CRC Employee Coaches Special Olympics Alpine Skiing
CRC Financial Analyst Kyle Madel recently volunteered to coach one of the Special Olympics Intermediate Alpine Skiing teams at this year’s Special Olympics held in Northern California. The Special Olympics is a vital program that enriches the lives of nearly 23,000 children and adults with intellectual disabilities and their communities through sports, education and athlete health.
Alongside other volunteers, Coach Kyle prepared his athletes for the games by testing different ski courses each day, coaching improved fundamentals and ensuring all turns were hit smoothly. His daily morning routine consisted of waking up his athletes, setting up training gear, and enjoying a full and enriching day with his athletes. Kyle’s main priority was to make sure his athletes embraced the fun of skiing and the reward of good sportsmanship, all while chasing the possibility of earning a gold medal.
Comprised of alpine and cross-country skiing competitions, the Special Olympics Northern California skiing state games is a three-day event where athletes from all walks of life and ability can come together and compete. Groups like the Rotary Club and Shaver Lake Fire Department provided breakfast, lunch and dinner throughout the program, while China Peak donated equipment and lift tickets for the athletes.
Kyle celebrated the athletes accomplishments by saying, “Big shout out to Special Olympics Northern California and all of their sponsors for allowing this amazing event to transpire every year. The skiing state games are a beautiful blend of competition, learning, dancing, eating, and most importantly FUN. Over the course of three days, I was able to see various volunteer groups come together to serve this community and create memories for all of our athletes that will last a lifetime.”
CRC commends Kyle for his dedication and passion to volunteer at the Special Olympics in ways that brought happiness to his athletes and their families.