SQUAW VALLEY, CA - In just its second season, non-profit group skiDUCK (Skiing and Snowboarding for Disabled and Underprivileged Children) has put more than 1500 kids on skis and boards. They come from all over Northern Nevada and California.
“We work with different at-risk youth programs like Big Brothers, Big Sisters,” skiDUCK director Dave Westall said. “We also work with school districts that have a lot of kids on meal assistance. We reach out to them and provide them with a resource to get kids out on the slopes. It’s really fun and we’re really lucky to have the support of all these different Tahoe resorts as well as local businesses.”
Businesses like The Fireside Pizza Company in Squaw Village. They donate lunches for the hundreds of skiDUCK kids that have visited Squaw this year.
“Our business is really motivated to give back to the community,” Fireside Pizza GM Danny Scott said. “We’ve been a big supporter of this program and I can’t thank my staff enough for all they do to make sure we’re able to give back.”
The group planned 50 Tahoe-area getaways this season. Participants get lessons and are encouraged to get out at least five times a year.
“That’s so they can pick up the sport and start to build some confidence and really get all the benefits of what sliding down the mountain offers,” Westall said. “And it’s great seeing how happy these kids are after learning to ski. It’s all about enjoying the outdoors instead of sitting on the couch playing video games.”
The group is funded by private donations and corporations like Bogner make sure every child is outfitted properly for the day. You can go to www.skiduck.org for more information.