Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Day 65 - Nordic Ski Team is Overflowing with MWHS Pride!

Today's post is from Nordic Ski Coach Sue Harrison

Have you been to the “Scramble”? If so, you will know why I am so proud of the MWHS Nordic Ski family. If not, come next December and feel the MWHS Nordic Ski team pride. It is contagious at this outstanding community event!

A brief history of the MWHS Nordic Ski Team: We started as a club in 2007 with about 20 skiers; 17 girls and 3 boys. I was the novice ski coach with inexperienced skiers. Support came in many ways: one exceptionally helpful Estonian exchange student/skier, many helpful parents, encouraging friends and assorted ski coaches from other teams to offer moral support and guidance on how to get kids skiing. The kids were enthusiastic and the snow was good and we had lots of fun! The second year the club grew to about 30 skiers. Following that, I petitioned the school board to allow us to be an unfunded high school varsity sport. This passed the school board and we have done our own fundraising to support the team ever since!

This is not a cheap sport to fund. We spend over $5,000 per year on buses alone! We have waxing costs, conference fees, race entries, an assistant coach and more. We manage to get it all paid for through the incredible success of our “Scramble: Omelets Served Classic and Freestyle” event. This breakfast and silent auction is held the 2nd Sunday of December at the American Legion in Mound. Last Sunday the Legionnaires made 288 omelets in 3 hours for our event! The entire team and all of our parents are involved in making the Scramble a yearly success story. The skiers sell tickets and work the event, and parents solicit donations for the silent auction. This year we had over 200 items donated. It is very exciting to see the list of auction items grow as the event gets closer! Also, many delicious treats are prepared for the Bake Sale table by parents and skiers. It all gets set up on Saturday night, so that Sunday morning the Scramble can begin. The Legionnaires are there making an omelet every 90 seconds, the parents oversee the ticket table and bidding at the auction and the skiers clear tables, pour coffee and juice and help with dishes. It all is over in a blur with people coming and going, alumni skiers and parents stopping by and friends and families eating, bidding and supporting the Nordic Ski team. It makes me incredibly proud of our ‘ski family’ to see how we all come together for this festive and fantastic community event!

All along the way, from our 1st day as a club through today at our first meet of our 5th varsity season, I have been proud of the support these skiers and parents show this team. From food for meets to fundraising, from chaperones to drivers, from water stop volunteers to City of Lakes Luminary production teams, this amazing group of skiers and parents is there to help! This doesn’t even address my pride in them as skiers/students and as role models. This team is overflowing with MWHS PRIDE!

Karla Humbert and Tracy Inglis
Coordinators for “Scramble: Omelets Served Classic and Freestyle”

Seniors on the 2013-14 Nordic Team

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