Over the past decade, the World Cup Dream Foundation has helped fund skiers of all ages and disciplines as they pursue their goals on the snow. In the spring of 2021, the World Cup Dreams Foundation merged with the T2 Foundation, perhaps better known in the Nordic community due to its support for the SMS T2 team. By now working together, the two organizations aim to “keep the best athletes in the game, not just the best athletes who can afford to pursue their dreams.”
Recently, the World Cup Dreams Foundation announced its November scholarship recipients, after receiving more than 150 applications from athletes in all disciplines. Sixteen grant recipients were chosen to receive $ 1,500 each to help offset training and competition costs.
“We were impressed with the range of athletes who applied. This is a testament to our reach in the world of snow sports and skiing and also to the great need for financial support from the community. We want to help give athletes and families an extra boost to keep going because, as we all know, keeping athletes involved is the only way to move them forward, ”said Tommy Biesemeyer, Executive Director of World Cup Dreams .
Two of the sixteen recipients are cross-country skiers and FasterSkier reached out to each athlete to find out more about them and their goals.
Neve Gerard lives in Bend, OR and she wrote: “I’m a second year U16. I’ve been playing in the woods on skis since I was little, but I started training when I was 14. His goals for the season are to improve his technique, make every race a positive experience and finish in the top five at the National Junior Championships. When asked how this grant would help him achieve those goals, Neve wrote, “This grant has been of great help to me and my family in reaching my goals! The money will cover my trip to the Junior Nationals which is so exciting for me. I am so grateful to have been chosen for the grant! “
The second Nordic athlete to receive the scholarship is Garrett Butts, who skis with the APU. Garrett is in his first season as a U23 and he says: “as the story goes, my first steps were skiing so I have been skiing for as long as I can remember. Asked about his goals for this season, Garrett wrote: “My overarching goal for the season is to see good progress and validate that all of the hard and diligent work I’ve done is paying off. This season is interesting in trying to set results-based goals due to the season we all faced last year with COVID. In a way, it’s hard to gauge where you stack up against the competition until you go head-to-head, which I haven’t done nationally yet this season. Still, I have many goals for this season including being named to the U23 World Championship squad, hitting a few top 10s in SuperTour races and generally putting myself in a position to fight for the top positions. against the best skiers in the country. “
Achieving these goals requires significant travel, training and more, which, as he pointed out, comes at a cost. When asked how this grant would help him achieve his goals, Garrett wrote, “Simply put, receiving this grant helps me ski now by allowing me to attend these events. As a full time student / athlete I have a very narrow window of time to be able to work to pay the costs of living. This grant also helps my future in skiing as it means I can spend more time training and less time on the job site. The generous support of groups and individuals such as the World Cup Dreams Foundation makes it possible to pursue my dreams and aspirations, and for that I am deeply grateful!
In a sport with a high purchase price and many annual expenses, supporting groups like the World Cup Dreams Foundation can be crucial for athletes moving up the performance ladder. Keep an eye out for the names of Neve Gerard and Garrett Butts on the results sheets this winter as they pursue their skiing dreams, helped by the World Cup Dream Foundation grant.