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Squaw Valley Institute to host welcome for ‘Push’

Courtesy Keoki FlaggWelcome adaptive athlete Grant Korgan, recently returned from reaching the South Pole during The Push expedition.
©Keoki Flagg 2011 |

OLYMPIC VALLEY, Calif. – Squaw Valley Institute announced its Welcome Home Event for The Push, a Tahoe-based team which made history Jan. 17 with the first adaptive athlete Grant Korgan trekking to the South Pole. The event and presentation is set for Tuesday, Jan. 31, 6-9 p.m. at Squaw’s Bar One.

The Push Welcome Home Event will be the first appearance by the team since the expedition, featuring a talk by Grant Korgan accompanied by a slideshow featuring Keoki Flagg photographs taken during the trek. Warren Miller Cinematographer Tom Day filmed the trek and will showcase sneak peak footage taken at the South Pole. “The Push: A South Pole Adventure” is now being edited for a documentary film and TV series on NBC Universal Sports scheduled for release in the Fall of 2012.

“This year, Squaw Valley Institute celebrates its 10-year anniversary, and in doing so is launching a new agenda this year titled ‘Inspiring Uncommon Conversations’ filled with both luminaries and unique local figures,” said Squaw Valley Institute Board member Matthew Stromgren. “The Push event is special for us, as we will be donating all proceeds to the High Fives Nonprofit Foundation as a way to give back to our amazing community.”

The Push expedition is in support of the Truckee-based High Fives Nonprofit Foundation, a 501c3 helping injured athletes recover and ideally get back to their support. Grant Korgan was the fifth athlete to receive a grant from High Fives after sustaining a paralyzing injury to his L-1 vertebrae in a snowmobiling accident in 2010. Since then, Grant and his wife Shawna have dedicated their lives to recovery, using activity-based methods, including the South Pole trek.

The Push covered 75 miles braving temperatures as low as -35 degrees for nearly two weeks, with Grant pushing in a custom sit-ski built for the most inhospitable place on earth. He reached the South Pole Jan. 17, the 100-year anniversary, to the day, of one the Pole’s first explorers, Caption F. Scott.

Tickets for the Push Welcome Home Event are $10 for Squaw Valley Institute members, and $15 for non-members, available at the door or in advance at http://www.squawvalleyinstitute.org. Special seating is reserved for members. A no-host bar will be provided along with appetizers courtesy of Squaw Village’s Mamasake and Dubliner along with Truckee’s Full Belly Deli.

Squaw Valley Institute is also pleased to announce another presentation on Saturday, Feb. 4 at the Resort at Squaw Creek by world famous mountain climber and author Conrad Anker and his wife Jennifer Lowe Anker. Conrad is well known for his challenging Himalayan and Antarctic summits and was part of the expedition team to locate Mallory’s body on Mount Everest. Tickets are also on sale at http://www.squawvalleyinstitute.org.

To learn about The Push visit http://www.southpolepush.com. To learn more about High Fives, visit http://www.highfivesfoundation.org.

– Submitted to aedgett@sierrasun.com

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