Life is Good
These last few weeks have been up beat and high tempo in all aspects of my life. As a Sr. on the University of St Thomas hockey team it was good to start the season off this past weekend. We went 1-1-1 and had the chance to play against the US development U-18 team which rosters players that are all committed to division 1 schools and some will most likely go on the play in the NHL. It was a great experience and a fun way to start off my last hockey season of my college career.
My project has been rapidly taking shape as we have made some awesome connections with new athletes and people that want to be involved in something special. Everyone that I talk to, giving them my pitch, wants to be involved. They are eager to know more, and what they can do to offer their support. All this interest makes me very excited and motivated to keep looking forward with reachable but challenging goals.
We are now in the second stage of developing prototypes for the “Athleats” trailmix brand. Excited on what we have created so far and am anxious to get them on the shelves! I will be starting with two initial sponsored PHGB athletes Travis Ganong and Marco Sullivan. I am super stoked, and privileged to be working with these two amazing athletes that hold a spot on the US Ski Team.
Travis grew up skiing on the Squaw Valley Ski Team and saw firsthand many young racers with the talent and desires to make it to the next level. Unfortunately, many of them were not as lucky as Travis and weren’t able to financially support themselves long enough to grow their potential into success. Through the Lake Tahoe Ski Club Travis will be setting up a Winter Athlete Scholarship Fund to help give that little extra financial support to many up-and-coming athletes in the Tahoe region. In addition, Travis will be a mentor to these athletes and will help bring to them the development skills he’s obtained throughout his association with the US Ski Team.
Find out more about Lake Tahoe Ski Club: http://www.laketahoeskiclub.com/LTSkiClub/Home.html
Marco, a veteran of the US Ski Team and attendee of two Olympic Games, is now what we consider an “old man,” having been demoted to the B team due to nagging injuries and lack of financial support. We find Marco with the heart and desire to push himself even further, and at the ripe old age of 31 we see something in Marco that you see in only a few great athletes: passion, heart, humble desire, and unparalleled commitment to push himself toward greatness. Marco has developed a passion for speed and pushes himself daily on and off the mountain. Some of his closest friends have also pushed themselves on the mountain and did not walk away. Marco is close friends with the High Fives Foundation and will be working on special projects with athletes like Jake Hickman, (http://www.highfivesfoundation.org/index.php/donate/athlete/jake-hickman-2). Marco makes a point when in Truckee to spending as much time as possible with High Fives athletes that have gotten seriously hurt in the sport he loves so dearly.
Find out more about the High Fives Foundation and how Marco is making a difference: http://www.highfivesfoundation.org/
Everything has been truckin’ along as I try to juggle school, hockey, and my project. I am excited to hopefully have some finished product by Thanksgiving and excited to get back to Sun Valley, Id over Christmas break to make a HUGE push in production and distribution.