KUSA - The longest running professional ski race in the country is back for a 38th year at Winter Park and is expected to raise over $200,000 for the National Sports Center for the Disabled (NSCD).
On March 1 through 3, the NSCD will host the 38th Annual Wells Fargo Ski Cup at Winter Park Resort. This event is one of the most successful fundraisers for the NSCD, supporting therapeutic recreation summer and winter programs for children and adults with disabilities.
The weekend consists of three races: the Corporate Cup, a Pro Am style race where teams of five friends, family or coworkers are paired with an NSCD Competition Center athlete and compete for prizes; the Kids Snowplow Sprint, which features up-and-coming NSCD athletes and able-bodied young skiers; and the World Disabled Invitational, where disabled skiers compete to win the largest purse in the racing circuit. The cost per year for athletes ranges between $12,000-$20,000 to compete, pay for equipment and living expenses. The Wells Fargo Ski Cup allows athletes to earn money and help with these expenses.
Other festivities throughout the weekend include the Après Ski Bash, a two-day silent auction, visit from Denver Bronco Alumni and cheerleaders and live entertainment. Debuting this year an outside vendor area with nearly 20 vendors will feature the latest in ski equipment, clothing and accessories. There will also be dining and entertainment.
It's easy for the general public to join in on the activities by signing up for Ski for NSCD. This on-line fundraiser rewards the public with Winter Park Resort lift tickets and season passes for raising, awareness and funds for a good cause. People who register can easily create their own website page to email out to family and friends who can then donate in the person's name.
"Thanks to our many sponsors, like Wells Fargo and Winter Park Resort, the NSCD is able to offer incentives levels for our Ski for NSCD fundraiser that includes ski passes, winter sporting gear, meals and lodging for the weekend," said Becky Zimmermann, president and CEO of NSCD. "We are looking forward to a successful Wells Fargo Ski Cup this year."
To learn more about how to NSCD's 38th Annual Wells Fargo Ski Cup, visit www.nscd.org.
The National Sports Center for the Disabled (NSCD) began in 1970 as a one-time ski lesson for children with amputations for the Children's Hospital of Denver. Today, the NSCD is one of the largest outdoor therapeutic recreation agencies in the world. Each year NSCD serves 3,000 children and adults with disabilities who partake in the more than 25 sports and recreational programs, from snow skiing and kayaking to playing lacrosse and rock climbing. With specially trained staff and its own adaptive equipment lab, the NSCD teaches a variety of winter and summer sports and activities to individuals with almost any physical, cognitive, emotional, or behavioral diagnosis.
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