Yuriy Gusev fundraising for 2015 Support Our Sport

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For the third year, Central Cross Country Ski Association (CXC) will launch their “Support our Sport” end of the year fundraising drive on December 1st to support its key programs that are essential in growing the sport of cross country skiing for skiers of all levels and abilities.

CXC’s focus areas for this fundraising campaign are: 

  • First time experiences can be the most critical element in an introduction to a sport. It has to be simple and fun. Three years ago, CXC launched “Nordic Rocks” program providing cross country ski equipment to public elementary schools around the Midwest. Teachers complete basic skills training, receive curriculum and use the equipment in many different settings. Schools have used the equipment during recess, after school programs, physical education classes and even science class. Last year 35 schools participated in this program and CXC’s goal is to add 25 more schools this winter, introducing  over 10,000 children to our sport.  
  • The next stage of participation is joining a local ski club or youth program. Positive experiences, from an introduction to organized training to  a skier’s first competition, play a very important role to a beginner skier . Educated coaches, instructors and volunteers become role models to thousands of young skiers all around the Central Region, making it crucial for coaches to have key knowledge and education to help skiers of all levels. Three years ago, CXC took a leadership role in providing coaches education and certification in the U.S. In those three years, nearly 300 coaches have been certified through the certification program  
  • Winter belongs to everyone! This is the  motto of CXC Adaptive program. This program focuses  on the needs of every individual, regardless of their ability by ensuring the right equipment and conditions are in place for each person to enjoy or achieve his or her full potential in the sport. Every year, CXC makes a step forward providing children, adults and veterans with physical disabilities and visual impairments, opportunities to participate and compete alongside  everyone else. This year, for the first time, junior athletes will have an opportunity to compete at U.S. Junior National Championships in Cable, WI which  CXC is organizing in March of 2016.

Once again, John & Leslie Taylor have teamed up with a few others to challenge us  to continue to build upon our successes from last year to grow and promote cross country skiing for all ages and abilities. Every dollar donated will be matched by CXC generous benefactors. Your impact will be doubled! This opportunity provides a way for anyone to give back to our sport.

“I encourage every cross country skier to support our sport during the month of December. Whether through the CXC challenge grant or simply through membership in your local club, buying a ski trail pass at a park, volunteering at an event or all of the above!” -  Yuriy Gusev, CXC Executive and Athletic Director.

As years in the past, there will be a special gift for donations of $100 or more. This year’s gift will be a CXC hat (Sweden blue Craft hat). With this special gift CXC not only wants to say “thank you” but  inspire you to wear as a donor, to foster others to support our sport.

“Let’s make December the month that we as skiers focus on giving back to the sport we all love. Knowing how much CXC has done to develop youth skiing, coach’s education and programs for adaptive athletes I choose to donate to CXC and other ski organizations.  Skiers make the effort to contribute and or volunteer to build our sport.” - reflected Dennis Kruse, former CXC president (2004-2006) and avid skier.

Join CXC’s efforts in a journey of growing and supporting our sport!

About Central Cross Country Ski Association 

The Central Cross Country Ski Association (CXC) was founded in 2001 with it’s headquarters in Madison, WI. CXC serves as both the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association Regional Governing organization as well as the Community Olympic Development Program in the Midwest for the U.S. Olympic Committee.

As such, CXC is responsible to promote the culture of cross country skiing by creating opportunities for skiers and coaches of all ages, abilities and backgrounds to participate. We promote the sport through grassroots programs, clubs, events and education. CXC is a non-profit organization and relies on grants, donations and sponsors to support everything we do. For more information, visit cxcskiing.org.

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