Board of Directors Meeting Recap - May 2017
Following is a recap of key reports and decisions from the May 13, 2017 meeting of the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Board of Directors. Formal meeting minutes will be published in June.
Organizational Name Change
New Board of Director Positions
Athlete Safety and Security
U.S. Ski & Snowboard is working closely with the United State Olympic Committee’s Center for Safesport. Launched this past season, the Center includes an education and outreach office as well as a response and resolution office to support national governing bodies and their members across the country. More information on U.S. Ski & Snowboard’s SafeSport procedures can be found at ussa.org/safesport.
Future initiatives for BRASS include additional Level 1 avalanche education courses, working with U.S. Ski & Snowboard Sport Education to develop coach-specific learning materials and developing a strong partnership with Sölden, Austria to become a leader in off-piste destination resort skiing. For more information on BRASS please see www.brassfoundation.org.
U.S. Ski & Snowboard High Performance Training Sites
2019 World Championships
Olympic Selection Criteria
Athlete Career and Education
During the 2016-17 season, U.S. Ski & Snowboard was able to provide $213,000 in college tuition reimbursement to 57 athletes attending 13 institutions of higher learning.
Rosie Brennan - Cross Country Athlete
Additionally, the following athletes participate in the governance process for U.S. Ski & Snowboard partner organizations:
Holly Brooks - USOC Athletes’ Advisory Council
Since launching the campaign in fall 2016, the Foundation has received pledges in excess of $20 million for the Marolt Athlete Endowment. Money raised for this endowment will provide funding for athlete travel, elite coaching, education and career skills and transition support.
Executive Vice President and Chief Development Officer Trisha Worthington announced the promotion of Amanda Black to director of development, major giving.
Sport Committee Updates
Alpine (Provided by Darryl Landstrom)
Cross Country (Provided by Cami Thompson-Graves)
Freeskiing Sport Committee (Provided by Tom Yaps)
Freestyle Sport Committee (Provided by Chris Seemann)
Ski Jumping/Nordic Combined (Provided by Martina Lussi)
In light of this news, USA Nordic will name a women’s nordic combined team for the 2017-18 season. The committee requested permission to add a women’s combined class to the 2018 U.S. Championships which was granted.
Snowboarding (Provided by Dylan Omlin)
The committee also presented a U.S. Ski & Snowboard and USASA partnership document recognizing that both organizations play a key role in the development of competitive snowboarding and freeskiing in the U.S. and outlining areas in which the two organizations could collaborate to promote the growth of these sports. Collaboration areas include events and competition pipeline, marketing and promotions, coach education and club development.
Recognition of Persons Passed