Jeret 'Speedy' Peterson took a ride on the shoulders of his teammates after he set a new world record score with his 'Hurricane' jump at Deer Valley. The Hurricane For Hope event aims to support youth sports programs and mental health awareness.
PARK CITY, UT (July 25) - On Friday, August 10, family, friends, community members, Olympians and Paralympians will gather at Utah Olympic Park for the inaugural “Hurricane for HOPE". The Utah Olympic Legacy Foundation and The Speedy Foundation will come together to raise funds that support youth sports programs and mental health awareness. All proceeds from this event will be used to develop and deliver community educational programs dedicated to understanding mental illness, fighting its stigma, preventing suicide through youth sport programs and inspire youth to participate in sports and enjoy the benefits of a healthy lifestyle.
The Speedy Foundation was established in honor of the late Olympic medalist Jeret "Speedy" Peterson. The event will celebrate the “joy of sport” and the impact that being active has on the lives of youth and communities, as well as remember the life and legacy of Speedy who died last July. Peterson, who took the silver medal at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver for his trick the Hurricane, fully embodied sportsmanship, the love of participating in sport and the joy of being active. Although his hometown was in Idaho, he lived and trained for much of the season in Park City at the Utah Olympic Park. It seems only fitting to celebrate his life at the UOP.
Tickets range from $25 to $125, and special VIP packages are available for purchase at www.hurricaneforhope.com. With doors opening at 6:30 p.m., guests will enjoy a silent auction, live music, food, meet and greet with Olympic athletes, and a spectacular big air show featuring the Flying Ace All Stars starting at 8 p.m. These athletes will be throwing their best tricks in Speedy's honor. Among those are teammate and close friend, Emily Cook, who has been a driving force behind the Hurricane for Hope event.
"My teammates and I really look forward to coming together to jump for Speedy and to help ensure that others in the future are supported in their own challenges" said Emily. "By joining with our winter Olympic teammates, The Speedy Foundation and the Utah Olympic Legacy Foundation, we feel we can begin to make a difference for future athletes and young people. We hope that our community will come out to support and celebrate with us on August 10th."
Also included is an opportunity drawing for a 3-hour private lesson for ten people taught by Olympic athletes and Fly Freestyle coaches. The suggested contribution for this opportunity is $25 or a ticket to the event. This experience includes Olympic coaching by Emily Cook, 2006 and 2010 Olympian, Freestyle Aerials; Jana Lindsey, 2006 and 2010 Olympian, Freestyle Aerials; Nate Roberts, 2010 Olympian, Freestyle Moguls; Lacy Schnoor, 2010 Olympian, Freestyle Aerials; and Graham Watanabe, 2006 and 2010 Olympian, Snowboardcross. For details please visit hurricaneforhope.com.
To learn more about this specific event or find out how you can donate and become an active member in the Speedy Foundation visit http://thespeedyfoundation.org.
This event will be the largest collection of Olympic athletes outside of London and will include:
Olympians: Lacy Schnoor: 2010 Olympian Jana Lindsey: 2006, 2010 Olympian Nate Roberts: 2010 Olympian, 2005 World Champion Graham Watanabe: 2006, 2010 Olympian Tracy Evans: 1994, 1998, 2002 Olympian
U.S. Ski Team: Meg Olenick: U.S. Ski Team KC Oakley: U.S. Ski Team
Jumping in the show: David Morris: AUS 2010 Olympian Scotty Bahrke: 2010 Olympian Brian Currutt: 2002 Olympian Matt Chojnakci: 1998 Olympian Emily Cook: 2006, 2010 Olympian Heather McPhie: 2010 Olympian Jillian Vogtli: Moguls-2002, 2006 Olympian
Zac Amidan: Former U.S. Ski Team Mike Rossi: U.S. Ski Team Andre Dumas: Former U.S. Ski Team Dylan Ferguson: U.S. Ski Team Ali Lee: U.S. Ski Team Madison Olsen: U.S. Ski Team Nevin Brown: U.S. Ski Team John Lillis: U.S. Ski Team Tim Gage
About The Speedy Foundation and the Utah Olympic Legacy Foundation The Speedy Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to understanding mental illness, preventing suicide and fighting stigma through education, research and advocacy. www.thespeedyfoundation.org
The Utah Athletic Foundation — operating under the trade-name Utah Olympic Legacy — is a Utah 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation. The Foundation provides sport programs, education and recreation opportunities for people of all ages and abilities, especially youth. All purchases, donations and fundraising support these efforts. www.utaholympiclegacy.com