The Ski Jammers has a grass roots program to exposed our youth to winter sports with the goal of growing avid skiers, boarders and other winter sports advocates. Out of the exposure, we also look to develop racers who will qualify for the NBS regional and national teams and go on to compete fulfilling the mission “To identify, develop and support athletes of color who will WIN international and Olympic winter sports competitions representing the United States and to increase participation in winter sports.”
In today’s cyber world of non-physical indoor play and a resulting increase in child obesity, the Ski Jammers goal is to also help promote outdoor family exercise in the winter months. By helping families fund participation in group ski and snowboard trips they help our youth gain a responsibility and respect for the outdoor environment as well as promote fitness and self-esteem. We have ongoing programs to assist families with transportation expenses and to encourage area resorts to provide discounted lessons. This funding provides the opportunity for children from all socio-economic levels to experience winter sports in a family setting.
The Key is to Ski....with our Children!
Let's face it, our modern world is full of distractions, obligations, and a reason to 'sit on the couch.' BUT, let's be honest with ourselves.... no one wants our kids to sit around and play on iPads all day....right!?!?! So, the most logical answer is to GET THEM INVOLVED! Especially in the winter, as it is the one time where we all subside to relaxation, and few active sports. Getting our kids involved in winter sports is one of many steps to create a vibrant, active, and healthy lifestyle for our youth. The Ski Jammers coordinated a Thanksgiving youth excursion to Winter Park in 2017 for 13 youth. It was a great opportunity to expose both our youth and adults to winter sports.
At the most fundamental level, sport, play and recreational activities are a child’s right. Added to this is the broad consensus that regular physical activity is essential for the physical, mental, psychological and social development of children and adolescents. Involvement in sport can boost children’s health, improve academic performance and help reduce crime.
So join us, bring your children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews and get this active and involved in winter sports.