SYNC was established in 2014 to help athletes push limits, challenge the status quo, and strive for that which is beyond the horizon. They design apparel and equipment based on athlete needs and feedback, and have supported clubs, non-profits, and independent race teams along the way. Today we are excited to announce another step toward fulfilling the needs of performance athletes by partnering with the SYNC Athlete Fund.
The SYNC Athlete Fund is a $50,000 grant program to help fill the funding gap for ski racing athletes representing the United States in their quest for the highest levels of competition. The SYNC Athlete Fund will make grants to offset training and competition costs for the most promising and deserving athletes in the sport.
The Fund’s mission is to build a better future for the sport of ski racing by inspiring, empowering, and supporting the next generation of racers. Through a combined effort, we will provide direct funding to athletes, removing financial obstacles in their journey to the top of the sport. It’s about challenging the status quo and channeling resources to support a wider, stronger base of skiers, something we hope inspires others to do the same.
SYNC’s support of clubs, athletes, independent race teams, and non-profit partners is taking a big step forward with the addition of direct athlete funding. With the national team only funding a select few athletes who meet criteria, SYNC will support athletes as they train and compete outside fully funded programs and fight to earn World Cup spots as proven in past success stories of athletes like Brian McLaughlin, Robby Kelley, Wiley Maple, and Foreste Peterson.
Life as an athlete is a constant balancing act of competing demands, juggling training schedules, travel, equipment, and education. At SYNC, we strive to create a future where the strength of the sport allows promising talent to cross off ‘full time fundraising’ from those variables and refocus that effort on delivering their best performances.
Visit the SYNC Athlete Fund page to read details on the fund and to download the application.