collegiate athlete expenses is very significant. CXC Team athletes make an enormous commitment to CXC Ski Team and to the ski community by dedicating countless hours for conducting community educational clinics and for practice and training time throughout the year.

By adopting an athlete, individuals will be supporting the future leaders of our community. Support will benefit athletes by making the financial burden of post-collegiate racing career a little easier to manage.

Is my support tax deductible?

Financial support is tax deductible. You will receive a 501.c.3 tax receipt for the total amount of your donation. One hundred percent of donated money will directly support the athletes.

What does a sponsor receive?

  • Sponsor name recognized on the CXC web site
  • Sponsor name recognized on the athlete's race and warm up suit
  • Ability to invite athlete to sponsor's social events
  • Invitation to CXC VIP dinner at the Birkie
  • Ability to use CXC Skiing logo and athlete’s name

How much does it cost to adopt one athlete?

  • $6,980.00

What does it cover?

  • Full time professional coaching
  • Equipment, training gear, food and lodging
  • Full training support
  • Full domestic competition support

To learn more and download the full program please visit

Inquiries may be directed to any of the CXC representatives listed below.

Yuriy Gusev, CEO & Director of Education/Sports Science
P 608.385.8864
F 608.848.3862

Scott Wilson, COO
P 715.462.9911

Bryan Fish, CXC Ski Team Head Coach
P 715.634.6303

Bill Pierce, CXC Junior Devo Program Coach
P 715.634.7940

Scott Ackatz, President

Oyvind Solvang, Vice President

Bob Cook, Treasurer

Reid Lutter, Secretary

Central Cross Country Skiing ("CXC Skiing") is recognized by the United States Ski and Snowboard Association ("USSA") as the sole Regional Organization governing cross country skiing in the 10 state Central Region of the United States. CXC Skiing provides an organization which enables athletes, coaches and officials to achieve excellence in cross country skiing through: EDUCATION, COOPERATION, COMMUNICATION, and COMPETITION. CXC Skiing oversees youth programs; supports the Junior Olympic Qualifying system, Central Collegiate Ski Association, and Senior/Master skiing; provides athletes', coaches' and officials' education; coordinates competitions; supports and trains Olympic level athletes; and is the Midwest pipeline to the US Ski Team. CXC is a 501c3 non profit corporation and gratefully accepts tax deductible donations for program enhancement from all sources.