National Nordic Foundation
Lessons of the Trail are the Lessons of Life
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 as their quest for athletic accomplishment on the trails prepares them to achieve their potential in life while inspiring others to do the same.
From Local Trails to the World Cup
Wouldn't you like to see American athletes who grew up skiing on your local trails with your local club consistently challenge for World Cup and Olympic podiums? Their success promotes the benefits of preparation, hard work, initiative, determination and the healthy sport you love. Unlike their European counterparts who live in the center of international Nordic racing and most often have access to government funded development programs, America's athletes receive no government support and are scattered throughout our vast country an ocean away from the international Nordic epicenter. Through support of the National Nordic Foundation (NNF), and its Pillar Projects in the sports of Nordic Combined and Cross Country, you can help future generations of U.S Nordic skiers realize their long, and America's, long term potential in sport and in life.
Pillar Projects Development Infrastructure
The Pillar Projects do not fund individual athletes directly but rather subsidize the high costs of individual trips. The nation's top developing athletes earn the right to participate in these trips through their competitive results. In essence, the Pillar Projects provide the infrastructure, or pillars, necessary for international development. Funding of these Pillar Projects allowed America's present generation of World Cup stars including Kikkan Randall, Andy Newell, Billy Demong, and Johnny Spillane to participate affordably in many of their first international trips including Scandinavian Cups, Continental Cups, and World Juniors competitions. Without this early access to ongoing international competition these athletes, and our Nation, may not be experiencing the success we are today.
Today's U.S. Nordic Stars
The U.S. Cross Country Ski Team's Kikkan Randall won a silver medal at the 2009 World Championships, three World Cup events, and placed 3rd overall in the 2011 World Cup Sprint Cup. Andrew Newell has three World Cup podiums and is clearly one of the world's fastest sprinters as measured by his winning qualifying times. The U.S. Nordic Combined Team athletes have won 6 World Championship medals since 2003 with 4 medals in the 2009 World Championships alone. At the 2010 Winter Olympics, the Nordic Combined Team won 4 of the 7 possible Olympic Medals; the first Olympic medals ever won by U.S. Nordic Combined athletes
Long Term Support of Tomorrow's Stars
This success didn't happen by chance. It took many years of, Cross Country and Nordic Combined planning, fundraising and investment in the pillars of athlete development. From these successful funding efforts many athletes earned the international opportunities and lessons from which these athletes rose from promising talent to international stardom. The NNF is focused on continuing this successful pillar development and funding model in a magnified, shared effort.
Funding the Next Generation
While America's A-Team stars now have the funding necessary to compete for more World Cup, World Championship, and Olympic medals, the next generation of athletes such as Jesse Diggins, Simi Hamilton, Erik Lynch and Tyler Smith do not. They are in the same situation that Kikkan, Andy, Billy and Johnny were in when they started their quest for greatness over a decade ago. These up and coming athletes, our stars of tomorrow, need your support today!
Support Tomorrow's Stars Today
Support tomorrow's stars today as they learn and share the lessons of the trail and the lessons of life with the National Nordic Foundation. Your tax deductible contribution to the non-profit National Nordic Foundation will help Support Tomorrow's Stars Today as their quest for athletic accomplishment on the trails prepares them to achieve their potential in life while inspiring others to do the same.
For further inquiries contact the National Nordic Foundation director, David Knoop, at 801-699-1456 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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