Jamie Anderson Provides Eight South Lake Tahoe Students With Surprise Sponsorship Print-version

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. December 23, 2013 – On December 29, 2013, professional snowboarder, Jamie Anderson, will provide a surprise sponsorship for eight lucky students from South Lake Tahoe, California. For the third year in a row, Anderson will partner with Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort and the Lake Tahoe Unified School District to provide children from her hometown with a holiday surprise. This year’s recipients are Alexa Caramazza, 10 years old, Monserrat Franco, 10, Allison Kennedy, 11, Quinten Marullo, 14, Quinn Avila, 16, Jorge Luquin, 16, Kellen Gronwold, 16, and Chloe Nolan, 17. As part of the sponsorship each student will receive an Unlimited Sierra Resort season pass, brand new Billabong outerwear, a GNU snowboard, Oakley goggles, boots and bindings, and accessories from GoPro, all together valued at more than $2,500.

Anderson, twenty-three years old, was born and raised in South Lake Tahoe, California and created the Jamie Anderson Surprise Sponsorship to give back to the community and provide less fortunate kids with the opportunity to snowboard. In it’s third season, the “surprise sponsorship” continues to grow. With the help of Dr. James Tarwater, the Lake Tahoe Unified School District Superintendent, Anderson worked with the elementary, middle, and high school to identify students that showed academic promise and a strong work ethic. 

“This is the third time I’ve been able to do this and I’m so grateful. Each season it continues to grow and we are able to get more students out on the mountain. I was so lucky to grow up snowboarding at Sierra Resort, and I want to give that opportunity to others. It’s always fun to spread holiday cheer and surprise amazing kids with an entire set up and season pass, so they can ride all season long and hopefully fall in love with snowboarding like I did. It feels awesome! I’m so blessed to have this opportunity,” said Anderson.

On December 29, 2013, Dr. Tarwater and the eight students will come up to Sierra Resort where they will receive their snowboard gear and spend the afternoon with the seven-time Winter X Games medalist, recent Dew Tour champion, and Olympic hopeful. Anderson will share snowboarding tips with the recipients, take some runs with them, and introduce them to the sport of snowboarding. Both Anderson and Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort hope to empower the kids, show them their potential, and open doors that may not have otherwise been open.

More about Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort: Keepin’ It Real

With 480 inches of average annual snowfall, wind-protected slopes, incredible tree skiing, and 320 acres of backcountry terrain out the Huckleberry Gates, Sierra Resort is a bastion of the authentic California ski experience. For beginner skiers and riders Sierra Resort is home to the world’s only Burton Star WarsÔ Experience, has over 100 acres of dedicated terrain, four beginner-only conveyor lifts, a $45 adult beginner package, and PSIA Certified Instructors. Sierra Resort is the place to learn to ski or ride in Lake Tahoe. For freestylers, a commitment to innovative terrain parks has led to Sierra Resort being recognized by TransWorld SNOWboarding as a Top 10 Overall Resort as well as among the Top 10 Best Parks and Pipes in the nation. Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort embraces skiers and snowboarders who want to escape from everyday life and enjoy the simple pleasure of winter in the mountains.

For more information, visit www.SierraAtTahoe.com or call 530.659.7453.

More about Lake Tahoe Unified School District

The Lake Tahoe Unified School District, working collaboratively with parents and the community, will provide a quality-learning environment in which all students develop competence in basic skill areas and are prepared to be responsible, contributing citizens. Focused on creating learning opportunities for every child to achieve success. "We believe that unity will be a product of this collective vision."