As some of you may know, my partner in big adventures, Kate Ellis and I will be heading up north this coming spring to an Alaskan village to coach cross-country skiing to Alaska Native kids. The non-profit who organizes and implements the programs is called “Skiku”. The name Skiku combines the Iñupaiq word for ice ‘siku’ with ski! Their mission is to foster the health, recreation and competitive benefits of cross country skiing and biathlon through sustainable programs across Alaska.
We will be going to one of the 40 communities Skiku serves for ‘Ski Week’ and we’ll help take over physical education classes and the after school program in every school. The communities range from Utqiaġvik, the northernmost city in the U.S., to villages on St. Lawrence Island, an island that is located closer to Russia than the United States and villages in-between.
While the experience of coaching will be insightful to life in remote Alaska, and also a fun experience for us, the largest impact this program has is teaching youth how to ski!
Check out this video of the program:
If you would like to learn more about Skiku or donate to this awesome program follow this link:
You can make a donation here --> https://skiku.givingfuel.com/skiku