Winter Sports for all: Snowsports Day 2017

The German Snowsports Foundation and its cooperation partners make it possible at the annual Snowsports Day for young refugees and socially disadvantaged children and young people to enjoy a carefree day on skis, snowboards and sleds.

The 49 participants were in Reit im Winkl, Bavaria on the 5th annual Snow Sports Day.
The 49 participants were in Reit im Winkl, Bavaria on the 5th annual Snow Sports Day.

Together with the Bavarian Ski Association, the German Snowsports Foundation organized the 5th Snowsports Day as part of the FIS World Snow Day. Thanks to the many supporters and donors, everything was able to be provided to the participants free of charge.

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„Dein Winter. Dein Sport e.V.“ also provided support once again this year with donations. "Intersport Skihütte“ lent helmets, skis, pole, shoes, and snowboards at reduced rates. ISPO MUNICH contributed snow sports equipment and snow sports apparel. 

The bus trip, ski pass, and lunch were also free. The instructors from the skiing-club „Forstenried-Gauting“ volunteered for skiing and snowboarding classes. The DLSV ski school Reit im Winkl made its play area available for the 49 participants from Munich’s children's home Kindl-Heim Harlaching.

A day without worries 

This year, too, many of the participants were refugees. On the practice slop in Reit im Winkl, they were able to leave their worries behind for an entire day and get to know winter sports with other kids their age. This kind of carefree day with lots of exercise can help with overcoming trauma, especially for the young refugees.

“Our heartfelt thanks go out to all of our donors and partners, who are all that made it possible to get the children and young people into the snow. That way, integration can succeed through sports,” says Thomas Schiffelmann, initiator of the project and founder of the Snowsports Foundation.

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