Local athletes, organizations get a boost from philanthropy

Monday, October 16, 2017

LAKE PLACID — Grants from the Uihlein-Ironman Sports Fund (UISF) at Adirondack Foundation will help local athletes, including two 2018 Olympic hopefuls, reach for their goals this coming winter.

At a ceremony at Heaven Hill Farm on Sunday, Oct. 15, UISF awarded grants to 17 athletes and 10 community organizations that support local athletes. Grants this year totaled nearly $45,000. Jamie Poser, bobsled, and Chris Mazdzer, luge, received special matching grants to help them as they strive for the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

“In Olympic years, we look to double-down on our support of local athletes working to qualify for the Games,” UISF Committee member Mara Smith said. “Support like this is central to our mission. These athletes make a lot of sacrifices, and we want to help limit the financial hurdles so they can focus on balancing training, education, and giving back to the community.”

“The community here has been with me every step of the way,” said Jamie Poser. “The support I’ve received not only helps me push myself, but it also keeps me rooted to Lake Placid. I am incredibly fortunate for everything you’ve done for me—I’ll keep that with me on the road to Pyeongchang.”

“Henry and Mildred Uihlein loved sports, and they loved the community here,” said John Leekley, chair of the Uihlein Foundation. “The Uihlein-Ironman Sports Fund embodies those two loves. If he were here today, he’d be proud of both these athletes and the organizations that have supported them.”

At this year’s ceremony, the committee also recognized Gabby Armstrong of Lake Placid for her efforts to give back to her community.

“The Sports Fund exists because of generosity, and Gabby’s own generosity embodies that spirit,” said UISF Committee member Ashley Walden. “She’s an active volunteer at the Lake Placid Food Pantry, she helps elementary school students with their home work at the Lake Placid Public Library, and serves on the board of the Lake Placid-Wilmington Connecting Youth and Communities—and that just scratches the surface. She is an inspiration to us all.”

Additionally, the Lake Placid Outing Club received a grant in honor of its commitment to growing its base and helping more kids get outdoors and active.

These athletes received UISF support this year:

  • Nina Armstrong
  • Gabby Armstong
  • Cecily Decker
  • Tara Geraghty-Moats
  • Sean Hollander
  • Beckett Ledger
  • Sylvie Linck
  • Nina Lussi
  • Chris Mazdzer
  • Henry McGrew
  • Anya Morgan
  • Esther Munoz
  • Jamie Poser
  • Karl Schulz
  • Scott Schulz
  • Sydney-Yu Terpening
  • Matthew White

These local organizations received grants this year:

  • Friends of Mt. Pisgah
  • Lake Placid Central School District
  • Lake Placid Outing Club
  • Lake Placid Youth Athletic Association
  • NCCC Association
  • New York Ski Educational Foundation
  • Paul Smith’s College VIC
  • Saranac Lake Nordic Ski Club
  • Saranac Lake SkatePark
  • Tupper Lake Youth Nordic

The Uihlein-Ironman Sports Fund was established at Adirondack Foundation in 2004 by the Henry Uihlein II and Mildred A. Uihlein Foundation and World Triathlon Corporation (formerly North American Sports). It 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.

To help local athletes pursue their dreams, or to support community organizations that promote participation in life-long sports, consider a donation to the Uihlein-Ironman Sports Fund: visit www.adirondackfoundation.org to learn more.

For more information, call Adirondack Foundation at (518) 523-9904.