Killington Mountain School (KMS) has been awarded a generous grant from the Killington World Cup Foundation (KWCF) to support its Four Season Airbag Jump Facility located at the base of Superstar at Killington Resort. This grant helped to offest the cost of purchasing a new 50’x75’x11’ airbag already in use for KMS' popular 2022 summer camps.
Since its completion in 2018, the KMS Four Season Airbag Jump Facility has served over 250 Academy and Development Program athletes logging almost 2,500 days on the jump at a rate of about 15-20 jumps per day. The Airbag Jump Facility is an essential training tool that aids athletes in safely and confidently progressing their aerial tricks; taking them from the trampoline, to the airbag, to the snow. The action sport disciplines, Freestyle Moguls, Snowboard and Freeskiing, have specific jump volume targets that athletes must meet on the airbag jump in order to qualify jumps/tricks for the upcoming winter competition season. KMS serves many eastern programs in need of this type of venue via our summer camps and rental options, providing critical training for action sport athletes in the Northeast.
KMS is deeply grateful to be able to further and participate in the mission of KWCF by increasing access for kids to winter sports and creating life long participants of winter sports. Please read and share the KWCF press release below.
The Killington World Cup Foundation Awards over $289,000 in Grants to
31 Nonprofits Across the Northeast
The Killington World Cup Foundation (KWCF) awarded 31 grants totaling $289,000 to Northeast area nonprofits in eight states. KWCF also donated $160,000 to support athlete housing at the Killington Cup. These grants were made possible as a result of the 2021 Homelight Killington Cup. In the last four years KWCF has donated almost $2,000,000 in incremental resources to the winter sports infrastructure and youth snow sport programs in the region.
The Killington World Cup Foundation grants ranged from $1,500 to $25,000. All of the grant recipients are registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations or have a fiscal sponsor. Awarded projects included: supporting and expanding youth community snowsport programs in rural North Carolina and Maine, helping to grow the program for the Association of Africans living in Vermont, and providing trail expansion and equipment for Nordic, Adaptive, Alpine, Snowboarding and Ski Jumping youth organizations. Over half of this year’s grantees are new to the Killington World Cup Foundation. Grants were awarded June 15, 2022 and funding begins September 15, 2022.
“The KWCF is critical to not only the success of the Killington World Cup events each year, but it has changed the lives of so many young ski racers across the Northeast with its goal of
benefitting local and regional youth development programs. KWCF continues to provide
opportunity and critical help to clubs to help them support the dreams of their athletes,” states Doug Lewis.
“Thank you so much for the generous grant! We look forward to continuing our work to support local children in our area and providing access to snow sports. This would not be possible without the support of KWCF.” - 2022 Grantee
“Thank you very much for the terrific news on our grant from KWCF supporting Phase 2 of the Andover Outing Club’s year-round Ski Jumping Initiative! That’s a huge help as we continue to move forward and gain momentum with Phase 2. This initiative is so important to our youth ski jumpers here in the northeast!”
A list of all of 2022’s grant recipients as well as details for organizations interested in applying for future KWCF grants can be found at kwcfgivesback.org.
About the Killington World Cup Foundation
KWCF was created to support the Women's World Cup at Killington and to benefit local and regional youth development programs. KWCF will consider and award grants to qualifying 501(c)(3) organizations to facilitate training infrastructure in the Northeast and SARA region (ME/NH/VT/CT/NY/MA/RI/NJ/PA/NC/VA/WV) and to increase participation in competitive winter sports programs throughout the Northeast. Fundraising is a year-round effort. For more information, visit kwcfgivesback.org.