LAKE PLACID - The Adirondack Community Trust (ACT) announced in September that the Uihlein-Ironman Sports Fund of Lake Placid granted $31,500 to 20 talented local athletes and eight organizations promoting youth sports during a ceremony at Heaven Hill Farm.
The Uihlein-Ironman Sports Fund of Lake Placid makes awards to young local athletes competing at the regional, national and international level of their sports. Grants also go to nonprofit organizations that promote participation in life-long summer and winter sports for local kids, promoting a healthy lifestyle and athletic excellence.
The Henry Uihlein II and Mildred A. Uihlein Foundation and North America Sports, Inc., now known as World Triathlon Corporation, established the Fund at ACT in 2004 to help local athletes achieve their dreams. A committee of local residents and representatives from the sponsoring organizations reviews applications and recommends distributions from the fund each year.
These local athletes and representatives from eight organizations promoting youth sports pose for a picture following a ceremony at Heaven Hill Farm that granted $31,500 from the Uihlein-Ironman Sports Fund of Lake Placid.
The athletes who received grants this year were Gabriella and Nina Armstrong (nordic skiing), Thomas Biesemeyer (US Ski Team, alpine), Annelies Cook (biathlon), Peter Dwyer (US Rowing), Hannah Feinberg (alpine skiing), Annie and Peter Frenette (ski jumping), Glenice Gallagher (nordic skiing), Oliver Holmes (freestyle skiing), Anna and Elizabeth Izzo (nordic skiing), David Knapik (freestyle skiing), Forest Ledger (cross country running), Jake Middleton (alpine skiing), Maeve Peabody (nordic skiing), Maile Sapp (nordic skiing), Karl Schulz (nordic combined), Austin Swirsky (alpine skiing) and Maris Van Slyke (alpine skiing).
These nonprofit organizations received grants: Friends of Mount Pisgah, for its Learn to Ski program; Saranac Lake Rotary Foundation, for Dewey Mountain Ski League programs; YENGA-Saranac Lake Middle School Activities Club, for the Titus Mountain ski program; Petrova Elementary School, for its Swim for Life and Winter Snowshoe programs; New York Ski Education Foundation, for nordic skate skiing equipment for local youth; the Town of Wilmington, for the Whiteface youth ski program; Lake Placid Youth Athletic Association, for new soccer goals; and the Town of Jay Youth Commission, to help rebuild the youth facilities at Grove Park.
"These 20 young athletes are on the road to greater achievement," said Cali Brooks, Executive Director of ACT. "It is a joy to make their paths a little smoother. And I love seeing the wonderful things nonprofits are doing to increase athletic opportunities for kids across the Park. This endowed fund at ACT will continue to support athletics for generations."
ACT is the community foundation serving the Adirondack Region since 1997. For more information or to make a donation to the Uihlein-Ironman Sports Fund or any of the 200 funds at ACT, contact Andrea Grout at 523-9904 or visit www.GenerousACT.org.