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Skiers call Steamboat home for the week

12:49 PM, Feb 28, 2011   |    comments
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It's part of the National Brotherhood of Skiers (NBS) Ski Summit. This annual event brings more than a thousand African-American winter sports enthusiasts together to raise money for a good cause.

The NBS mission reads: To identify, develop and support athletes of color to win Olympic and international winter sports competitions.

"It's important that we increase African-American participation in winter sports," NBS President Haymond Jahi said. "Support for the Summit enables the NBS to fund its youth athletic programs."

On Sunday, the organization officially launched the National Winter Sports Education Foundation (NWSEF).

"The foundation will provide additional support and resources for young athletes to help prepare them as prospective candidates for the U.S. Ski Team's development program," NBS Olympic Scholarship Administrator Schone Malliet said.

"This will be our 5th time in Steamboat. The wide range of mountain activities and challenging trails meets the criteria for a wonderful trip", Jahi said.

The first Summit took place in Aspen 38 years ago with about 350 skiers. Now the organization has grown to 60 clubs representing 43 cities with a membership of more than 3,000.

To learn more about the NBS, please visit www.nbs.org.

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