Live Like Sam & Youth Sports Alliance Park City Announce Gratitude Grant Winners
Sept 2019, Live Like Sam Staff
Live Like Sam, a local nonprofit aimed to help young athletes reach their dreams and excel in life, along with Youth Sports Alliance Park City (YSA) today announced Alex Mallen, Brynn Roberts, Emma Page, Jaqueline Kanzler, Kate Pessgrove, Lillie Walden, Lucas Fassio, Luke Jackson, Macey Shomaker, Rachael Haerter, and Teagan Kelley as the winners of the first-ever Gratitude Grant Merit Scholarship. Each will be awarded a merit-based scholarship for proving not only exceptional athletic ability, but demonstrated commitment to the Live Like Sam guiding principles and YSA Building Blocks for Life.
We are so grateful to all who took the time to apply. It was a very difficult selection process due to the sheer volume of worthy candidates in the area, and we actually ended up adding more winners than originally anticipated! I’m proud to present these young athletes with the first of what I hope to be many Gratitude Grants that join the YSA Circle of Excellence Awards in the future.”
Emily Fisher, executive director of YSA
Utah State University Partners with Live Like Sam
May 2019, Live Like Sam Staff
In our partnership, we will be working closely with sport researchers Dr. Travis Dorsch (Human Development and Family Studies) and Dr. Matthew Vierimaa (Kinesiology and Health Science). These scholars and their research teams are providing guidance around our comprehensive educational platforms for young athletes and their parents. Drs. Dorsch and Vierimaa are both assisting in the creation of pilot programs, initially focused on the Park City youth sport ecosystem.
This partnership represents a timely opportunity to effect positive change in the Park City community and beyond. Matt and I are excited to lend our passion for youth sport and our scholarly expertise to the Live Like Sam initiative.”
Dr. Travis E. Dorsch, Assistant Professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at USU
PCSS Partners with Live Like Sam
May 2019, PCCS Staff
The Live Like Sam Fund has partnered with Park City Ski and Snowboard with the joint mission of helping position young athletes to navigate not only the highest levels of athletic success but also develop essential life skills like resilience, mindfulness, discipline, grit and building healthy relationships.
Supporting LiveLikeSam.org is an obvious choice. We consider Sam a legacy PCSS athlete because of the time he spent with the Freeski team since 2006 that became PCSS Freeski in 2017. Sam was part of our family and his character – the team mate and person he was - is woven into the fabric of the whole club.”
Christie Hind, Interim Executive Director at PCSS
Utah Olympic Legacy Foundation Announces Partnership with Live Like Sam
May 2019, Utah Olympic Legacy Staff
Live Like Sam has partnered with the Utah Olympic Legacy Foundation to collaborate and commit joint resources toward a shared vision of improving youth development in sport.
Partnering with and supporting LiveLikeSam.org is not only a natural fit, it represents a shared belief and vision that youth development in sport needs increased attention beyond just athletic skill improvement." Colin Hilton, President & CEO at Utah Olympic Legacy Foundation
Live Like Sam Partners with U.S. Ski & Snowboard
April 2019, Ski Racing Staff
U.S. Ski & Snowboard and Live Like Sam, a Utah-based nonprofit, have announced a partnership to provide financial, educational, and community-minded tools to young athletes.
Live Like Sam was started after 16-year-old internationally-ranked freestyle skier, Sam Jackenthal, suffered a tragic ski training accident in Australia in 2015. The organization was launched by Sam’s father, Ron Jackenthal, by taking his grief and transforming it into inspiration.
Nonprofit Honoring Late Park City Skier Sam Jackenthal Partners with U.S. Ski and Snowboard
April 2019, Ben Ramsey
(Tom) Webb (U.S. Ski and Snowboard) said Live Like Sam's message will become part of U.S. Ski and Snowboard's athlete career and education program, which helps athletes navigate life by offering things like career development and mentorship opportunities, scholarships and life planning. The Live Like Sam curriculum would focus more on development of the athlete as a person, and would show the benefits of adopting some of the ideas that defined Sam's personality, such as sportsmanship, responsibility and inclusivity."
Ron Jackenthal Discusses Live Like Sam with KPCW
March 2019, Lynn Ware Peek and Tim Henney
When I think about what Sam would want - Sam would want to go out and live big and live large and be there for others and to be integrated into the community. So, for me that's been a very big inspiration to take the loss and focus on the legacy."
U.S. Ski & Snowboard and Live Like Sam Launch Partnership
March 2019, Andrew Gauthier
I am really excited about U.S. Ski & Snowboard supporting LiveLikeSam.org,” said Julie Glusker, Director of Athlete Career and Education at U.S. Ski & Snowboard. “The mission of Live Like Sam parallels our own organizational mission, ‘to lead, encourage, and support athletes in achieving excellence by empowering national teams, clubs, coaches, parents, officials, volunteers, and fans."
Freeskier Sam Jackenthal Remembered at King of the Wasatch Competition
March 2019, Ben Ramsey
Ron Jackenthal presented the USASA Sam Jackenthal Award to Henry Townshend, a Park City Ski and Snowboard skier who finished fourth in Saturday's freeski Breaker Boys division."
Ride for Sam: USASA remembers Jackenthal with award
March 2017, Griffin Adams
This year, the award went to James Kanzler, a 12-year-old from Park City. Typically a slopestyle skier, James pushed his limits by adding the halfpipe to his repertoire, as well as attended all of the association's regional events this year, including last weekend's King of Wasatch competition"
He Taught Us All How to Fly: Sam Jackenthal, 1999 to 2015
March 2015, Tom Kelly
Elite skiers wow us with their athleticism. But the really great ones impress us even more with their character. Sam Jackenthal was one of those. He was only 16. But what he experienced and achieved, and what he taught us, would fill many lifetimes."
National Junior Skier Dies from Head Injury
October 2015, Jon Gugala
Sam Jackenthal, a 16-year-old U.S. Ski and Snowboard (USSA) Junior Nationals champion who suffered a head injury while skiing at Perisher Ski Resort in Australia on September 8, died on Thursday, according to a statement from the boy’s father on Facebook.
“I am comforted knowing that Sam’s life was full of everything he loved,” Hatch wrote on the team Facebook page. “He lived to the fullest with passion and enthusiasm — an unabashed love for life.”