U.S. Luge Foundation Hosts Golf and Dinner Fundraiser
by Sandy Caligiore
LAKE PLACID, N.Y. - Luge and golf aren't usually thought of as complimentary sports, but the U.S. Luge Foundation begs to differ and is about the start a tradition like none other.
"What better sport to participate in during the off season than golf?" asked Director of Fundraising Development Brenna Margol Payne. "They both take mental toughness, imagery and upper-body strength."
The U.S. Luge Foundation Golf Classic has been created to raise funds for the future of the sport of luge in the United States. The four-person scramble, held on June 11, will take place on the Mountain Course at the Lake Placid Club. Individual golfers can register for $250.00, foursomes are $1,000 and holes can be sponsored for $1,000. A dinner in the evening will be held at the newly renovated luge facility on Church Street. Dinner-only tickets are being offered for $100.
In addition to this fun tournament, there will be sidebar events where men and women can score more prizes. Get your game ready for the long drive contest on the free-falling seventh hole and closest to the pin on the blind 15th hole.
Beijing Olympians will be on the course and at dinner as well, agreeing politely with the exaggerated golf stories that never occurred. A tour of the USA Luge facility and a silent auction will take place at the evening portion of the event.
USA Luge, headquartered in Lake Placid, has only two facilities where athletes train, the other being in Park City, Utah. Because of the unique nature of luge, it can be difficult for young athletes to start the sport and successfully find funding for the early years of their careers.
"The U.S. Luge Foundation is the fundraising arm of USA Luge. We hope to attract sports fans and golf enthusiasts to play in our tournament who are excited by the prospect of helping fund the next generation of luge athletes," said Payne. "It's important to keep a solid pool of athletes on our development teams so that we can put forth our strongest athletes every four years at the Olympic Winter Games. All of that takes funding."