Team Summit partners with Copper Over the Hill Gang for a youth sports fund in honor of Paul Kresge
The Copper Mountain Resort Over the Hill Gang Senior Ski Program teams up with Team Summit Sports Club to benefit local young athletes in honor of the late Paul Kresge.
Kresge, leader of the Over the Hill Gang and mainstay of the Copper Mountain Resort ski and Dillon Reservoir sailing communities, died last summer in a sailing accident on the Dillon Reservoir.
Over the Hill Gang board member Bradley Rosenberg said Kresge was a fearless leader and a good friend he met on one of Rosenberg’s first trips with the Over the Hill Gang. .
“We on the board (Over the Hill Gang) kind of got the idea that we would like to pay tribute to Paul,” Rosenberg said. “We’ve been bouncing around a lot of ideas in collaboration with Copper Mountain, and they’ve been very supportive of us. He was important to Copper. He had been there for a long time and he was one of the main drivers of the success of the Over the Hill Gang.
Rosenberg said the Over the Hill Gang board of directors ultimately decided to provide a scholarship fund to local Team Summit athletes. Rosenberg said the board decided on the scholarship fund with Team Summit because Kresge loved to give back, whether it was coaching skiers on the slopes in his gifted and diplomatic style or organizing a children’s program for young sailors on the Dillon Reservoir.
“What we liked about Team Summit is that they focus on Summit County kids who need help,” Rosenberg said. “The goal of the Paul Kresge Memorial Fund and the scholarship program within Team Summit is to create opportunities for children who do not have them, due to economic and other circumstances. We want to help them have experiences that otherwise would not be accessible to them.
The Paul Kresge Fund will help Team Summit increase their scholarships for local children. Team Summit spokesperson Phil Kubiske said this would mean Team Summit will be able to provide scholarships above the previous maximum of 50% of cost, potentially up to 75%.
“Every year we try to help our families in Summit County and that will be a big part of it,” said Rodney Robinson, Director of Development for Team Summit.
Rosenberg said that in addition to the Over the Hill Gang members who contribute to the Kresge Team Summit scholarship fund, members will also help in other ways, including helping Team Summit by volunteering for events and by helping with transport.
“It’s not always just money, sometimes it’s time,” Rosenberg said. “And we have a lot of qualified people, brilliant people, successful people who can step in and help.”
The fund will receive donations from the first-ever Paul Kresge Memorial Bike Ride touring Dillon Reservoir at 7:30 a.m. on Sunday, July 11. Those interested in walking are also welcome to participate in the event, as are those who do not do the full loop of the lake, as there are route options for cyclists, walkers and athletes of different skill levels. The event will start and end at the Marina Park Pavilion.
Rosenberg said Kresge’s bike ride is expected to be the biggest Over the Hill Gang attendance since before the start of the novel coronavirus pandemic.
“It was a tribute to Frisco and Dillon,” Rosenberg said of Kresge. “I have yet to meet someone who knew Paul and did not have the greatest respect for him. He was a successful skier, cyclist, sailor and businessman and I think he would be incredibly happy and proud of what everyone – Team Summit, (Over the Hill Gang) and Copper Mountain – did.