17 athletes, 10 organizations receive support from Uihlein-Ironman Sports Fund
LAKE PLACID — The Uihlein-Ironman Sports Fund (UISF) awarded 27 grants to local athletes and organizations at a ceremony at Heaven Hill Farm on Sunday, Sept. 27.
Established at Adirondack Foundation in 2004 by the Henry Uihlein II and Mildred A. Uihlein Foundation and World Triathlon Corporation, UISF supports local athletes who aspire to compete on the international stage as well as community organizations that promote participation in life-long summer and winter sports. Grants are recommended annually by a committee of local residents and representatives from the sponsoring organizations.
“These grants represent a strong investment in our communities,” said Ashley Walden of USA Bobsled and Skeleton, a member of the UISF selection committee. “We’re excited to watch how these athletes continue to grow in their respective sports. We’re also pleased to support grassroots organizations that inspire young people to get outside and embrace life-long sports and recreational activities.”
Karl Schulz of Lake Placid received support this year to cover travel and equipment expenses as he sets his sights on Europe, where he hopes to compete on the international stage following his best season to date. In 2014-15, Schulz took home gold in the 10-kilometer skate at Junior Nationals in Truckee, Calif., in addition to several top 10 finishes at national competitions in the U.S. and Switzerland.
“The Uihlein-Ironman Sports Fund has supported me over the last several years in my athletic endeavors,” Schulz said. “Being a student athlete, training year-round, traveling to compete, and keeping up with my academics doesn’t leave much time for me to earn money to pay for these amazing opportunities. We’re extremely fortunate to have a resource like the Uihlein-Ironman Sports Fund to help support our dreams, whether they’re regional and national goals or Olympic.”
The following athletes also received grants this year:
- Bryce Hartman
- Esther Munoz
- Chris Mazdzer
- Annelies Cook
- Henry McGrew
- Jacquelyn Garso
- Royal McDonnell
- Ethan Wood
- Scott Schulz
- Maris Van Slyke
- Gabriella Armstrong
- Silas Swanson
- Witter Swanson
- Beckett Ledger
- Trent White
- Everett Sapp
The Tupper Lake Rod & Gun Club was awarded a grant to support its elementary school youth archery program and the middle-high school National Archery in Schools Program (NASP).
“Our youth and NASP archery programs have grown exponentially,” said program coordinator Pam Savard. “We are so grateful to be chosen to receive the Uihlein-Ironman Sports Fund grant. These funds will help us accommodate more participants than we could with current equipment. It will be awesome to expand our equipment inventory to handle the growing numbers.”
Other organizations receiving grants this year include:
- YENGA (Saranac Lake Middle School Ski Club)
- Saranac Lake Cross Country Running Team
- Saranac Lake Area Youth Program
- Friends of Mt. Pisgah
- Dewey Mountain Friends
- Lake Placid Ski Club
- Lake Placid Outing Club
- New York Ski Educational Foundation
- Tri-Lakes Youth Lacrosse
To learn more about UISF, or to make a gift to support future grants, call (518) 523-9904 or visit www.adirondackfoundation.org.