So Fast!! Day 1: Check
Dec 242011

For those of you celebrating Christmas, Merry Christmas!  For everyone – it might be even more beautiful if there was snow on the ground but it is still shaping up to be a gorgeous day tomorrow, enjoy it!

We just wanted to take a few moments to thank some special contributions that have come in over the last few weeks.  Every year we try to make sure that this sport does not limit because of costs.  Skis, boots, poles, clothing, fees, trail passes…it all adds up and we know how expensive things become, especially if you have more than one skier or if jobs have become uncertain.  The winter trip has become an added expense that isn’t able to be covered by some families and we don’t want that to be the case.  This year we learned of a few families that were not going to be able to make that commitment.  At the same time we had past families offering to support/sponsor skiers without even knowing or being asked that it was needed.  Thank you so much for being part of a caring community and family of skiers and ski families.  This extends far beyond just your years on the team as you will forever be part of the nordic community in some way we hope.  We also want to say a huge thank you to another of our alumni who has very generously donated to the team to purchase new race skis.  Through his contribution it looks like we will be able to purchase two new pairs of racing skis to help those skiers that can’t afford their own.  He skied on the team a few years ago and is now serving our country in the Army and is currently stationed in Afghanistan.  I’m going to quote a portion of the letter and will hopefully be able to post it in it’s entirety later.

“None of us make it through this life without relying on others for help. That is why I have helped to provide new equipment for the team to enjoy. Please take care of it so that others may enjoy it when you graduate. My family was not able to afford all of the equipment needed for skiing and I relied upon others and the school for equipment to participate in the sport.  Enjoy the winter trip, work hard at Conference and Sections this year, and don’t forget to recruit younger athletes so that they are able to experience the best sports high school has to offer.”

We are very fortunate to be living where we are and to have the opportunities that we have here.  These alumni were part of our program in the past and while they may have graduated from the high school and moved on to different futures, they are forever part of our Elk River Nordic family.  Thank you to all the past, present, and future skiers and their families for what you bring to our program and for being a part of a very special thing here in Elk River.  We have some fantastic kids here and we want to keep providing those same opportunities for the future generations of skiers.  Have a wonderfully joyous and happy holiday season, we are looking forward to seeing your kids on the 27th for 4 solid days of skiing.  Thank you!!!

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