by Eileen Allen
I caught up with David last week to see how he was doing with his new office and to ask him how the SSWSC has affected his life and did he have a story to tell!Many of you remember his ski career…he was one of those kids who skied very well at a young age and then got better. He basically lived at Howelson Hill and the only way his folks could punish him (that actually worked) was to deny him training. He learned how to take care of his body and learned how to stay driven, focused and enjoy the escape and freedom that skiing fast gave him. He knows that the self-confidence and pride that he received from being part of the SSWSC are what propelled him to the US Team. After several years on the team he was a top skier for the DU Pioneers. When he graduated he decided that he still just loved competing in skiing and he set his eyes on possibly going to the Olympics…but after a devastating crash at a World Cup in France he knew it was time to quit and move on.
He searched for a career that would allow him to feed his competitive spirit and after many phone calls opened an Edward Jones office in Steamboat right next to City Market. “I have the markets at my disposal while maintaining a lifestyle of outdoor sports freedom” says David.
Coming home to Steamboat David knew he wanted to give back in a big way. He knows that it was the Steamboat Lion’s Club that paid a scholarship so that he could train in Europe, that it was David Baldinger and Craig Thrasher that helped him with equipment, that at every race maybe 40 volunteers were there to put on the races, that coaches helped him reach his dreams and of course the great support of his family and friends that all helped him attain his success. Now that he has come home to Steamboat to live you can see him giving very generously with his time. He is the J3 coach who takes the kids free skiing as he believes that is what gives our kids an edge in their racing…he is at the Arts Council volunteering as the bartender for their events…he is paying it forward as he is honored to be able to call Steamboat his home and he wants to contribute and be an active community member.David feels that the experience of the SSWSC has given him a leg up in life on many levels compared to people who haven’t had this experience and for this he is very thankful.
Alumni Club of SSWSC!
We have had a number of past athletes and parents looking for a way to reconnect with the relationships they formed while being an active member of SSWSC. This has lead to the creation of the Alumni Club for ex-athletes, their parents and alumni coaches.
The Alumni Club will be a place to find old friends and make new ones. There will a number of social or “outing” events throughout the year to allow everyone to gather and share their memories!!
The annual membership fee is $20 per alumni under 30 and $50 per alumni parent/coach or athlete over 30 per year. All but $5 of each membership will be given directly to the SSWSC for General Operating Expenses. The amount kept back will be used for incidentals the Alumni Club may incur over the course of the year. We would like to request that each member donate 5 hours a year in volunteer time to SSWSC. This is not mandatory just encouraged and will not be tracked.
Come join the Club and at the same time give a little back to the Organization that gave you so much!!!!
Please fill out the form below if you would like to join the Alumni Club.