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44 YSA Athletes Named To National Teams


Despite a shortened school year, the Youth Sports Alliance continued to impact young athletes pursue their goals as nearly 50 youth athletes were named to national teams.

While the Youth Sports Alliance hopes come winter time that the area will be in the green phase of COVID-19, the group is preparing contingency plans to provide services regardless. Director Emily Fisher gave some examples of what their programs could look like in the green or yellow phase. 

“For instance, under yellow, cross-country skiing classes could be conducted at the school sites,” Fisher explained. “We have been working with all of our great partners to see how we can get equipment and venues and coaches to where the students are. So those would potentially happen at the school sites. We are so lucky in Park City that we have trails and grooming that are so close to many of our different schools. If we were under green, cross-country ski classes would include transportation, to and from White Pine Touring.” 

Fisher says they, like most nonprofits in the area, are working on how to raise funds for their programing although they are not sure exactly what that will look like this year. Fisher says their programing continues to be a success with 1,700 students participating in after school programs during the shortened school year. She also shared that they saw 44 current or alumni athletes named to National and Jr. National teams. 

“14 of those athletes participated in our Get Out and Play programs,” Fisher continued. “Two of those athletes participated in our ACTiV8 after school program which just started in 2016, and is geared towards middle school and jr. high students. So exciting just to see all the local athletes who are having success at that national and international level. Seven of the nominees received direct training funds from our Stein Eriksen opportunity fund. 11 of those athletes are brand new to the national team. So really fun to celebrate some of those local success stories.” 

The list of those athletes can be found here. Additional accolades have been given by the US Ski & Snowboard national organization, they named the Wasatch Freestyle club the Freestyle Club of the year.

KPCW reporter David Boyle covers all things in the Heber Valley as well as sports and breaking news.
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