US Performance Academy and the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association announce a partnership to provide high school age U.S. Ski Team, U.S. Snowboarding and U.S. Freeskiing national team student athletes with a flexible, rigorous, individualized and supportive online high school education program that meets their unique academic needs and schedules.
USSA athletes who are still in high school account for nearly 25% of the national team members, and these young athletes are required to actively pursue a high school diploma while training, competing and traveling globally throughout the year. Excelling in school requires the athlete’s dedication, drive and discipline as well as consistent support and guidance from parents, teachers, and coaches. The partnership between USSA and USPA is built on mutual understanding of and respect for this dynamic. USPA also offers personal learning coaches, online and in-person teachers, life skills training, college counseling, and a network of elite athletes from various competitive sports.
“Education opportunities and academic success are very important to many of our younger athletes and their families,” said USSA Head of Athlete Career & Education (ACE) Julie Glusker. “Keeping up with schoolwork demands self-sufficiency and time management, and USPA effectively inspires and instills these skills in our athletes. We were excited to connect with the USPA program team and teachers this past year because they focus on elite athletes. USPA educators have a relevant understanding of our athlete’s needs and give them access to a challenging, accredited curriculum supported by experienced, knowledgeable and dedicated teachers.”
“We are very excited and proud to be a partner with such an outstanding organization as USSA,” says Peter Smith, USPA President. “We provide an amazing experience designed specifically for our student athletes. Having Julie and her team utilize our school with USSA student athletes means a great deal to our entire community. We have really enjoyed working with USSA athletes and look forward to their continued successes long into the future.”
The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) is the national governing body of Olympic skiing and snowboarding. The USSA provides leadership and direction for tens of thousands of young skiers and snowboarders, encouraging and supporting them in achieving excellence. By empowering national teams, clubs, coaches, parents, officials, volunteers and fans, the USSA is committed to the progression of its sports and athlete success. Established in 1905, the USSA receives no direct government support, operating solely through private donations from individuals, corporations and foundations to fund athletic programs to assist athletes in reaching their dreams.
The USSA encourages and supports the national team athletes in their academic pursuits throughout high school, college and life beyond the slopes. For more information, please contact Julie Glusker, Head of Athlete Career & Education at USSA, at jglusker(at)ussa.org.