Professional Snowboarder Jamie Anderson Gives Back to South Lake Tahoe Kids Print-version

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. January 5, 2012- In collaboration with Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort and the Lake Tahoe Unified School District, professional snowboarder Jamie Anderson sponsored two young students from her home town this winter season with a “surprise sponsorship". Anderson awarded two lucky middle school students, Rosa Rosas, twelve years-old, and Jesus Vazquez-Macias, thirteen years-old, an Unlimited Sierra Resort season pass, brand new Billabong outerwear, a GNU snowboard, boots and bindings, Electric goggles, and Skullcandy headphones valued at twelve hundred dollars each.

Anderson, twenty-one 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. With the help of Dr. James Tarwater, the Lake Tahoe Unified School District Superintendent, Anderson worked with the school district to identify two students that showed academic promise, good work ethic, and moxie. 

“I was so lucky to grow up snowboarding at Sierra, and I want to give that opportunity to others. It also seemed like a great time of the year to spread some holiday cheer and surprise two kids with an entire set up and season pass so that they can ride all season long and hopefully fall in love with snowboarding like I did. It feels awesome!” said Anderson.

On December 21, 2011, Dr. Tarwater contacted Jesus and Rosa to share the good news. They both were invited to come up to Sierra Resort with their parents on December 24, 2011, Christmas Eve, to receive their snowboard gear and spend a day on the slopes with the five time Winter X Games medalist. Anderson showed them around the mountain and shared a few snowboarding tips to both novice riders. Introducing these hard-working students to the sport of snowboarding has the potential to open doors for them that may not have opened otherwise.

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 has over 100 acres of dedicated terrain, four beginner-only conveyor lifts, a $35 adult beginner package, and multi-lingual 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.

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