Carrabassett Valley Academy named USSA Club of the Year
Carrabassett Valley Academy recently received two Gold Awards from the U. S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA), the national governing body of skiing and snowboarding. CVA was named the 2016 USSA Club of the Year and also the 2016 Snowboarding Club of the Year. Annual Gold Awards are the highest honors given out by USSA to recognize the best clubs, coaches, athletes, and volunteers in the industry for their outstanding performance while representing the vision, mission, and core values of USSA. Recipients are chosen based on outstanding organizational and/or athletic performance in that year. In addition to CVA’s performance, its extraordinary relationships with the Sugarloaf Ski Club, Sugarloaf and the town of Carrabassett Valley were recognized. These awards signify that CVA stands above all other clubs in the country by building strong and successful programs in the winter sports of alpine racing, snowboard, ski cross and freestyle.
In his letter to CVA, Tiger Shaw, President and CEO of USSA wrote, “I would like to congratulate Carrabassett Valley Academy on having been selected to receive the 2016 USSA Club of the Year Award and also the 2016 Snowboarding Club of the Year Award. CVA continues to build strong and successful programming with strong leadership in multiple sports.”
"CVA is the third eastern program to receive the Club of the Year Award since 1998 and it is evidence that we are a program on the rise,” said CVA head of school Kate Punderson. “This is a proud and humble moment for our community. We are a small hard-working school nestled in the western mountains of Maine. We teach the values of focus, gratitude, respect, and commitment and the Club of the Year Award reinforces our belief that if you live those values, then the results will follow. Under the leadership of Mike Mallon, our snowboard program has achieved tremendous success on the local, region, national, and international stages. Mike’s commitment and caring to our athletes is the reason we also received the award of Snowboard Club of the Year.”
Photo: CVA head of school Kate Punderson and snowboard program director Michael Mallon at the 2016 Chairman’s Awards Dinner on May 13, 2016 in Park City, Utah where they accepted CVA’s Club of the Year and Snowboard Club of the Year awards.