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Maine Handicapped Skiing Benefits From Youth Fundraising Efforts

Sam Rotner has been skiing at Sunday River for most of his young life.  These days, most of his skiing is with the Gould Academy Competition program.  GACP had training on Sunday, but Sam had other places to be.  The 13 year-old from Swampscot, Mass. was needed at another racing program at Sunday River.

Last fall, Sam celebrated his bar mitzvah.  Despite being able to think of many things that he wanted himself, Sam asked his friends and family to donate to Maine Handicapped Skiing instead.  “I’ve seen the program happening  around the mountain and knew it was a worthy cause,” he explained as he presented the donation during a busy program day on Sunday.

Sam also spent the morning supporting an adaptive ski race for some of the more experienced skiers with disabilities.  MHS and Sunday River hosted a race on the regional Diana Golden adaptive alpine race series, which features divisions modeled after those used by the Paralympics; sitting, standing, blind/visually impaired.  Sam and another young fundraiser from the GACP program, Maddox Ormiston (11) of Bethel, Maine served as forerunners for Sunday’s adaptive GS race, and were available to support skiers and the race as needed.
After the race, Maddox and Sam got a warm lunchtime reception at the MHS lodge from about 20 MHS general program participants, as well as many of their families, volunteer instructors and MHS staff.  Sam described the scene, “This a great place, everyone is happy, they are all helping each other, it’s a good atmosphere.  It feels really good to know that Maddox and I could help.”

There are currently hundreds of individuals and five-person teams actively fundraising for Maine Handicapped Skiing in anticipation of the 26h annual MHS Ski-A-Thon at Sunday River on Saturday, March 26th.  Sam and Maddox hoped to help provide some additional motivation for those trying to raise at least $200 in support of their team’s $1,000 minimum.  Teams of five that raise at least $1,000 in donations and pledges before Ski-A-Thon day earn free lift tickets, all meals, countless daylong activities and events through the resort and at the Outdoor Center.  When asked what advice he would give to other MHS fundraisers, Sam replied “they should just do it, two weeks is plenty of time to help a lot.”

Teams and individuals can still register and participate in the Ski-A-Thon by visiting Maine Handicapped Skiing’s website at or by calling (207)824-2440 or emailing

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