PARK CITY, Utah – The U.S. Ski and Snowboard team recently honored individuals and organizations for their service to the sport and the athletes. Here in Park City, two recipients received awards from the national organization; Jeff Weinman, the director of competition services for U.S. Ski & Snowboard, and the Youth Sports Alliance here in Park City.
Weinman received the Bud & Mary Little Award for his service to the International Ski & Snowboard Federation (FIS). The award is given in memory of former FIS vice president Bud Little. In order to manage the National Points System and the competition rules, Weinman joined U.S. Ski & Snowboard in 1998. With FIS, he became a critical cog in worldwide ranking systems over nearly a quarter-century. Weinman played a key role in modernizing and revising the National Points system during his tenure in office.
A quiet leader, Weinman’s work with U.S. Ski & Snowboard from ranking systems to rules management to competition guide production has played a vital role for officials, clubs, coaches, and athletes across the country and the world.
The Youth Sports Alliance (YSA) received the Russell Wilder Award, which is given for service to the youth. As part of the legacy of the 2002 Olympic Winter Games, the Youth Sports Alliance, was created to boost the number of kids engaging in winter sport programs in the community. Even 20 years later, the YSA is still dedicated to providing need-based financial aid in an effort to enable all young people to engage in winter sports.
In collaboration with nearby winter sport clubs, YSA engages 3,300 youth in its communities every year through after-school activities, need-based scholarships, and financial support. It is a varied curriculum that features winter activities including skiing, biking, figure skating, and hockey.
In the 2021-22 season, 902 students participated in YSA ski and ride programs. Of those, 27% were scholar-shipped by YSA and 30% were minority students. The program covers 20 area schools in the Park City, South Summit, and Wasatch school districts.
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