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Schools, parks & rec programs, and nonprofits across Maine can apply now for a portion of $25,000 in grants through the WinterKids Downhill 24 Outdoor Fund
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Schools, parks & rec programs, and nonprofits across Maine can apply now for a portion of $25,000 in grants through the WinterKids Downhill 24 Outdoor Fund

WinterKids is excited to announce the opening of the WinterKids Downhill 24 Outdoor Fund 2024 application window. This marks the third year of the Downhill 24 Outdoor Fund, continuing WinterKids’ efforts to expand access to outdoor activities among children throughout Maine.

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Local businesses and Mountain Bike/Trail Running enthusiasts rally to support WinterKids at Mt. Abram on June 22nd
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Local businesses and Mountain Bike/Trail Running enthusiasts rally to support WinterKids at Mt. Abram on June 22nd

The 2nd Annual WinterKids Mountain Mayhem has garnered significant support from local businesses and sponsors, demonstrating the community’s commitment to promoting outdoor recreation and supporting youth health initiatives.

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Get Ready to Hit the Trails for a Cause: Registration Opens for 2nd Annual WinterKids Mountain Mayhem Fundraiser!
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Get Ready to Hit the Trails for a Cause: Registration Opens for 2nd Annual WinterKids Mountain Mayhem Fundraiser!

WinterKids is excited to unveil the return of its highly anticipated fundraiser, the 2nd Annual WinterKids Mountain Mayhem. This exciting 12-hour mountain bike, hiking, and trail running event will take place from 7:00 am – 7:00 pm on June 22, 2024, at Mount Abram in Greenwood, Maine.

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WinterKids Announces Resignation of Executive Director
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WinterKids Announces Resignation of Executive Director

WinterKids is announcing the resignation of its Executive Director, Julie Mulkern. Since 2011, Mulkern has been at the helm of WinterKids, leading the organization’s growth financially, programmatically, and geographically.

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Gold, Silver, and Bronze Medal Winning Schools announced in the 7th Annual WinterKids Winter Games
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Gold, Silver, and Bronze Medal Winning Schools announced in the 7th Annual WinterKids Winter Games

The 7th annual WinterKids Winter Games wrapped up this February with 16 schools competing statewide to win a total of $17,750 for their schools! The Winter Games is a 4-week series of challenges in outdoor physical activity, nutrition, family engagement, and winter carnival. All Competitive Track schools received a cash prize based on how they finished.

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Winterkids to Host Two “Ski Free” Days, Expanding Access to Winter Sports for Local Youth
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Winterkids to Host Two “Ski Free” Days, Expanding Access to Winter Sports for Local Youth

WinterKids is thrilled to announce two upcoming “ski free” days, providing unforgettable winter sports experiences for over 160 youth in collaboration with Augusta Recreation Dept, Lost Valley, Boys & Girls Club of the Border Towns, Micmac tribe, Healthy Peninsula, and BigRock Mountain.

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Registration Open for WinterKids 12th Annual Downhill 24 at Sugarloaf Presented by Agren & Zachau Construction
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Registration Open for WinterKids 12th Annual Downhill 24 at Sugarloaf Presented by Agren & Zachau Construction

Presented by Agren and Zachau Construction, the WinterKids Downhill 24 is a 24-hour ski and snowboard challenge to raise money for WinterKids programs – to help more kids build healthy habits through outdoor, winter activity. This is the only night of the year to ski under the lights at Sugarloaf.

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WinterKids Kicks off Seventh Annual WinterKids Winter Games in Maine Elementary Schools Statewide
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WinterKids Kicks off Seventh Annual WinterKids Winter Games in Maine Elementary Schools Statewide

The 7th annual WinterKids Winter Games will kick off this month with 16 schools (comprised of 3300+ students and 380+ teachers) across Maine.

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 WinterKids Announces Annual “Welcome to Winter” Event at Lost Valley Ski Area
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 WinterKids Announces Annual “Welcome to Winter” Event at Lost Valley Ski Area

WinterKids, the non-profit organization committed to promoting children’s health and activity in winter, is pleased to present their annual “Welcome to Winter” event on December 28, 2023, from 5 pm to 7 pm at Lost Valley Ski Area. This free and open-to-the-public celebration invites families and children to explore outdoor winter activities in a fun community setting.

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 WinterKids License to Chill Silent Auction Opens with an array of prized goods and services
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 WinterKids License to Chill Silent Auction Opens with an array of prized goods and services

WinterKids is excited to announce the launch of ticket sales for their 12th Annual License to Chill Celebration, presented by Mt. Abram Ski Resort & Bike Park, taking place on November 9, 2023, from 6 p.m.-9 p.m.

