Support for sliding sports
Above: John Donovan, left, and Adirondack Foundation Executive Director Cali Brooks at the Olympic Bobsled Run at Mount Van Hoevenberg.
Bobsled, skeleton—heck, even regular old sledding ... if it involves sliding down an icy or snowy hill, John Donovan is game.
Sliding sports have always captivated Donovan. “I absolutely love sledding,” he says. “The sport of skeleton—I wish they had it when I was younger because I would have done it in a heartbeat.”
Donovan took a diff erent path and now serves as executive director of the Dubuque Mercy Health Foundation. But as fate would have it, the opportunity to stay involved with skeleton presented itself to Donovan in 2007, when he joined the United States Bobsled and Skeleton Federation’s Board of Directors.
This year, Donovan wraps up the second of his two four-year terms. One of his last acts was establishing the USA Bobsled Skeleton Endowment Fund at Adirondack Foundation.
“The principle behind starting the endowment is to build something here that will be a steady source of income,” Donovan says.
The primary source of funding for sports like skeleton and bobsled is the United States Olympic Committee—and getting money is tied directly to results. “If you win medals, you get more money,” Donovan says. “The fund, however, will be here no matter what. We set up the endowment so future athletes can do what they love: train, get better, and represent the United States.”
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