U.S. Ski & Snowboard is asking our supporters and the public to help us reach our goal of $125,000 in donations. Our generous, anonymous donor will match each gift up to $125,000 for a total of $250,000 in support for our athletes.
When fully funded, the Jeff Shiffrin Athlete Resiliency Fund can respond quickly and effectively to athletes in need of financial assistance, helping them to realize their dreams of competing on the world stage.
We are deeply grateful to Eileen, Taylor, and Mikaela Shiffrin for their dedication and support in establishing this need-based fund, for their commitment to athletes across all sports, and for their desire to honor Jeff’s legacy.
The national team athletes represent our country and inspire us with the grit, talent, and determination. By joining our team and contributing support, you are inspiring them to reach for greatness and keep the flame alive.
To mail in a check please send it to: U.S. Ski & Snowboard attn: Foundation Department, Craig Booth 1 Victory Lane, Park City, UT 84060
The U.S. Ski & Snowboard Foundation is the non-profit fundraising arm of U.S. Ski & Snowboard. Incorporated in 1964 as a 501(c)3, the Foundation raises money to support year-round athlete training, development, competition and educational needs. Donations to the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Foundation are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by the law.
The Flame is Still Burning!
U.S. Ski & Snowboard, in collaboration with the Shiffrin family, is proud to announce that the Jeff Shiffrin Athlete Resiliency Fund (JSARF) campaign is re-launching ahead of this Father’s Day – Sunday, June 20, 2021. The focus of the new campaign is to establish need-based, direct-to-athlete funding for the national team athletes.
Our goal is to raise $125,000 in donations that will be matched by an anonymous donor for a total of $250,000 in athlete support.
Athletes will be required to apply for the funding, which they can use for any costs related to their sports careers. This includes, but is not limited to, living expenses, medical expenses, rehabilitation from injury, education, and professional certifications. The application process will be announced early in 2022, and applications will be assessed by a grants review committee composed of donors, Board of Trustees members, and alumni athletes. Athletes who are selected will receive their grants in the spring of 2022.
The Story Behind Keep the Flame Alive
On February 2, 2020, two-time Olympic champion Mikaela Shiffrin lost her dear father, Jeff Shiffrin, following a tragic accident. Shortly thereafter, the entire world became engulfed in the COVID-19 pandemic. In response to the COVID-19 crisis and the challenges it created for our athletes, a group of generous donors (six families) stepped up and offered to create the Jeff Shiffrin Athlete Resiliency Fund to support the needs of all U.S. Ski & Snowboard athletes across all sports disciplines. These donors contributed $1.5 million to this effort and issued a matching gift challenge to maximize the impact of their gift. We are thrilled to say that the campaign was a huge success, raising more than $3 million in support for our athletes.
The Jeff Shiffrin Athlete Resiliency Fund provided the resources necessary for our athletes to keep competing despite the challenges they faced. They came through it with spectacular results – 103 podiums including 27 victories – making the 2020-21 season one of the most successful in history.
The Road Ahead
Our focus turns to the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing, and beyond. With the re-launch of the Jeff Shiffrin Athlete Resiliency Fund, we can help our athletes meet their financial needs and focus on their training and competitions. They make us proud by giving their all on the world stage, let’s make them proud by continuing to support their dreams. Join us and help keep the flame alive.