Foresight Ski Guides Receives Daniels Fund Grant to Aid Visually Impaired Skiers in Vail Non-Profit Program

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Non-profit Foresight Ski Guides, which pairs blind and visually impaired skiers with volunteer guides, has received a charitable grant from the Daniels Fund. The grant will help Foresight supply the disabled athletes with Vail skiing and snowboarding experiences from gear to tickets to lodging, as well as helping with training volunteer ski guides.

A visually impaired skier enjoys a day on the slopes through nonprofit Foresight Ski Guides, which just received a charitable grant from the Daniels Fund. (Photo courtesy of Foresight Ski Guides)

“The Daniels Fund grant will be incredibly helpful in continuing Foresight’s mission,” says Foresight founder Mark G. Davis.

Foresight Ski Guides, a non-profit that pairs volunteer ski guides with visually impaired skiers for Vail, Colo., skiing and snowboarding experiences, was recently the recipient of a grant from the Daniels Fund. Through the generous legacy of Bill Daniels, the Daniels Fund provides grants to non-profits in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming that reflect Daniels’s ethics and values. Foresight Ski Guides will use its Daniels Fund grant to further its goal of providing visually impaired skiers and snowboarders the opportunity to experience a great day on the slopes.

“We are so grateful to be chosen to receive this very generous grant from the Daniels Fund,” says Foresight Ski Guides Founder Mark G. Davis. A lifelong skier who lost his functional vision, Davis started Foresight after he relearned skiing and discovered the challenge of “skiing blind” as an experience that lifted grief and depression, bringing renewed passion and confidence to his life. “I want to share the transformative experience of skiing with as many people in the visually impaired community as possible,” says Davis. “The Daniels Fund grant will be incredibly helpful in continuing Foresight’s mission.”

The funding provided through the grant will help Foresight to continue to provide visually impaired snow athletes with everything they need, including a personalized itinerary for their snow sport trip to the slopes, an on-site greeter, specially trained, experienced ski guides, a lift ticket, top of the line equipment, ground transportation to the slopes and lodging assistance. The grant will also aid Foresight in recruiting more volunteers to work as guides.

Daniels Fund founder, Bill Daniels, known for his kindness and generosity to those in need, grew up during the Great Depression. Daniels later served his nation as a decorated fighter pilot. A pioneer in cable television, his passion for helping others inspired him to create the Daniels Fund to extend his legacy of generosity far beyond his lifetime. The fund provides grants and scholarships in four Rocky Mountain states and in nine specific areas of interest, including the area of disabilities. For more information, visit http://www.danielsfund.org.

About Foresight Ski Guides:
Dedicated to making world-class skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing and cross-country touring both affordable and accessible to visually impaired and blind skiers, Foresight Ski Guides provides recreational opportunities in the Colorado Rockies at Vail and Beaver Creek. Foresight Ski Guides, Inc. is a Colorado corporation with tax exempt, non-profit status as outlined in Section 501c(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. For more information regarding Foresight Ski Guides, call 303-506-3859, visit http://www.foresightskiguides.org or follow Foresight Ski Guides on Facebook and Twitter.

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Darla Worden, WordenGroup Public Relations, darla(at)wordenpr(dot)com, 303.777.7667

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