Special Community Programs

Michael & Barbara Peisner Nordic Fund

Established in 2013, The Michael & Barbara Peisner Nordic Fund helps children in greater Portland learn to cross-country ski.  Mike was a member of the WinterKids Board of Directors for seven years and served multiple roles on the board, including 2 years as President. The Peisners are avid winter enthusiasts and firmly believe in connecting kids who would otherwise not have the opportunity to try winter sports, recreation, and competition.

Through a collaboration with Portland Nordic and Portland Recreation, the Fund supports up to 10 children each year with transportation and equipment to participate in a 12-week cross-country program at the Riverside Golf Course in Portland.

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Thanks to a grant from the Killington World Cup Foundation, we have expanded our Nordic programs to reach more kids in greater Portland and Oxford Counties.

George K. Scholarship Fund and Gear Giveaway

Cooper Campbell Day

Cooper Campbell Day

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2009 – 2013

WinterKids’ Cooper Campbell Day was an event to celebrate the life of Maine teen, Cooper Campbell, who was killed by a drunk driver on the Maine Turnpike in April of 2008. Steve Campbell, Cooper’s father, says fifteen-year-old Cooper was an avid skier and snowboarder who “enjoyed winter with his whole heart and lived by the words ‘live, learn, listen, leap, laugh, love, and leave a mark.'”

For 5 years, WinterKids and Shawnee Peak helped “leave a mark” for Cooper by bringing kids and families out on the slopes to learn and have fun together. Each year, from 2009 to 2013, 100 kids got a chance to try skiing and snowboarding for the very first time, with free lessons, rentals, and lift tickets donated by Shawnee Peak!

2013 – 2018

Created to honor former board member, George Kiesewetter, the George K Scholarship Fund & Gear Giveaway provided Passports, travel vouchers, and new and gently used equipment to 5 Maine kids annually from 2013 thru 2018 to help them learn a new winter sport. George has always wanted to get outdoor equipment into the hands of kids who need it most, and with the help of George’s family, friends, and colleagues, WinterKids helped to make this wish a reality.

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