PARK CITY, Utah. — The World Cup Dreams Foundation was co-created by Parkite and giant slalom specialist Erik Schlopy and downhiller Bryon Friedman in 2005. Yesterday the foundation named Tommy Biesemeyer its new Executive Director. BZ, as he’s known to the ski community, is cemented in the club of prestigious winners of the famed Hahnenkamm downhill ski race in Austria, among many career highlights. Lowlights included three surgeries for which Biesemeyer sought financial support from helpful donors via the same foundation he now leads.
“Over the last five years it’s raised more than $1 million to assist athletes of all disciplines including downhillers, technical specialists, snowboarders and moguls competitors,” the Associated Press reported.
“The spirit is to help athletes and help them stay in the sport, because, one, it’s the right thing to do. And two, because our country needs our best athletes to keep going,” Schlopy said. “Tommy will do a great job. He’ll carry the torch to the next level.”
Schlopy and his wife, former Olympic swimmer and gold medalist Summer Sanders, are raising their family in Park City, where they say yes to many nonprofit endeavors throughout the community. That is, when Erik isn’t busy working alongside family at their multi-generation real estate company.
World Cup Dreams raises money through donations and events, allowing athletes to be laser-focused on sport rather than costs that can climb to more than $100,000 per year at the top competitive levels.
Biesemeyer is currently finishing his business degree from the University of Vermont.
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