To the editor,
Our region is justifiably proud to have seen a number of local athletes participate in the Vancouver Winter Olympics. The list of people and community organizations responsible for helping these, and many other athletes, reach their promise is extraordinarily long. Collectively, we should all feel great pride in our ability to support dedicated, aspiring young athletes and to assist the nonprofit organizations that are committed to introducing our youth to activities that promote lifelong health and well-being.
Residents of our region are well known for giving of their volunteer time and financial support. As the director of the Adirondack Community Trust, I have the pleasure of administering the Uihlein-Ironman Sports Fund, a partnership between the Henry Uihlein II and Mildred A. Uihlein Foundation and North America Sports, Inc., now known as World Triathlon Corporation. The fund distributes grants to competitive young athletes with aptitude for regional, national and international levels of sport. The fund also supports programming for organizations that foster the next generation of competitive athletes. Recently, ACT received a donation from Mary Shea Demong to the Uihlein-Ironman Sports Fund in honor of her grandson, Billy Demong, member of the Nordic Combined Team and winner of gold and silver medals.
She wrote, “Billy has been a recipient of a grant from your fund which helped enable him to become a part of the sports program and attain his goal of performing at the Olympic level. He has always loved the Adirondacks, as has his entire family, and we are all most grateful that he can represent the North Country. Our sincerest thanks and best wishes for all your athletes.”
This is yet another example of the generosity and support for which our region is renowned.
You too can support the dreams of local athletes as they strive to be gold medalists by contributing to the Uihlein-Ironman Sports Fund, PO Box 288, Lake Placid, NY 12946 or visit www.GenerousACT.org.
Grants and Scholarship Coordinator