US Ski and Snowboard Teams pays thanks to Westminster College

Posted By: The Ski Channel on June 21, 2011 1:57 pm

SALT LAKE CITY – The U.S. Ski Team and U.S. Snowboarding athletes gathered to thank Westminster College for its unique program, which has provided support for over 70 national team athletes in the past six years.

Founded in 1875, Westminster College, located in Salt Lake City, Utah, is a nationally recognized, private comprehensive liberal arts college.

Westminster College initiated a partnership with the USSA in 2005 to help promote its very successful Winter at Westminster program. Team athletes training at the USSA Center of Excellence are able to mix their Olympic preparation with education through a tuition-free grant program. Over 25 athletes are currently enrolled.

“The Westminster program is great for U.S. Ski Team athletes because we can pursue schooling along with our athletic careers,” Olympic freestyle skiing bronze medalist Bryon Wilson said.

Wilson and his U.S. Ski Team and U.S. Snowboarding classmates met with Westminster President Michael Bassis recently to thank him.

“It was nice to meet President Basis in person,” ski jumper Alissa Johnson said. “It was good to meet all of the athletes in the Westminster program – it’s always fun getting together with athletes in a non-athletic setting.”

“Not only are they exceptional athletes, they are exemplary students. We are proud to have them at Westminster as part of our student body,” Director of Corporate Relations Safia Keller said. “We always look forward to following their results throughout the season on the World Cup circuit, as well as the World Championships and Olympics.”