Summit Nordic launches GoFundMe campaign for Lake Placid Jr. Championships
February 24, 2017
A trio of Summit Nordic Ski Club athletes are bound for Lake Placid in two weeks, but first, they need help footing the bill.
From March 3-11, SNSC skiers Peter Haynes, Noelle Resignolo and Ezra Smith (current No. 1-ranked U-18 skier) travel from Colorado to New York for the Cross Country Junior National Championships at the site of the 1980 Winter Olympics. It's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, according to coaches and supporters, and it comes with a steep price tag: about $2,700 per athlete for travel, lodging and entry fees.
To support the Summit locals, SNSC supporter David Wilcox launched a GoFundMe campaign to raise a portion of the money the athletes needs. On Feb. 23, the campaign had raised about $2,300 of the modest $3,000 goal, and with two weeks remaining there's time to contribute. Amounts range from $20 to more than $200 per donation. To get involved, visit the GoFundMe page at GoFundMe.com/noelle-peter-and-ezra-to-nationals.
A fundraising note from Wilcox:
I was lucky enough to be next to Holly Resignolo on Feb. 19 in Durango as (SNSC head coach) Olof Hedberg delivered a hug and the news that Noelle had qualified for Junior Nationals and would be headed to Lake Placid in two weeks. I was also right next to Peter Haynes and his mom that same day as they ticked off firsts, seconds and thirds amongst Peter and his closest rivals. Was he safe? Did that race count? Was he still going? I then spoke with Ezra. She's the perennial favorite, but to me always gracious, always a good sport and someone who never takes her gift for granted.
Between Holly's tears, Shannon's angst, and Todd and Debra's dedication to all of their kids, I remember when my son was close. And I remember the cost — $2,700. I know that shouldn't matter, but I remember wondering what we were going to give up to allow Billy to go.
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Olof and Whitney (Hedberg) and the Nordic community are in the midst of building and growing something wonderful. It has already happened, and I sense more and more of our kids getting these "once-in-a-lifetime chances." I hope we can start something here that grows along with our kids and these chances.
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