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NSA Awarded Trillium Grant (Posted On: Saturday, April 04, 2009)

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The National Ski Academy (NSA), the Home of Ski Racing and Academic Excellence, has been awarded a $40,000 grant by the Ontario Trillium Foundation to expand the NSA’s relationship with the Special Olympics Blue Mountain Alpine Team and launch a Mentorship Program for the 100 member Simcoe County Special Olympics Ontario (SOO) Ski Teams. The grant will be directed to upgrading the NSA’s gymnasium and fitness equipment as well as retaining fitness and ski coaching personnel and administrative support. “On behalf of the Special Olympian alpine athletes and coaches, I would like to thank the Ontario Trillium Foundation for enabling us to continue to build upon the success of our partnership with the NSA,” said Patty Federer, Special Olympics International Alpine Technical Advisor. “By taking a direct interest in supporting our athletes, the NSA is not only providing them with improved fitness training and facilities, but the opportunity

to be the best they can be. We are thrilled to be working with them.”
Jim Wilson, MPP, joined Dorothy Cauthers, a volunteer with the Foundation’s Grant Review Team, at the NSA’s Mentorship Program ceremony and presented a plaque to the organization in recognition of their efforts in the community, since receiving the year-long grant in October.

“This grant is an investment in our community athletes both at the NSA and the SOO,” said Jim Wilson, MPP for Simcoe-Grey. “I am delighted to see the money go to such a great initiative.”

The National Ski Academy is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1986. Its mission is to provide an environment for talented student athletes to maximize individual potential through the pursuit of alpine ski racing excellence, academic achievement, and personal growth. Seven NSA alumni have become members of Canada’s national ski team and NSA graduates consistently receive admission and scholarships to leading Canadian and U.S. universities.

Jurg Gfeller, Executive Director of the National Ski Academy expressed his appreciation for the OTF’s support: “We appreciate the OTF’s ongoing commitment to the development of Ontario’s sports and athletic programs. This grant will help us provide the appropriate fitness equipment to meet the needs of the SOO in addition to allowing the NSA to implement an athlete management system.”

The current grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation will support initiatives that will have a positive impact on athletic program development in Ontario, as the National Ski Academy attracts students from across Ontario to participate in its unique Racing and Academic Performance Program.

About The National Ski Academy
The National Ski Academy, the Home of Ski Racing and Academic Excellence, offers a unique program of alpine ski racing and academic studies.  With our support and exceptional programs, our dedicated young students become accomplished ski racers, enlightened students and tomorrow’s leaders. Please visit our website or call us at 705-444-1617.

About the Blue Mountain Special Olympics Alpine Team
The Blue Mountain Special Olympics Alpine Team has been providing an alpine ski program for over 12 years and is dedicated to promoting a more active and better quality of life for people who have an intellectual disability, through their involvement in sport. With the help of more than 40 volunteers and 25 athletes who train and compete, the Blue Mountain Special Olympics Alpine Team is the largest program in Canada. For more information, please contact Janet Ellis, Head Coach, at 705-445-6830.

About The Ontario Trillium Foundation
The Ontario Trillium Foundation is an agency of the Government of Ontario. For more than 25 years the Ontario Trillium Foundation has supported the growth and vitality of communities across the province.  OTF continues to strengthen the capacity of the volunteer sector through investments in community-based initiatives.  For more information, please visit

For more information, please contact:
Louise Picot
Communications Manager, NSA
705-444-1617 ext. 29 /





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