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North American Ski Training Center works to build active lifestyles for students

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Submitted to aedgett@sierrasun.com
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TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; In a community surrounded by the countryand#8217;s finest outdoor playgrounds, the North American Ski Training Center (NASTC) makes sure everyone in the community has an opportunity to enjoy it. NASTC has worked with local low-income teenagers to encourage healthy and active lifestyles by teaching them about nutrition and introducing them to the sport of skiing.

NASTC works with students throughout California who are part of U.C. Berkeleyand#8217;s Adventure Risk Challenge Program (ARC). The program helps highly motivated English Language Learners (ELL) by using the outdoors to help build leadership and academic skills, literacy and confidence towards activism. The ARC program helps adolescents improve language skills, exposes students to a range of natural environments and wilderness experiences, and inspires under-served students with the confidence needed to envision and accomplish goals, succeed in high school, and become engaged, empowered citizens.

In partnership with Sugar Bowl Ski Resort, that donated equipment and lift tickets for all the youths involved in the program, NASTC provided instructors from their well known first-rate ski instruction program, ARC was able to successfully bring nearly 20 students out to Sugar Bowl to experience some winter fun. This summer NASTC and ARC will partner up again and introduce the students to summer outdoor fun and adventure through the sport of rock-climbing. NASTC will provide instruction and all the necessary equipment.

and#8220;Our goal is to show kids that being active and healthy can be fun,and#8221; said NASTC Director Chris Fellows. and#8220;Most of these kids have never had a chance to enjoy the mountains that are right in their own backyards and might otherwise be staying home when they could be out skiing or climbing.and#8221;

With such an incredible outdoor playground, all members of the community should be able to have an opportunity to enjoy it. Organizers and partners of the ARC program hope that the program will continue to grow and additional programs will be added in the future.

and#8212; Submitted to aedgett@sierrasun.com


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