Supporting Tomorrow’s Nordic Stars Today
#U23Reese Hanneman on U23s and Development
Making The U23 World Championships was one of the biggest motivators in my young skiing career. As your last year of junior skiing comes to an end, the senior racing circuit looms; no more 5ks, no more JO’s dances (unless…). Having the opportunity to go to Under-23s really kicks you into gear; it’s a tangible goal that is just barely attainable enough to want to make you try. Instead of just being thrown into the lions den of senior racing, U-23s offers a bridge to the big leagues. It lit a spark in my mind that yes, just maybe… It might be possible. – Reese Hanneman on the effect of U23 participation.International trips to Europe take money and support. The NNF brings both to US skiing through fundraising efforts like the Drive for 25.Reese Hanneman winning the classic sprint at the 2014 US National Championships in Midway, Utah.The World Junior / U23 Championships are an NNF Pillar Project. Keep the drive happening for future skiers. Ask 10 people to donate $25 to the Drive for 25.
Nordic Combined Challenge Match20K Still Gets 20K
The US Nordic Combined Team in Einsiedeln, Switzerland. (Dave Jarrett photo.)
I can’t stress enough how important NNNF support has been to my career, and I wouldn’t be where I am today without it. As I’ve progressed from a developing junior to a member of the US National B-team, the NNF has helped fund vital training and competition opportunities. This community-based support keeps our pipeline alive, and will continue to benefit the next generations of athletes. We really need your help to reach our $20,000 matching grant. If you donate now, you’re dollars will be doubled. We’re a community driven sport, which means that every individual’s support goes a long ways, and we couldn’t do it without you. The funding from this drive will go to support athletes for the next year at World Junior Championships, Continental Cups, and development camps in the US and Europe. – Adam Loomis, read his blog here.
Mid Week UpdateWho is Driving the D25?
Over halfway to the end of the Drive for 25 and the numbers are piling up. Here are some important statistics on the largest grassroots sport fundraising effort in the country so far:
- $120,000 for Cross Country and $8,000 for Nordic Combined have been raised so far.
- So far 542 individual donations for xc and 73 donations have been made for nc. (We need another push to reach our 2014 goals.)
- Contributions from countries outside of the US this year include Canada, Norway, France, Poland and Germany.
- 36 States are represented in this year’s D25.
- There are 18 days left in the push for ski funding. Support the drive today.