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Hunter Comp. Foundation Earns Bronze Certification

June 1st, 2018


Hunter Comp. Foundation Earns Bronze Certification

The Hunter Mountain Competition Foundation has recently been awarded Podium Certification at the Bronze level by U.S. Ski and Snowboard. U.S. Ski & Snowboard’s Podium Club Certification Program requires a rigorous, mission driven self-assessment and review of best principles and practices in eight areas of organizational performance. The Hunter Mountain Competition Foundation has demonstrated appropriate levels of performance in all areas and is recognized as an important partner of U.S. Ski and Snowboard and a leader among ski and snowboard clubs in the nation.

Ellen Adams, U.S. Ski & Snowboard Club Development Manager

The Certification process not only recognizes club excellence, but also gives a clear roadmap for all clubs to become stronger organizations. This is a strategic part of U.S. Ski and Snowboard’s plans to support clubs, be a more club-based organization and better understand the challenges and opportunities that exist for clubs in every corner of the country. The process to achieve Podium Level Certification requires a commitment to excellence on behalf of a club and its constituents, and clubs have reported finding great value in doing the work necessary to complete the certification. Many clubs have found that the most positive impact was not necessarily the certification designation, but, rather, in uncovering the true opportunities they have to improve and continue to deliver sustained excellence. These clubs all set great examples, and are leading the charge for club improvement nationally.

Luke Bodensteiner, U.S. Ski & Snowboard Executive Vice President of Athletics

Working in close partnership with our member clubs to recognize excellence and create a platform for continued improvement is a priority for our organization. Our clubs are our sport’s biggest asset to athlete recruitment, development and retention, and working hand-in-hand with them will enhance their levels of achievement and will transform the performance of our athletes and teams at all levels.

Jon Casson, U.S. Ski & Snowboard Sport Education Director

The U.S. Ski & Snowboard Club Certification program is a valuable resource for all our clubs. Our clubs all are working hard to be the best they can be and give all of their athletes a great experience in skiing and snowboarding. The Certification program gives our clubs the resources they need to assess and improve their structure and programs to meet their organizational goals and the goals of the thousands of U.S. Ski and Snowboard athletes across the U.S.

Some of the benefits of being a certified club:

Certified Clubs are an amazing resource for our industry and U.S. Ski and Snowboard’s partnership with our podium certified clubs goes both ways. One of the primary goals of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Club Development Program is to collect, synthesize and analyze valuable information from these resources and report back on what is working, what is not and why. It is our intent to facilitate conversations and share information across regions that will be beneficial to all stakeholders. On the certified club’s end, following are some of the opportunities extended to our Bronze level clubs:

Professional development opportunities for staff

- Invitation to provide content for Club Development resources

- Opportunity to present at regional and national Club Excellence Conferences

- Participation in forums and round table discussions with peers on a national and regional level

- Access to club development expert consultants

- General support in areas of organizational performance relating to athletics, business and community

- Discounted rates on specific consulting services, including:

- Strategic Plan facilitation

- Board Development

- Fundraising and Grant Writing

- Financial Management

- Legal support

- Human Resource Management

- Program and Organizational Assessment Strategies

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