Copper Mountain, CO Feb. 17-This week, more than 2,100 African-American skiers are skiing the slopes of Copper Mountain, CO for the National Brotherhood of Skiers' mini-summit. These skiers and riders, representing 82 ski clubs nationwide, gather annually to show their support for young African-American skiers and their bid to earn a spot on the US Ski Team.
"We are truly excited to be the hosting such a great organization," said David Barry, CEO of Copper Mountain Resort. "The effort and commitment the National Brotherhood of Skiers has put forth in providing the opportunity for young athletes to achieve their dreams is unparalleled. It is going to be a great week."
In addition to this summit, the National Brotherhood of Skiers will hold several regional meetings this year to raise money to provide ski training and scholarships for young skiers.
"We have a mission to place an African-American on the US Ski Team," reported Lawanda Joseph, Public Relations Director for the National Brotherhood of Skiers. "We have a National Youth Ski Team and the money we raise through these gatherings helps gifted skiers to attend ski academies."
Throughout the week, several on- and off-slope activities will take place including a performance by national recording artist, Eric Benet, evening theme parties, and an on-mountain picnic.
On Friday Feb. 18, the Second Annual USSA Invitational Giant Slalom race will feature two of the group's top athletes, the brother/sister duo of Andre and Suki Horton from Anchorage, AK. Both are national prospects who lead the group's charge toward the US Ski Team.
For more information on the National Brotherhood of Skiers, check out their website at http://www.nbs.org/.