Kelly Clark poses for a portrait prior to the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games in April 2013 in West Hollywood, California..
Mammoth Lakes, CA – The Kelly Clark Foundation (TKCF), a registered nonprofit organization that provides youth with the resources and opportunities to achieve their highest potential through snowboarding, announced today the distribution of over $25,000 in scholarships to students nationwide - from Carrabasset Valley, ME to Mammoth Lakes, CA. A total of fifteen scholars will be achieving their snowboarding dreams with TKCF’s help.
On Saturday, February 7, 2015, TKCF will be hosting the Sprint U.S. Grand Prix After Party to help support future scholarship grants. It will be held at the Westin Monache Resort in Mammoth Lakes, CA from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM. Metal snowflake artist, Cole McLaughlin will be featured at the event. There is a suggested donation of $25 that includes one drink and a raffle ticket for the chance to win exciting trips and prizes.
“I want to make a lasting impact on the snowboard culture,” said Clark, an Olympic Gold medalist and Founder of TKCF. "I want to give back and invest in the next generation. I want to build something that will outlast my ability to compete, and by creating opportunity for others I will do just that."
“Without snowboarding, I don’t know where I’d be,” says scholarship recipient Devryn Valley, from Carrabasset Valley Academy in Maine. “Every winter my life consists of hours on snow, almost every day of constant riding, progression, and work. But I love it. I love how much joy it brings me.”
The Nationwide Scholar Program operates to remove financial barriers for talented youth attending mountain academies across the United States. Each year, the Kelly Clark Foundation provides scholarships to scholars selected on the basis of athletic commitment and financial need. Scholarships will be awarded to student-athletes who display commitment and excellence in the sport of snowboarding and academics.
Clark, a four-time Olympian: 2002 Gold, 2010 Bronze medalist in halfpipe, 2014 Bronze medalist in halfpipe, is widely considered one of the greatest female riders in history. The West Dover, Vermont-native has won every major snowboarding title and event in the history of the sport including the Olympics, U.S. Open, Winter X Games among others, making her the most decorated athlete, male or female, of all time. Her most recent accolades include first place at the Copper Mountain Grand Prix, Winter Dew Tour, Burton European Open and second at the Winter X Games.
About The Kelly Clark Foundation:
The Kelly Clark Foundation is a registered nonprofit organization that provides youth with the resources and opportunities to achieve their highest potential through snowboarding. Since it's establishment in February of 2010, the Foundation has awarded over $95,000 in scholarships, providing opportunity to promising young athletes with financial need. The Kelly Clark Foundation is a 501(c)(3), non-profit organization, all donations are tax deductible. The Foundation realizes that the key to success starts with the opportunity to follow your dreams and they aim to give every kid the opportunity to make his or her dream a reality.