Sugar Bowl Academy Student-Athletes Help Truckee Donner Land Trust Clean Up Donner Summit
TRUCKEE, Calif. – More than 80 Sugar Bowl Academy student-athletes along with teachers, staff, and parents scrambled across the jagged granite of Donner Summit on Thursday, August 15 – erasing unsightly graffiti and picking up litter as they start their school year.
Part of the orientation activities for Sugar Bowl Academy student-athletes starting the new year, the 8ththrough 12thgrade students tackled graffiti on the granite boulders and cliffs along Old Highway 40, and picked up litter left behind on trails and along the roads of Donner Summit. Supplies for the day were generously donated by Mountain Hardware and Sports. “The student-athletes of Sugar Bowl Academy really stepped up, they showed a lot of pride in Donner Summit,” said Kevin Starr, stewardship coordinator for the Land Trust.
The Land Trust owns numerous properties in the area including Royal Gorge and Black Wall, and works to steward the beauty and natural resources of Donner Summit. The nonprofit holds numerous volunteer opportunities to take care of its lands and trails throughout the year.
"We are grateful to the Land Trust for the opportunity for our student-athletes to undertake meaningful work right in our back yard on Donner Summit. Community is part of our mission statement, and developing people who lead purposeful lives is one of our core values,” said John Horsch, Executive Director for Sugar Bowl Academy. “From mountain biking on Land Trust-maintained trails, to skiing in Royal Gorge, SBA student-athletes reap the benefits of the Land Trust’s work every day. I can’t imagine a more perfect way for them to give back."
The Sugar Bowl Ski Team and Academy (SBSTA) is a nationally recognized Alpine, Freeride, and Nordic ski team and ski academy that has produced multiple US Ski Team members, NCAA collegiate competitors, national champions in virtually all age groups, and numerous nationally ranked athletes. Sugar Bowl Academy inspires and empowers passionate, highly motivated students, setting the stage for competitive skiers to seek and celebrate challenge with grit, grace and courage. Sugar Bowl Ski Team and Academy student-athletes thrive on the dual pursuit of rigorous academics and competitive skiing in an environment that celebrates hard work and the pursuit of worthy goals.
To learn more about Black Wall, other Truckee Donner Land Trust properties and future volunteer opportunities, go to tdlandtrust.org.
To learn more about Sugar Bowl Academy, go to sbacademy.org.