The idea of establishing a nonprofit organization dedicated to encouraging freestyle mogul athletes came from the simple desire to give back to a sport that has given us so much.
A substantial need exists for freestyle mogul athletes that many in the community do not fully realize. We all know it is immensely expensive to train, travel and compete at all levels of the sport. However, once an athlete reaches the U.S. Ski Team, most of us assume that the athletes’ expenses are at least covered. That unfortunately is not always the case. It is surprising to learn that many of the athletes must pay their own expenses to compete at this elite level.
There are so many obstacles for athletes on their journey to the top, some can be overcome and some cannot. Now that these athletes have finally made it to the top, there is a major hurdle that stands in their way. When one represents the United States in international competitions, they are able to bring our nation together. But unfortunately they do not receive any government funding and only a select few see any assistance at all. That is where the ID One Foundation steps in. One of our significant first challenges is to get the entire United States Freestyle Mogul team funded.
Freestyle mogul athletes train and travel extensively year-round and their unusual schedules make finding employment challenging or nonexistent. We realized that to pay for these expenses many of these athletes turn to fundraising on their own. What if we helped all these athletes by bringing a community of freestyle mogul supporters together? It was the spark that led to the establishment of this nonprofit dedicated to helping all these athletes.
Our commitment as a nonprofit organization is to distribute all the donations raised to support freestyle mogul athletes and the sport of freestyle moguls. We do this through a pledge from our board members to pay for all the costs associated with raising funds, overhead and organizational costs on behalf of the ID One Foundation. Our board members receive no salary and board members are specifically ineligible from receiving any support from the ID One Foundation.
ID One Foundation is an exempt organization as described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code effective year of exemption 2013, EIN 46-2939264.
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Sheri’s professional background is in accounting, both in the private and public sector. She is a magna cum laude graduate from the University of Colorado Denver with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in 1990. Sheri currently independently works on various finance projects and analysis for a select number of entities. Previous positions throughout her career include Manager of Finance for a medical supply corporation, an inventory management consultant and an associate with an emphasis in taxation with certified public accounting firms in Florida and Colorado.
Over the last decade, Sheri has been actively involved in various nonprofit organizations. She was a member of the Board of Directors and Secretary for Park City Academy and a Trustee of Park City Day School where she chaired the Governance Committee and was a longtime member of the Development Committee. Currently, she is a founding board member and officer of the ID One Foundation.
Sheri and her husband Mike, after many years of moving around the country, have been delighted over the last twelve years to make Park City, Utah their home. Their thirteen-year-old son, Nick, attends The Winter Sports School and is a competitive freestyle mogul athlete with Wasatch Freestyle. Their family appreciates the wonderful activities Park City has to offer – skiing, mountain biking, hiking, golfing and the Sundance Film Festival are a few of their favorites.
Brad Wilson is a 2014 Olympian and has been a member of the US Ski Team for the past 5 years.
Brad is originally from Butte MT, he started competing in moguls at the age of 9. He and his family moved to Utah when he was 14 to pursue his Olympic dream. He trained with the Wasatch freestyle team for 5 years until he qualified for the US Ski Team where his career took off.
Brad understands first hand what it takes to be on the top level. The sacrifices and the hard work needed to become a World Cup athlete. He understands the financial burden some families face when getting their child to training camps crucial for their development. Brad’s goal is to help eliminate this financial burden so all athletes have the chance to achieve their Olympic dreams.
Sho is a recently retired US Freestyle Ski Team member, but continues to stay involved with the sport of mogul skiing. After retirement in October 2015, he decided to go back to school and pursue a career in Marketing. He is currently a full-time Digital Marketing Associate while attending DeVry University as a full-time student. Sho currently has a 4.0 GPA entering his final year in pursuit of a B.A. in Marketing.
Sho grew up in a single parent household, and did everything he could to ease the financial burden of his mother raising two children who competed in Freestyle Skiing. Without the support from sponsors, families, and grants from non-profit organizations, he never would have been able to accomplish his dreams of making the US Ski Team. He is passionate about helping athletes reach their full potential by assisting with costs associated with improvement and development in the sport of mogul skiing, and has joined the ID One Foundation as Treasurer and board member.
Bryon Wilson has been a member of the U.S Freestyle Mogul Team for 9 years and won an Olympic Bronze medal in the 2010 Winter games.
Bryon grew up in Butte, MT and discovered a love for mogul skiing at age 12 when he watched Johnny Mosely win Gold in 1998. His passion for the sport drove him to work hard and succeed. At 18 years old Bryon and his family moved to Utah to get a better training opportunity. With the improved opportunities with the Wasatch Freestyle Team Bryon was able to make the U.S. Ski Team in 2006.
Bryon’s continued passion for the sport spurred him on to help create the ID One Foundation. He hopes the Foundation will help ignite that passion in other mogul skiers and fuel their aspirations in reaching their full potential.