Hurricane For Hope Set for Aug. 10

2012-07-18 13:57

PARK CITY, UT (July 25) - On Friday, August 10, family, friends, community members, Olympians and Paralympians will gather at Utah Olympic Park for the inaugural “Hurricane for HOPE". The Utah Olympic Legacy Foundation and The Speedy Foundation will come together to raise funds that support youth sports programs and mental health awareness. All proceeds from this event will be used to develop and deliver community educational programs dedicated to understanding mental illness, fighting its stigma, preventing suicide through youth sport programs and inspire youth to participate in sports and enjoy the benefits of a healthy lifestyle.

The Speedy Foundation was established in honor of the late Olympic medalist Jeret "Speedy" Peterson. The event will celebrate the “joy of sport” and the impact that being active has on the lives of youth and communities, as well as remember the life and legacy of Speedy who died last July. Peterson, who took the silver medal at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver for his trick the Hurricane, fully embodied sportsmanship, the love of participating in sport and the joy of being active. Although his hometown was in Idaho, he lived and trained for much of the season in Park City at the Utah Olympic Park. It seems only fitting to celebrate his life at the UOP.

Tickets range from $25 to $125, and special VIP packages are available for purchase at With doors opening at 6:30 p.m., guests will enjoy a silent auction, live music, food, meet and greet with Olympic athletes, and a spectacular big air show featuring the Flying Ace All Stars starting at 8 p.m. These athletes will be throwing their best tricks in Speedy's honor. Among those are teammate and close friend, Emily Cook, who has been a driving force behind the Hurricane for Hope event.

"My teammates and I really look forward to coming together to jump for Speedy and to help ensure that others in the future are supported in their own challenges" said Emily. "By joining with our winter Olympic teammates, The Speedy Foundation and the Utah Olympic Legacy Foundation, we feel we can begin to make a difference for future athletes and young people. We hope that our community will come out to support and celebrate with us on August 10th."

Also included is an opportunity drawing for a 3-hour private lesson for ten people taught by Olympic athletes and Fly Freestyle coaches. The suggested contribution for this opportunity is $25 or a ticket to the event. This experience includes Olympic coaching by Emily Cook, 2006 and 2010 Olympian, Freestyle Aerials; Jana Lindsey, 2006 and 2010 Olympian, Freestyle Aerials; Nate Roberts, 2010 Olympian, Freestyle Moguls; Lacy Schnoor, 2010 Olympian, Freestyle Aerials; and Graham Watanabe, 2006 and 2010 Olympian, Snowboardcross. For details please visit

To learn more about this specific event or find out how you can donate and become an active member in the Speedy Foundation visit

This event will be the largest collection of Olympic athletes outside of London and will include:

Olympic Medalists:
Derek Parra: Speedskating- 2002-Gold and Silver
Shannon Bahrke: Mogul Skiing-2002-Silver 2010 Bronze
Sarah Tueting: Ice Hockey-Gold 98, Silver ‘02
Jim Shea: Skeleton 2002 Gold
Nikki Stone: Aerials 1998 Gold
Bryon Wilson: Moguls 2010 Bronze

Lacy Schnoor: 2010 Olympian
Jana Lindsey: 2006, 2010 Olympian
Nate Roberts: 2010 Olympian, 2005 World Champion
Graham Watanabe: 2006, 2010 Olympian
Tracy Evans: 1994, 1998, 2002 Olympian

U.S. Ski Team:
Meg Olenick: U.S. Ski Team
KC Oakley: U.S. Ski Team

Jumping in the show: 
David Morris: AUS 2010 Olympian
Scotty Bahrke: 2010 Olympian
Brian Currutt: 2002 Olympian
Matt Chojnakci: 1998 Olympian
Emily Cook: 2006, 2010 Olympian
Heather McPhie: 2010 Olympian
Jillian Vogtli: Moguls-2002, 2006 Olympian

Zac Amidan: Former U.S. Ski Team
Mike Rossi: U.S. Ski Team
Andre Dumas: Former U.S. Ski Team
Dylan Ferguson: U.S. Ski Team
Ali Lee: U.S. Ski Team
Madison Olsen: U.S. Ski Team
Nevin Brown: U.S. Ski Team
John Lillis: U.S. Ski Team
Tim Gage

About The Speedy Foundation and the Utah Olympic Legacy Foundation
The Speedy Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to understanding mental illness, preventing suicide and fighting stigma through education, research and advocacy.

The Utah Athletic Foundation — operating under the trade-name Utah Olympic Legacy — is a Utah 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation. The Foundation provides sport programs, education and recreation opportunities for people of all ages and abilities, especially youth. All purchases, donations and fundraising support these efforts.

Media Contact for The Speedy Foundation:
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