Jammin’ 4 Tash
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – January 12, 2018 – Sierra-at-Tahoe has dedicated an event in loving memory of local Sierra snowboarder and former employee, Natasha “Tash” Sagucka. The USASA “Jammin’ 4 Tash” event will take place on Jan. 20, 2018 on Broadway Trail. Additionally, Natasha will be commemorated each year on the last USASA Rail Jam event held at Sierra.
Natasha competed in USASA events for seven years, from 2000-2007. She felt most alive at Sierra in particular, surrounded by trees and snow. As a tribute to her love of the mountains, she is able to be remembered in her most peaceful state: snowboarding. Natasha was ultimately a victim to Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia and passed away in early November 2017.
A Rainbow Rail terrain park feature was made in her honor and will be incorporated into the setup. A cash purse of $1000 has been donated by Natasha’s mother, Margaret Sagucka, in memory her involvement with USASA.
“Natasha would have loved helping kids do what they love to do, snowboard and ski. She felt so empowered up on the mountain and would want others to feel the same,” says Sagucka. “I feel this ties into her love for nature, the mountains and Sierra-at-Tahoe. Her passion for snowboarding and for the place she loved and lived in Tahoe.”
USASA Members are invited to participate in honor of this young lady. Sierra invites all interested to register; entry fees for non-members is $45. Registration will take place in Solstice from 7:30 a.m. - 9 a.m on the morning of the event. A portion of the proceeds go to the Leukemia Lymphoma Society Cancer Research for A.L.L to support further research of diseases such as Natasha’s. Other support comes Love Your Melon who is donating hats to all competitors and from USASA Sponsors. The rail jam will take place at the bottom of Broadway near the West end of the Solstice Plaza – great for spectators.
Sierra-at-Tahoe boasts 2,000 acres and 2,212 vertical feet of dynamic terrain with panoramic views of Lake Tahoe from the summit and one of the deepest snowpacks in the region. Access to expert off-piste terrain in Huckleberry Canyon, incredible tree runs, a commitment to consistent, quality grooming and excellent beginner programs, including a $49 beginner package, make Sierra Resort a favorite Northern California resort. Easy to get to and always welcoming, Sierra-at-Tahoe is located just 12 miles from South Lake Tahoe and offers Ski & Stay packages with local resorts and casinos. Known as the “locals spot,” Sierra is a bastion of the authentic California ski experience. Where unserious fun is taken seriously.
The USASA South Tahoe Series is a sanctioned non-profit regional series of the National Organization of the United States of America Snowboard and Freeski Association. The Vision of the USASA is to be the premier snowboard and freeski organization in the United States. The mission is to facilitate fun and fair events for all ages across the country, to attract snowboarders and freeskiers, promote their development, provide member education, and influence the future of our sports.
About Love Your Melon
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is the world's largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancer. The LLS mission: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. LLS funds lifesaving blood cancer research around the world and provides free information and support services.
Founded in 1949 and headquartered in White Plains, NY, LLS has chapters throughout the United States and Canada. To learn more, visit www.LLS.org or contact the Information Resource Center at (800) 955-4572, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET.
About Love Your Melon
Love Your Melon is an apparel brand dedicated to giving a hat to every child battling cancer as well as supporting nonprofit organizations who lead the fight against pediatric cancer. Zachary Quinn and Brian Keller founded the company in 2012 while the two were sophomores in college. 50% of Love Your Melon’s profit is given to The Love Your Melon Fund, powered by the Giving Back Fund, to support nonprofit partners in the fight against pediatric cancer. To date, Love Your Melon has given over 125,000 hats to children battling cancer and more than $3,800,000 to cancer research initiatives and support programs. For more information on Love Your Melon, visit www.loveyourmelon.com.