As a Mammoth resident, professional snowboarder and multi-gold medalist, Kelly Clark has seen the need for more support in education and snowboarding. Recognizing that student-athletes of Mammoth Mountain sometimes pay an average of $10,000 per year on snowboard competition and fees, Clark has partnered with the Mammoth Mountain Community Foundation to provide resources for young snowboarders to pursue their dreams while alleviating financial burdens of competition fees.
Kelly Clark not only rides Mammoth, but shares the stoke with the youth. | Photo: Wiki Commons/ John Lemieux
“I could not be more excited about teaming up with the MMCF to make an even bigger impact among our local youth,” Clark commented.
Aimed to provide funding to Mammoth Ski and Snowboard Team programs along with making annual donations to Mammoth Unified School District, the MMCF has combined forces with the Kelly Clark Foundation to support the youth. The focus of MMCF and the Kelly Clark Foundation has brought major attention to caring for snowboard team fees and costs of schooling in Mammoth, and offers the scholarship to both to non-local athletes and Mammoth residents on the team.
Approximately 70 riders are on the Mammoth team, yet many more want to join but do not have the financial resources.
“We hope this scholarship encourages more student athletes in Mammoth to join the team,” said MMCF Executive Director Stacy Corless.
Snowboard Champion Kelly Clark brings hope to athletes and education | Photo: Mammoth Mountain Community Foundation
Applications for the Mammoth Scholar Program are now available online through The Kelly Clark Foundation and the Mammoth Mountain Community Foundation. By this fall, representatives from MMCF, the Kelly Clark Foundation and the Mammoth snowboard team director, will select the first round of Mammoth Scholar awards. Both organizations accept tax-deductible donations to support the Mammoth Scholar Program.