Through the vision of former U.S. Ski Team Members, Bryon Friedman and Erik Schlopy, the World Cup Dreams Foundation was created in 2005 to provide National Alpine Ski Team members with the financial resources needed to help them achieve their ski racing goals and compete at their highest level.
Their mission is “to further the growth and development of the nation’s best skiers by helping them realize their athletic goals and dreams through financial support and disability protection.”
Last week John and I cruised around Lake Washington aboard the Spirit of 76 with World Cup Dreams. Not only did we listen to the great music of co-founder, ski team member and musician Byron Friedman, and hang out with other ski team members including Scott Macartney, we also heard stories about how World Cup Dreams has improved the lives of ski racers.
Ski racing is undoubtedly an expensive sport. Very few World Cup athletes arrive at the starting gate without serious financial backing. In order to race at such a high level, athletes must be committed to training full time. This allows precious little time to hold down a 9 to 5. Even finishing a college degree can be a challenge.
That’s where World Cup Dreams comes in. Not only do they support athletes on their journey to the starting gate, but also help if injury keeps them from getting back into it.
High-five World Cup Dreams Foundation. Keep being awesome.