Disabled Sports USA Far West Names Andy Wirth Citizen of the Year
Squaw Valley Ski Holdings President and CEO Honored by Renowned Adaptive Snowsports School
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[Alpine Meadows, Calif.] April 16, 2014 – Disabled Sports USA Far West (Disabled Sports) announced today that the organization has bestowed its second annual Citizen of the Year Award on Andy Wirth, president and CEO of Squaw Valley Ski Holdings.
The award recognizes an individual for their outstanding support of Disabled Sports and the organization’s mission. Through their generosity and commitment, the recipient has been instrumental in changing the lives of people with disabilities and especially service members disabled in Iraq and Afghanistan who participate in Disabled Sports’ programs.
Since its inception in 1967, Disabled Sports had provided adaptive ski and snowboard instruction at its home base mountain, Alpine Meadows. Last year the organization expanded to serve students at sister resort, Squaw Valley. The program has thrived at Squaw due to the support of Mr. Wirth who personally championed the expansion. Under his direction, Squaw donated lift tickets and season passes for Disabled Sports programs. Additionally, Mr. Wirth agreed to sponsor the organization’s annual “Ability Celebration” a weeklong snowsports camp for injured military servicemen and women. He arranged for Squaw to completely underwrite the “Ability Bash” a fundraising dinner honoring the wounded warriors participating in the event. Squaw’s extensive in-kind donations to Disabled Sports total approximately $80,000 per year.
“We are so thrilled to present the award to Andy Wirth,” said Disabled Sports’ Executive Director, Haakon Lang-Ree. “His incredible energy and leadership has allowed us to reach even more disabled students including many veterans who have given so much our freedom.”
About Disabled Sports USA Far West
Disabled Sports USA Far West is the founding chapter of the national organization (Disabled Sports USA) and has led the way in adaptive sports and recreation for people with disabilities for over 40 year and is the nation's largest nonprofit, multi-sport and multi-disability organization For more information, please visit call (530) 581-4161 or visit www.disabledsports.net.“If I Can Do This, I Can Do Anything!”sm
About Squaw Valley
Host of the 1960 Winter Olympics, Squaw Valley is internationally renowned for legendary terrain that spans 3,600 skiable acres, six peaks and 29 chairlifts, and ranges from an expansive mountaintop beginner area to unrivaled expert steeps, trees and bowls. Off the mountain, families relax in The Village at Squaw Valley around the cozy fire pits or enjoy a host of restaurants, bars, boutiques and art galleries. Guests can stay in one of The Village at Squaw Valley’s one, two or three bedroom suites, each with a fireplace, kitchen and balcony, for the ultimate slopeside lodging experience.
About Alpine Meadows
Alpine Meadows’ seven powder bowls, summit-to-base groomed slopes, and authentic hospitality are among the many attributes that have made the resort a favorite of the local community and visitors alike. Alpine Meadows offers skiers and riders access to more than 100 trails across 2,400 skiable acres serviced by 13 lifts. With its high annual snowfall of 450 inches, the resort boasts one of Tahoe’s longest skiing and boarding seasons.
Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows recently joined forces, bringing the two ski resorts under common ownership. Skiers and riders can now access 6,000 skiable acres, 42 lifts and 270+ trails at Squaw and Alpine Meadows on the Tahoe Super Pass or any lift ticket.
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