Live Like Sam and the United States of America Snowboard & Freeski Association (USASA) recently partnered on the USASA National Scholarship Competition, providing five lucky winners with a prize pack valued at $1,500.
We received 150 incredible submissions from talented young athletes all over the country, all of whom embody the Live Like Sam guiding principles and USASA core values of excellence, respect and fun in their own special way. Of these 150 applicants, five were selected – one from each of the USASA regional series:
- New England: Margie Black
- Rockies: AJ Juneau
- Central: Aten-wa Theba
- Eastern: Griffin Kleinle
- Western: Lys Fedorowycz
Each winner will have all entry fees to their respective regional competitions covered for the upcoming 2019 – 2020 winter season. And, if they qualify, each winner will also have their entry fees for the USASA National Championship in Copper Mountain, Colorado, paid in full.
“We were overwhelmed by the positive response to our first scholarship competition with USASA,” said Ron Jackenthal, founder of Live Like Sam. “It’s amazing to see how many young athletes are not only committed to doing well on the slopes, but also to putting character and inclusivity first on the slopes. We hope this is the first of many similar competitions to be offered in the future!”
All applicants were required to send in a brief 250-word essay and 30-second video describing how they incorporate the Live Like Sam guiding principles and USASA core values into their athletic participation. In addition to possessing exceptional character, each winner will also be expected to complete community service hours.
“At USASA, we place incredible value on both athletics and character,” said Tricia Byrnes, USASA marketing manager. “For us, that means giving back to the community in addition to performing well in our competition series. I’m blown away by the dedication shown by each of these young athletes, and I’m excited to see how we can help future athletes through our partnership with Live Like Sam.”
Live Like Sam and USASA wish each of the five winners the best of luck in the upcoming season. For more updates on available Live Like Sam scholarships and giveaways, be sure to follow our organization on social media or sign up for the newsletter today!