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JANS Winter Welcome raises money for Youth Sports Alliance

The 36th JANS Winter Welcome Charity Auction and Dinner benefiting the Youth Sports Alliance based in Park City, took place Saturday to inspire donations from the community to support the mission of the Alliance.

The Winter Welcome is Park City’s premier black-tie event preceding the winter season held this year at Stein Eriksen Lodge.

"The mission of the Youth Sports Alliance is to support winter sports activities for youth in Summit and Wasatch counties, promoting good sportsmanship and healthy lifestyles through participation, education and competition,” said Aimee Preston, executive director Youth Sports Alliance. “We support over 2,200 kids throughout Utah and get them involved in sports.

"Through elementary after school programs, providing scholarships and also supporting nine winter sports clubs we make a difference in the community. All of these need funding for equipment, coaches and more and this community is always so generous as they give back allowing the kids to have opportunities that the may have not had before.”

Before the Youth Sports Alliance was initially established in 2003, Jan Peterson, whom the event is named after, was originally an after-hours welcoming of youth from the community who needed a place to go. From there it has grown into an event that has raised over $9 million.

“Jan wanted everyone in the community to have the opportunity to be able to follow their dreams,” said Matt Terwillegar, Peterson's son-in-law. “This is why we are here, to carry on that desire and that legacy.”

“It means so much to me to be able to give back to kids,” said Shannon Barke, a two-time Olympic medalist in mogul skiing and the master of ceremonies of the event. “I was once in the shoes that these kids are in and being able to achieve the dreams that I had set for myself.”

Per the description of the Youth Sports Alliance, “The YSA seeks to involve youth through its outreach programs to schools in Summit and Wasatch County by presenting at assemblies and community school festivals to create awareness of the available winter sports opportunities.”

“More than a decade after Utah hosted the Olympic Winter Games and the creation of the Youth Sports Alliance, youth from Park City and Utah have succeeded in the sports venues left from the legacy of the Games,” said Bill Demong, executive director USA Nordic. “The youth in these programs learn about positive healthy lifestyles, dedication to a craft, sportsmanship and more. The benefits the Youth Sports Alliance brings are far-reaching and life-altering.”

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