Backyard Sports Cares returned to the welcoming slopes of the Thunder Ridge Ski Area in Patterson, NY, with eleven first time skiers from the Westhab Dayspring Community Center in Yonkers. Piloting the efforts were Backyard Sports Cares Board President, Michael Moser and Junior Board student members, Cam Moser and Jake Stahl. In addition, the event was further aided by Backyard Sports Care’s friends, Noel Muyskens, Executive Director of MVP Basketball Camp, who also works on the Thunder Ridge ski staff and John Tomlin, the Chief of Staff for State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins.
The students were given a 90-minute lesson and practiced their new skills on the bunny slope. With the assistance of the BYS chaperones, a majority of the participants rode the chair lift and successfully navigated their fears and the mountain.
This was the second ski trip in as many years coordinated by Backyard Sports. Last year an event was coordinated with the Carver Center in Port Chester.
Carlos Ribiero, site coordinator for Dayspring commented that not only did the participants receive a great day of instruction for a completely new activity, but they had an opportunity to implement these skills in a new and refreshing environment. He adds, “Any experience which raises a student’s sensibilities and awareness outside of the day to day scenery builds healthy exploration skills. This experience was further enhanced by the great role modeling of the friends and high school students that assisted.”