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$14,000 Available for Young Skier Programs

Thu, Sep  10, 2009 - By Cherie Morgan

HAYWARD, Wis., September 3, 2009 - The American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation (ABSF) has announced that it is seeking grant applications for young skier programs associated with middle and high schools and cross-country ski organizations throughout the country.

“The mission of the Foundation is to promote cross-country skiing as a fun, energetic activity that is part of a healthy lifestyle,” said Executive Director Ned Zuelsdorff. “A significant portion of the effort focuses on young skiers. To this end the Foundation annually provides grant funding to young skier programs associated with middle and high schools and cross-country ski organizations throughout the country.”

Zuelsdorff said the ABSF will award a total of $14,000 in grants with up to $1,000 being awarded to each organization selected. He said grant applications from youth cross-country ski programs throughout the country are welcomed.

Priorities for ABSF funding include, but are not limited to the creation or expansion of young skier programs and first time applicants.

Zuelsdorff said the Young Skier Development Grant application is available at http://www.birkie.com/?page=1027

Grant applications are due in the American Birkebeiner office by Friday, October 2, 2009. The ABSF Skier Development Committee will review all applications received by the deadline and announce grant awards by mid-November 2009. Applications received after the October 2 deadline will not be considered for funding.

To contribute to the Young Skier Development Fund, which is used exclusively for this purpose, call 715/634-5025 or send a check to “ABSF” PO Box 911, Hayward WI 54843, designating Young Skier Development Fund.

For more information on the American Birkebeiner and giving opportunities, log on to http://www.birkie.com or call 715/634-5025.