NNF Pledges $10,000 in Summer Funding Round

Audrey ManganJune 8, 20121

The National Nordic Foundation will invest in excess of $10,000 in two Cross-Country Pillar projects in its summer round of 2012/2013 funding.  These strategic investments in the J2 Talent Camp and the USST International Development camp are made to Support Tomorrow’s Stars Today.

  •  $4500 – National J2 Elite Camp; Craftsbury, VT  August 4-11, 2012

This camp is one of the first steps an athlete takes from local star to national development prospect. This training camp will provide top Junior 2 age-class cross country ski racers with a great opportunity to work with other top J2’s and coaches from across the USA.  The National Nordic Foundation’s investment will underwrite much of the camp’s overhead costs thereby reducing the cost for camp participants. Athletes qualified to attend the USSA National J2 Talent Camp based on results from the 2012 US Junior Cross Country Ski Championships. More details on this camp will be provided in coming weeks.

  • $6000 – USST International Development Camps;

Men: July 28-Aug 3   Ramsau/Dachstein, Austria, Aug 3-9 Oberhof, Germany

Women: August 3-6 Oslo Norway, August 6-16 Torsby, Sweden.

The primary goal of these camps is to get the athletes on snow midway through the preparation period, and most goals will be technique-based. The National Nordic Foundation’s investment will offset some athlete’s travel expenses thereby reducing the personal cost for many of the athletes.  Primary funding for the camps will come from USST with a significant additional investment to the men’s camp from the Oregon Nordic Ski Foundation.  More details on these camps will be provided in coming weeks.

(L to R): J2 Camp, Dachstein, Torsby

Support Tomorrow’s Stars Today

The National Nordic Foundation exists to help America’s young, dedicated, and driven Nordic talent realize their, and America’s, long term potential in sport and in life. The biggest hurdle facing American Nordic racers is gaining consistent access to international quality coaching, training, and racing experiences from ages 15 through 25. Providing future generations of U.S. Nordic athletes earned access to a progression of high-quality international competitions, their life enriching lessons, represents this nation’s greatest Nordic development opportunity and funding need. The National Nordic Foundation and its Pillar Projects exist to fulfill this need. Please donate to the National Nordic Foundation and support tomorrow’s stars today. Please Donate $25 or $2500 Here Now!

Audrey Mangan

Audrey Mangan (@audreymangan) is an Associate Editor at FasterSkier and lives in Colorado. She learned to love skiing at home in Western New York.

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  • davord

    June 9, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    Well done to NNF and Dave Knoop!! It’s awesome to see a great organization such as NNF stepping up and supporting nordic skiing in the United States!! NCCSEF (as it was previously known) has been around for a while now, and I am sure that many athletes that have gone on to compete for the US in various international trips have benefited from this organization are grateful. It would be nice if the system of sponsoring elite nordic athletes and the national team was better, and that it looked like most European models, but perhaps those changes are coming in the near future.

    Quite a few national teams in Europe get a lot of money from their governments, and I often wonder why this hasn’t been the case in the US. It seems like a lot of money is being wasted on things that really shouldn’t be top priority (war, for example). More focus should be geared towards education, sports, healthcare, environment, etc. Heck, you don’t need to look any further than our neighbors to the North! We live and hope, I guess…

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