Durango Winter Sports Foundation hires non-profit management team

The Durango Winter Sports Foundation announces the hiring of Lander & Associates to guide the club with expanded fundraising and event management.  The club supports local kids doing great things through support for the annual coaching and training of 200 student athletes.

Founded nine years ago, DWSF is committed at this time to becoming the strongest ski club in Colorado.  Lander & Associates, has been retained for donor management, grant writing, special event production, direct fundraising, public relations and marketing.  Susan Lander, along with Beth Lamberson Warren, will provide professional non-profit management to the organization.

DWSF Hall of Fame inductee and organization founder Mike Elliott says, “I have been involved in this foundation for nine years and we knew it was time to take the organization to the level we have dreamed about for years.  Having Susan and Beth on our team will accomplish that.”

Lander has guided the Women’s Resource Center and Music in the Mountains to selection for El Pomar Foundation’s Award for Excellence.  Lamberson Warren has done the same for Adaptive Sports Association and KSUT Public Radio.  “I grew up skiing, have called Durango home for 32 years and am excited to be a part of an organization that mentors so many local kids,” said Lamberson Warren.

The mission of DWSF is to help young athletes achieve great things as individuals and as competitors by providing financial, developmental and organizational support to winter athletes, their coaches, clubs, and programs.  The organization supports Durango Nordic Ski Club, Purgatory Freestyle Team and Purgatory Alpine Ski Team.  Alumni of these teams and DWSF include: U.S. Nordic Ski Team member Tad Elliott, Olympic biathletes Lanny and Tracy Barnes and freestyler Zach Watkins.

Purgatory Freestyle Program Director Kirk Rawls says, “We’ve seen the recent success of unified efforts and community support with projects like the Chapman Hill improvements.  It will be great to watch the new corporate sponsorship program unfold over the next few weeks.”

Corporate and event sponsorship opportunities are available for the 2014-15 ski season.  Contact Mike Elliott for more information at teamelliott@frontier.net or 970-769-8655 and www.durangowintersports.org

 

Durango Nordic Center Trail Work Day

Sunday, October 12th 2014 from 9am-noon

Come out and enjoy a fall day in the mountains clearing the trails of debris before the snow starts flying!

Bring your favorite pruners, shovels, chainsaw or simply bring a sack lunch and use the tools provided.

Durango Nordic offering summer training programs

2014 Summer Nordic Devo Team 

What:  The Summer Nordic Devo Team is for skiers wanting to get a head start for the upcoming Nordic season. The goals of the program are to: 1) Learn & improve basic athletic skills (balance, agility, coordination, range of motion), 2) Improve overall fitness (endurance, speed, strength), 3) Learn Nordic dryland techniques, 4) Goal setting, 5) Better preparation and easier transition into on-snow Nordic training/racing, and 6) To have fun! 

When: July 8-August 14; Tuesday and Thursday – 7:30-9:30 am

Who: 1st year U16 & 2nd year U14 skiers *going 7th or 8th grade

 Where: Meet at the Rec Center back parking lot near rodeo arena

Cost: $150 for entire program

Contact: Gary Colliander (970) 946-9659 or gary.colliander@gmail.com

2014 Summer Nordic U14/U12 Team

What:  The Summer Nordic U14/U12 Team is for skiers wanting to get a head start for the upcoming Nordic season. The goals of the program are to: 1) Learn & improve basic athletic skills (balance, agility, coordination, range of motion), 2) Learn general fitness aspects (endurance, speed, strength), 3) Learn Nordic dryland techniques, 4) Goal setting, and 5) Have fun!
When: July 18-20

Friday, Saturday & Sunday – 8-4pm

Who: U14 & U12 skiers *going 5th or 6th grade

Where: Meet at the Rec Center back parking lot near rodeo arena

Cost: $150 for entire program

Misc: Participants should bring their own snack, and lunch for the day, along with the appropriate clothing.

