Vail, CO (December 4, 2015) — U.S. Ski Team Downhiller, Steven Nyman and SOS Outreach have partnered up to provide opportunities for at-risk youth across the nation to engage in adventure sports. As part of the World Cup circuit, Steven Nyman joins SOS Outreach as they celebrate 22 years of sliding on the snow. Through their unique programs and progressive curriculum, SOS Outreach introduces more than 5,000 youth each year to skiing and snowboarding, but more importantly, inspires youth to unleash their potential to thrive. Since the organization’s founding in 1993, SOS Outreach has introduced more than 45,000 youth to the mountains.
SOS Outreach currently offers programs across 31 mountain resorts in 6 different states. New this year, SOS is expanding programs to Nyman’s home town, Park City. As part of this expansion, at-risk youth in Salt Lake will benefit from the rigorous curriculum to build self-esteem and life skills through leadership workshops, community service projects, core value training, mentorship, and ride days. Participants come from a variety of backgrounds including failing grades, low-income households, and single-parent families. Along with the opportunity to experience mountain adventure sports, SOS programs incorporate positive adult mentors that offer encouragement and act as positive role models for youth.
While the organization is proud of these expansion efforts and curriculum developments, the real excitement is due to the impacts SOS is seeing in participants. One long-term participant explained the positive effect the curriculum has had in her life: “Without SOS and the support that I received, I don’t doubt I would have gone down the wrong path sooner or later. What [SOS gave] me is the path to success and change…Change is your future and the best way to predict your future is to create it.”
All of this positive change is made possible through the support of our industry partners and iconic role models like Steven Nyman. Executive director Seth Ehrlich explains “without the support we receive from the community as well as all of our mountain partners nationally, this level of impact wouldn’t happen.”
“SOS has a great mission and excellent track record of serving at-risk youth in which I am proud to be their first ever athlete ambassador foster inspiration for these kids” said Steven Nyman who will be racing downhill and super G at Birds Of Prey in Beaver Creek, CO this weekend Dec 4th & 5th.
About SOS Outreach
Founded in 1993, SOS Outreach is a national youth development program that introduces underserved youth to adventure sports like skiing, snowboarding, rock climbing, mountain biking, and backpacking. Serving over 5,000 youth annually, SOS Outreach promotes long-term success through best-practice and progressive curriculum that focuses on service, goal-setting, life skills workshops, core value development, and positive adult mentorship. To learn more, visit www.sosoutreach.org, or call 970.926.9292.
About Steven Nyman
Steven Nyman is currently the top-ranked #1 U.S. Ski Team downhill racer with a prestigious # 6 ranking entering the 2015/16 the FIS World Cup season.
As a three-time Olympian – Torino 2006, Vancouver 2010, Sochi 2014 – he has an altruistic perspective on performance and is truly a role model on the international circuit and hyper-focused on running the distance to his fourth Olympics in PyeongChang 2018.
Nyman is a tech-savvy entrepreneur who built an international digital platform, Fantasy Ski Racer with a mission to grow the fan base and participation of the sport for the next generation of ski racers.