Wednesday, November 15, 2023
Hello MAST Community!
The 24th season of MAST opened on Monday with a roster of 101 athletes representing five Minneapolis high schools. Welcoming these athletes are nine veteran coaches, seven of whom are MAST alumni. Our athletes are excited to get on snow and see if they can top the outstanding results they achieved last year.
We continue to roster students with little skiing experience and do our best to turn them into lifelong skiers, excellent ski racers, and exceptional citizens. Our Board of Directors is dedicated to keeping the cost of skiing with MAST low for Minneapolis students by sponsoring a steady stream of fundraising efforts throughout the year. Back in the Spring, dozens of athletes and parents spent an evening cleaning out the horse barn at the State Fairgrounds. We returned with over 80 volunteers on Labor Day to clean the goat and poultry barns. In September and October, we held our annual MASTers Golf Tournament at Hiawatha Golf Course and a delicious spaghetti dinner at Mr. Paul’s Supper Club. Mr. Paul’s generously donated 100% of the ticket sales to MAST while our hardworking, cheerful athletes hosted, served, bussed tables, and washed dishes. Finally, many of our current families made generous donations to MAST over and above the team fee when they registered their athletes for the team this year. Through the generosity of our parents, alumni, athletes and coaches, MAST continues to thrive and make a significant contribution to the healthy growth and development of Minneapolis students. For this I thank you!
Today is Give to the MAX Day. Last year, your generosity enabled us to purchase a spectacular new tent that serves as the celebratory gathering space at our big races. We thank you for your contributions that fulfilled this fundraising objective. This year, we are earmarking any funds we receive for the purchase of a new team trailer. Our current trailer was generously donated by a MAST family roughly ten years ago. It continues to serve us well, hauling gear to and from supplemental training, races, and camp. In the off season, it houses a portion of our training equipment. MAST has experienced significant growth over the last ten years, which necessitates the need for a second trailer for transporting all of our skis and training equipment during the season and securely storing our gear in the off season.
If you have the means to make a small (or large) contribution to MAST through Give to the Max, rest assured that it will be used responsibly for the benefit of our athletes.
Give To The MAX MplsAlpine
If you would prefer to send a donation by check, just mail it to MAST Headquarters.
Mpls Alpine Ski Team
4800 Harriet Ave
Mpls, MN 55419
And if you have any desire to get involved with MAST in any capacity (coaching, board membership, fundraising, outreach, etc.), please reach out to me directly. You can help us keep ski racing alive for Minneapolis students for many more generations of ski racers.
Be well and thank you for all the years of support you have given our team.
Head Coaching team!