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ACT names Uihlein-Ironman grant recipients for 2008

LAKE PLACID The Adirondack Community Trust (ACT) awarded $20,000 in grants from the Uihlein-Ironman Sports Fund of Lake Placid to local athletes and sports organizations during a ceremony at Heaven Hill Farm last week. The Uihlein-Ironman Sports Fund of Lake Placid provides grants to competitive young athletes with potential at regional, national and international levels. The fund also provides program support to sports organizations that expose area youth to summer and winter sports that foster our next generation of competitive athletes. The Fund, established as a unique partnership between the Henry Uihlein II and Mildred A. Uihlein Foundation and North America Sports, Inc., recognizes the history of Lake Placid not only as a sporting capital and producer of talented athletes, but also as the only community in the United States to host two Olympic Winter Games. A five-person advisory committee made up of local residents and representatives from the sponsoring organizations reviewed the submitted applications. The following local athletes received grants: Aaron Barge, luge; Colin Delaney, nordic combined; Heikki Hall, downhill mountain biking; Haley Johnson, biathlon; Kara Johnson, freestyle skiing; W. Alex Madden, nordic combined; Charlie Bencze, nordic skiing; Hannah Doan, half-pipe skiing; Peter Frenette, ski jumping; Elizabeth Izzo, nordic skiing; Lars Johnson, freesyle skiing; Danielle Lussi, ski jumping; Nina Lussi, ski jumping; Taylor Puckhaber, ice hockey; Andrew Wilson, aerial, freesyle skiing; Nathan Capone, nordic skiing, nordic combined; Leigh Anne Connors, alpine skiing; Gina Fiorile, figure skating; Matthew Saehrig, alpine skiing. The following organizations also received grants: Adirondack Medical Center for a sports performance camp; Town of Wilmington to upgrade community beach volleyball court and cross-country ski trails; Tri-Lakes Youth Lacrosse to purchase equipment; Tupper Lake Nordic Ski Program for the purchase of equipment; Wilmington Youth Board to support ski scholarships, The Saranac Lake Middle School- YENGA program (Youth, Enjoy, Nifty, Gnarly, Activities) for ski lessons. It is a pleasure for Adirondack Community Trust to be able to assist in the support of such dedicated athletes and to be working with organizations committed to promoting healthy lifestyles through athletic excellence in the Adirondack region, said Cali Brooks, ACTs executive director.

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