Freeskiing Philanthropy

Posted By: The Ski Channel on September 17, 2011 6:22 am

WAITSFIELD, VTMad River Glen and the University of Vermont Ski & Snowboard Club have teamed up to establish the Flyin’ Ryan Scholarship Fund. The scholarship is in honor of Ryan Hawks, a 25 year old UVM alumni and professional free skier who passed away after a tragic crash last year during competition.

Two athletes will be honored with the scholarship, which will cover tuition to train each season with the Mad River Glen Free Skiing Team. On-going fundraising by the University of Vermont Ski & Snowboard Club, and the Mad River Glen FreeskiingTeam will keep the scholarship fund constantly growing. The up-and-coming non-profit High Fives is also involved in supporting the scholarship

High Fives is well known for their empathy towards riders and skiers. The up-and-coming non-profit organization started by Roy Tuscany, offers a helping hand in raising money for athletes who have been seriously injured.

In 2006, Roy Tuscany misjudged a jump while skiing on Mammoth Mountain that left him in critical condition with a broken back and severe trauma to his spinal cord. Despite being told my multiple professionals that he would possibly never walk again, within 5 years, Roy is now back skiing and wants nothing more than to pay it forward.

Nothing could be more important to an injured athlete than to feel the love and support from an industry that they’ve clearly given so much to. Its pretty amazing to see so many people taking initiative and coming together for a good cause — and a fitting way to remember Ryan Hawks.