Athletes of all ages must overcome both physical and mental challenges to progress to the next level.
“Everybody has fear — whether you are an 8-year-old standing at the top of a halfpipe — or if you are a professional athlete taking part in a major competition,” said Teresa De Silva-Caveny, who has coached youth winter sports for more than 25 years.
What goes through an extreme skier’s or snowboarder’s mind in the final moments before he or she pushes off the edge of a snow-laced cliff? The Team Breckenridge Sports Club coach said a fundraiser featuring the film “Into the Mind” will take spectators on a one-of-a-kind journey with extreme athletes as they take on death-defying feats.
“It shows how extreme athletes take on a psyche to be able to embrace challenges,” she said.
The mindset “Into the Mind” athletes live by isn’t far from the philosophy of Team Breck, where teaching ski racing is secondary to the teaching of athletics as a way of life.
“What makes us really unique is we bring to the kids a passion and love for winter sports,” De Silva-Caveny said. “We give them positive enforcement and show them how fun it is.”
The Team Breck coach said her organization offers participants the tools they need to become good athletes — and the accomplishments they’ve achieved reflect that commitment.
Over the years Team Breck’s programs have helped to produce 50 members of the U.S. Ski Team, U.S. Olympic Team, U.S. World Champion Team, U.S. national junior and senior champions, Junior Olympians and NCAA All Americans.
Team Breck operates as a nonprofit corporation. The money raised from the movie fundraiser will help the group pay for operating costs and contribute to scholarship funds for young athletes, De Silva-Caveny said.
Wednesday’s fundraiser will include a special meet and greet with U.S. Ski and Snowboard Team athletes. Benji Farrow, a rider who’s featured in the film, will be on hand to chat and sign autographs before showtime, along with U.S. freeskiers and Olympic hopefuls Walter Wood and Emilia Wint.