Truckee skier starts website to fund racing
These days, up-and-coming alpine ski racers must scrap for funds to pursue their dreams.
That’s just what Cheyenne Brown is doing.
Brown, a graduating senior at Forest Charter School in Truckee and member of the Squaw Valley Ski Team, started a fundraising website to help cover the costs of training, coaching, equipment and competition fees.
“I work very hard trying to raise money for my skiing, but it is very hard,” Brown said. “I have five jobs, and my parents give up a little money to help. But every bit of money we have goes to my skiing, and to help my family survive.”
Brown started racing for the Far West division of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) when she was a second-year U14 racer, in 2012. She’s been on the fast track to success since.
She went on to qualify for U16 Nationals and, racing for Truckee High School this past season, won the girls dual title in the competitive Tahoe Basin Ski League championships.
She also was a key member of the Truckee High softball team, as student-athletes at Forest Charter are allowed to compete for schools within the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District.
A specialist in the speed events — downhill and super G — Brown hopes to continue her climb up the ski-racing ranks while also attending college. Her goals are lofty, and include racing for the U.S. Ski Team on the World Cup tour, and eventually representing her country in the Winter Olympics.
Brown is trying to raise between $10,000 and $20,000 to cover her expenses, which include travel to New Zealand and Europe for races. She started a website about two months ago through makeachamp.com, which includes three different sponsorship packages.
Check out her site, https://makeachamp.com/cheyennebrown.
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