Cory Gorczycki, 16, is brightening the lives of other children through a charity that he founded called Ski4All. On Sun., Mar. 4, he organized a ski day at Mount Peter in Warwick, NY for local foster children under the care of the Orange County Department of Social Services. These children would not otherwise have access to skiing if it were not for Cory’s hard work and commitment supported by the generosity of those who have donated to his nonprofit and Mount Peter’s enthusiasm for hosting the ski day.
Last year, Cory harnessed his love of skiing to found a nonprofit organization called Ski4All. In 2015, two of Cory’s grandparents died within a few weeks of each other which was a sad and difficult time for him. In addition to the support of family and friends, Cory found skiing really helped him to cope. With his season pass at Mount Peter, skiing its slopes provided a respite from his grief; when he was skiing, his thoughts were focused on the trail ahead.
Inspired by his grandparents’ legacy of community service, Cory decided to start a nonprofit to provide free ski days to other kids going through a difficult time, kids who could not otherwise afford to do so.
In July of 2016, Cory set up Ski4All as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, created a website and social media, and started fundraising. Last winter, Cory worked with a social services agency and he brought foster children to a local mountain so that they could get the emotional and physical health benefits of skiing. The ski days enhance the participants’ well-being since skiing gets the children exercising outdoors in the winter. It also provides the children with a meaningful boost in self-esteem as they learn a new sport.
After a relentless fundraising effort this past fall to fund even more ski days, Cory raised over $3,000 so that this winter (2017/18) he is expanding the reach of Ski4All to include additional ski resorts, including Mount Peter, to help children in foster care. Cory organized a ski clothing donation drive at his high school to which the students and faculty donated a huge number of ski pants, gloves, and jackets for future Ski4All ski day participants to use.
The results of Cory’s work with Ski4All can be seen by the delighted smiles of the children during the ski days as well as by their enthusiasm while learning to ski for the first time. Ski4All gives these children a chance to get fun and healthy exercise while trying something new in a supportive environment.
To read more about Cory’s nonprofit, visit www.ski4all.org or the Ski4All FaceBook page at Ski4AllUSA.