Keystone, CO, April 2, 2001–Members of the National Brotherhood of Skiers (NBS) met at Keystone Resort last week for their biennial summit and hosted the third annual Open Series USSA Invitational. Chartered in 1974, the predominantly African American nonprofit organization boasts the nation’s largest organized group of skiers.
The annual USSA Invitational showcased 100 athletes on March 28-29 from diverse backgrounds in slalom and GS races. Members of the NBS race and development team participated in hopes of representing the US Ski Team in world class events, including the winter Olympics. This year’s notable racers included brother-sister duo Andre and Suki Horton, Gabrielle Govan, and Crystal Roberts. Approximately 5,000 attendees showed up representing 60 of the 82 NBS ski clubs.
John Rutter, Keystone’s Chief Operator, presented NBS with a $15,000 check at the NBS Summit opening ceremony on March 26. “We’re extremely pleased to partner with the NBS in promoting skiing and snowboarding to young athletes,” Rutter said. “They’ve done a phenomenal job in helping young African Americans achieve their goals on and off the mountain.”
The National Brotherhood of Skiers is a member of the US Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA), the governing body for skiing in the US, which makes the organization eligible to host USSA sanctioned races.
During the summit, Rutter offered to donate an additional $2,000 to the NBS Youth Olympic Fund from Keystone Resort if a NBS member could beat him on the NASTAR course. NBS masters racer Michael Grims stepped up to the challenge and finished two seconds ahead of Rutter, winning the prize money for his cause.
“African Americans, motivated by their passion for skiing, were inspired to create opportunities for young people to pursue the sport, and pursue it competitively,” says Schone Malliet, NBS Competition Director. “Realizing the financial commitment, the NBS has made it its mission to provide funding, training and support for young African American men and women in pursuit of an Olympic medal,” Malliet says.
In addition to this summit, the NBS holds several regional gatherings each year to raise funds and provide training and scholarships to young skiers.
For more information about the National Brotherhood of Skiers National Team, visit: www.nbs.org