Contact: Gary Colliander (970) 946-9659 or gary.colliander@gmail.com

2014 Summer Nordic U20 Team

What:  The Summer Nordic U20 Team is for skiers wanting to get a head start for the upcoming Nordic season.  Skiers will improve their general athletic skills, strength and overall fitness in a fun environment.  Skiers will also spend time learning and fine tuning their Nordic ski technique through dryland and rollerski (Yes, we will help teach this) sessions.  In additions, skiers will have access to coaches for personal guidelines, training outlines and goal setting.

When: June 2-August 21

Monday and Wednesday – 7:30-9:30am & 3-5pm

Tuesday and Thursday – 4-6pm

Who: U20/U18/2nd year U16 skiers

 Where: Meet at the Rec Center back parking lot near rodeo arena

Cost: $345 for entire program

$130 per month

Contact: Gary Colliander (970) 946-9659 or gary.colliander@gmail.com

 

Durango welcomes back Olympians

Lanny and Tracy Barnes

Saturday, March 15th 7-9 p.m. at the Irish Embassy 

Raffle for prizes, including Coors snowboard ($5 tickets) – proceeds plus 5% of bar sales will be donated to the Boys & Girls Club and Durango Winter Sports Foundation.

http://www.durangoherald.com/article/20140311/NEWS01/140319896/Back-from-Russia-with-love-

(if you missed their Guinness commercial, watch it here

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WpE9Xk0d5Qg&feature=youtu.be )

Durango Nordic Alumni Tracy Barnes was awarded the United Nations UNESCO Fair Play Award

Durango Nordic Alumni Tracy Barnes was awarded the United Nations UNESCO Fair Play Award. Since its foundation by UNESCO and a number of international sports governing bodies in Paris in 1963, the goal of the International Committee for Fair Play is the worldwide defense and promotion of fair play. In order to honor and directly recognize the acts of fair play performed either within or outside the sports world, the International Committee for Fair Play annually awards Fair Play Prizes to personalities who have proved to be excellent ambassadors of fair play. Tracy was given the Pierre de Coubertin World Trophy - for an athlete or team for an act of fair play. Pierre de Coubertin was the founder of International Olympic Committee and is consider the father of the modern Olympic Games. This award has been instrumental in promoting sportsmanship both on and off the field. It is a huge honor in sports to receive this award. Very few are given out annually. Here is what Tracy had to say in accepting this award-

“I think sportsmanship, which this award embraces, is a way for people to go beyond the playing field, or the ski course and recognize that there is more to sport than just a win. Sportsmanship is about creating champions, both on and off the field. And while I am not a champion in my sport, I do strive to be a good person and do the right thing. In sport there is winning and there is losing and sometimes in order to win you must lose or at least sacrifice the win. I didn’t go to the Olympics to compete, but I feel I have won. I had the most incredible experience of cheering my twin sister and best friend in the greatest sporting event in the world. And I couldn’t be more proud of her effort. In biathlon Lanny was not only my best friend, but my greatest competitor. And I’ve come to realize over the years that without your competition there is no sport. You have to show the same kind of respect to your competitors that you do to your teammates. That’s what makes you a good competitor both in life and in sport. I hope that my story will help to inspire people to do something good for the people they care about. Their friends, their family, their teammates, their competitors and their neighbors.

I for one have been surrounded by incredibly inspiring people my entire life and I have to say that their selflessness has rubbed off on me. Both my grandparents were in the army and air force and served their country. Our men and women in uniform are the ones who make the ultimate sacrifice, sometimes with their life so that we can enjoy our freedoms. Both my parents were school teachers and their selfless dedication to their students and that of all teachers continues to inspire me. And my older sister is a doctor and surgeon. Her dedication to helping others is a model I will continue to strive for in my life. So, if I may, I’d like to dedicate this to my family who have supported me and given me a purpose to live by and also to our men & women in uniform, our teachers, and our doctors who work to selflessly help others on a daily basis. May we all strive to dedicate ourselves to others so that we may enrich each others lives in sport and otherwise.

Thanks for seeing something in me that I may never have had the opportunity to see myself. Thanks to the International Fair Play Committee for this incredible honor and thank you to the US Olympic Committee for being such wonderful hosts.”