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WinterKids Announces Opening of Winter Games Application Window for Maine Schools
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WinterKids Announces Opening of Winter Games Application Window for Maine Schools

WinterKids is excited to announce the opening of the application window for Maine Schools to compete for cash & prizes in the 4-week competition taking place from January 8-February 2, 2024.

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 WinterKids Announces Ticket Sales for the 12th Annual License to Chill Celebration to Benefit outdoor youth Initiatives
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 WinterKids Announces Ticket Sales for the 12th Annual License to Chill Celebration to Benefit outdoor youth Initiatives

WinterKids is excited to announce the launch of ticket sales for their 12th Annual License to Chill Celebration, presented by Mt. Abram Ski Resort & Bike Park, taking place on November 9, 2023, from 6 p.m.-9 p.m.

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 Announcing WinterKids Downhill 24 Outdoor Fund Year 2 Grantees
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 Announcing WinterKids Downhill 24 Outdoor Fund Year 2 Grantees

Westbrook, Maine, August 1, 2023 – WinterKids is thrilled to announce the recipients of its Downhill 24 Outdoor Fund second-year grants, totaling $51,000, to 12 outstanding organizations across Maine. These grants are aimed at promoting outdoor activities and encouraging children to stay active throughout the year.

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WinterKids Mountain Mayhem: A New 12-Hour Mountain Bike and Trail Running Event to Benefit Maine Non-Profit, WinterKids
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WinterKids Mountain Mayhem: A New 12-Hour Mountain Bike and Trail Running Event to Benefit Maine Non-Profit, WinterKids

WinterKids is proud to announce its newest fundraising event, WinterKids Mountain Mayhem. This exciting 12-hour mountain bike and trail running event will take place from 7:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. on September 9, 2023, at Mount Abram in Greenwood, Maine.

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WinterKids Announces Gold, Silver and Bronze Prize Winners in the 6th Annual WinterKids Winter Games!
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WinterKids Announces Gold, Silver and Bronze Prize Winners in the 6th Annual WinterKids Winter Games!

The 6th annual WinterKids Winter Games wrapped up last week, with 16 schools competing statewide to win cash prizes for their schools!

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WinterKids Announces Maine Schools Competing in the Sixth Annual WinterKids Winter Games Presented by Hannaford Snack Pals
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WinterKids Announces Maine Schools Competing in the Sixth Annual WinterKids Winter Games Presented by Hannaford Snack Pals

The 6th annual WinterKids Winter Games begins next week with sixteen schools competing statewide to win a total of $30,000 for their schools!

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Registration Open for WinterKids’ 11th Annual Downhill 24 at Sugarloaf Presented by Agren & Zachau Construction
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Registration Open for WinterKids’ 11th Annual Downhill 24 at Sugarloaf Presented by Agren & Zachau Construction

Registration is open for the 11th annual WinterKids Downhill 24 at Sugarloaf on March 2-3, 2023. Presented by Agren and Zachau Construction, the WinterKids Downhill 24 is a 24-hour ski and snowboard challenge to raise money for WinterKids programs – to help more kids build healthy habits through outdoor, winter activity. This is the only night of the year to ski under the lights at Sugarloaf.

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WinterKids To Celebrate the 11th Annual License to Chill with A Live Auction at Portland House of Music
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WinterKids To Celebrate the 11th Annual License to Chill with A Live Auction at Portland House of Music

Presented by Mt. Abram, WinterKids will celebrate the 11th anniversary of their License to Chill fundraiser on Thursday, November 10, 2022 at Portland House of Music.

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WinterKids Announces Downhill 24 Outdoor Fund Winners
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WinterKids Announces Downhill 24 Outdoor Fund Winners

WinterKids is awarding $25,000 to organizations working on getting kids outside and active more often! Here are our 2022 Downhill 24 Outdoor Fund Grant Recipients…

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Applications open for the 6th Annual WinterKids Winter Games!
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Applications open for the 6th Annual WinterKids Winter Games!

Once again, the WinterKids Winter Games is bringing a little healthy competition to elementary schools across Maine, and it’s going to be “wild.”

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WinterKids Announces Gold, Silver, and Bronze Prize Winners in the 5th Annual WinterKids Winter Games!
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WinterKids Announces Gold, Silver, and Bronze Prize Winners in the 5th Annual WinterKids Winter Games!

The 5th annual WinterKids Winter Games wrapped up in February with 22 schools competing statewide to win a total of $50,000 for their schools!

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