Sun Peaks Resort LLP has announced the creation of a new program to assist young athletes in reaching their dreams. The Nancy’s Dream Fund was launched February 15 in commemoration of Nancy Greene Raine’s 50th anniversary of winning the Olympic gold medal in Grenoble, France.
Sun Peaks Resorts chief marketing officer Aidan Kelly made the announcement during a ceremony honouring Greene Raine.
“We’re actually calling it Nancy’s Dream Fund and the purpose of this is to assist local youth, many of which are here in front of us today, to chase their dreams as they pursue athletic achievements and advancement throughout their lives,” said Kelly.
Greene Raine was presented with a cheque for $2,000 from the resort which will be used to establish a base level of funding. The fund will be managed by the Sun Peaks Foundation and will have a process in place for young athletes to apply for financial assistance.
In the early years of her own ski career, Greene Raine relied on her community of Rossland, B.C. for the support she needed to chase her dreams. When presented the idea of having a celebration for her 50th anniversary, Greene Raine asked Kelly what they were going to do for the community. That’s when Kelly got the idea for the Nancy’s Dream Fund.
“My ski club went and knocked on every door in town to raise the money to send me to be a ski racer and that was what got me going. I couldn’t have done it without the community,” said Greene Raine.
Speaking directly to the Sun Peaks Elementary students who were in attendance Greene Raine said, “I know that when you kids have dreams and you want to go for it you’re going to get some help. To make sure you can have all the chances just like everybody else that’s going for it.