Message from Mike and Manny...
The final year of the Mike and Manny Cowboys camp is now. This marks the tenth year of the cowboys ski camp hosted by Mike Janyk and Manuel Osborne-Paradis.
In 2006, while in Chile at a training camp, Manny turned to Mike and said “It’s time to give back.” And from there the Mike and Manny camp was born, hosting passionate young ski racers who wouldn’t otherwise have the financial means to attend an off-season camp. The first year saw ten kids come from across BC join Mike, Manny, Robbie Dixon and Nick Cooper for a week-long ski camp combining the love of skiing, the spirit of giving, and the knowing of possibility with the purpose of fun. A decade later we’ve come to realize this is a recipe to inspire kids to believe.
Over the years our camp has expanded from a provincial to a national program. We’ve accepted 115 young ski racers in total, worked with amazing volunteer cooks and coaches in a donated Whistler home, and been donated over $150,000 from our amazing supporters to make it all happen.
A special thank you to Richard and Jacquie Prokopanko, Jane Osborne, Bruce Goldsmid and Kathy Stahr at BC Alpine, Nick Cooper, our volunteer coaches, photographer Sean Frith, Leslie Clarke, Andree Janyk, Jon Paul Holt, the Petersens, Whistler Blackcomb, the BrewHouse Whistler, Alpine Canada Alpin, the Whistler Mountain Ski club, the Danny Clarke Foundation, the NZ Foundation, Lululemon, the Mike and Manny Foundation board of directors, all of our amazing private donors over the years and the athletes who apply and make the camp so special. Thank you!!!
If you are, or know of, a deserving athlete who meets our financial and character criteria, born in 2001 or 2002, please have them apply at www.mikeandmanny.com
The 2017 Cowboys Camp application is up and active!!! You can find it, and lots more information, at this link http://www.mikeandmanny.com/ski-camp/ The application period is open until February 14.