Inner-city Kids Find New Opportunities Through Snowboarding Programs

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At Grouse Mountain and Whistler Blackcomb, 2010 Legacies Now is helping to deliver three programs which are proving snowboarding is not just an Olympic sport; it can change lives. Zero Ceiling Learn-to-Snowboard, Zero Ceiling Work-to-Live and the First Nations Snowboard Team are helping inner-city kids and Aboriginal youth reach their full potential.

"2010 Legacies Now is proud to support Zero Ceiling and the First Nations Snowboard Team as they use snowboarding to teach life skills and promote personal development," says 2010 Legacies Now CEO Bruce Dewar. "The 2010 Winter Games is the inspiration. The legacy is the skills and confidence these youth will carry with them for the rest of their lives."

2010 Legacies Now has partnered with Zero Ceiling and Grouse Mountain to offer a learn-to-snowboard program, which provides a chance for disadvantaged and at-risk youth to try something new in a non-judgmental, fun environment. In addition to learning about alpine sports, the youth explore ideas about community, self-esteem and team-building. In 2009, 75 inner-city youth rose to new heights thanks to this day-visit program, which includes lift tickets, rental equipment and a lesson with the Snow School.

Zero Ceiling's Work-to-Live is a program for inner-city youth who are ready to turn their lives around. Participants, selected by youth agencies around B.C., move to a host mountain to spend a year undertaking employment, life-skills training and counselling, as well as alpine sports accreditation for qualification as a recreational leader.

2010 Legacies Now and its partners are also using winter sport to create a legacy of active and healthy Aboriginal youth. The First Nations Snowboard Team (FNST), the only snowboard body entirely operated by Aboriginal snowboarders, develops recreational and high-performance Aboriginal snowboard athletes throughout B.C.

RBC has provided 2010 Legacies Now with two years of support for the First Nations Snowboard Team. This investment is supporting 12 provincial teams, benefiting almost 200 recreational and high-performance athletes from more than 12 First Nations across British Columbia.

The FNST also receives funds from the Aboriginal Youth Sport Legacy Fund, administered by 2010 Legacies Now and established by the Province of B.C., the Squamish and Lil'wat Nations, and the Vancouver 2010 Bid Corporation. For more information, visit For more information on Zero Ceiling, visit

Zero Ceiling is a charitable society that offers adventure-based learning through snowboarding, as well as employment skills training and personal development to inner-city youth from Vancouver. From 2005-2009, 2010 Legacies Now supported the Zero Ceiling Work-to-Live program. In 2009-2010, 2010 Legacies Now partnered with Zero Ceiling and Grouse Mountain to offer a learn-to-snowboard program for inner-city youth.