Spray It Forward
In honor of Amanda Hoffman
Spray It Forward is an initiative designed to put used water ski equipment in the hands of college ski teams which are in need of more or better equipment than what their team members are currently using.
The concept for Spray It Forward came about after taking Jodi’s Ski Skool on the road with my On Location Tour in 2010 and 2011. After attending several collegiate water ski tournaments along my route, it became very clear to me that there is huge sense of team spirit and enthusiasm among the students and the schools. Being part of a team in such a sport as ours is an amazing experience and will not only impact their collegiate careers, but will also create memories that last a lifetime.
At the same time, it became very apparent to me that the quality of the ski equipment being used was not up to standard, some were even “old school,” and there was very little equipment to go around among the team members. I was actually dumbfounded by the fact that teams as large as twenty skiers were sharing one or two skis among them. This seemed crazy to me, not only from a performance standpoint, but also from a safety standpoint. Athletes should be on the right sized equipment and on solid, safe equipment with bindings that are not torn, perished or held together with duct tape. While at one of the Midwest collegiate events, we decided to donate a new 67” ski with bindings that could be tightened to accommodate different sized skiers. Indiana State University, with a team of close to twenty skiers who were sharing only a few skis, was the lucky team to win the random drawing. They were so excited and pleased to be chosen as the team that would be presented with a brand new ski with bindings that they could use and share.
This got us to thinking that we need to do more to help these students to have access to more quality ski equipment to train and compete on while in college. We are asking you to “spray it forward” by donating your used ski equipment to this program for distribution to college teams across the country. We truly believe this program will help the sport in the long term. We all know that once you have been bitten by the water skiing bug, it will always stay with you. We think your participation in this program will help our sport continue to grow with the younger generation.
In time, we hope to attract industry sponsorship as well as private donations with some graphic blem’s and bindings. This funding will help Spray It Forward to gain the recognition and momentum to grow our sport and support the future enthusiasts and champions of water skiing. The NCWSA will administrate the redistribution of the equipment to the teams and colleges in need of slalom, trick and jump skis as it becomes available from donation and ready for distribution.
We would like to launch Spray It Forward officially at the US National Championships in West Palm Beach on August 13-17. The championship venue will act as a collection point to get this program underway. We hope that any of you skiers who have equipment to donate will bring it to this event. If you are unable to bring your used equipment to the Spray It Forward booth at Nationals, you can leave us your name and address, and we will make arrangements to have the equipment collected from your home and brought to a central collection warehouse where we can inspect the products for safety and assemble them with new bindings, if needed. Thanks for helping us to Spray It Forward!
We feel it is also fitting to Honor Amanda Hoffman the collegiate skier who sadly lost her life traveling to a collegiate water ski event this past May. Amanda was an amazing person who would do anything to help her fellow water ski friends no matter what team you were competing for and with this same spirit in mind, we are honored to have her family be part of this initiative to Spray it Forwards in Amanda’s memory and spirit to have fun everyday and share it with all your friends and family.
Can’t make it to Nationals but still have equipment to donate? Please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Founding Sponsors of Spray It Forward, with additional supporting sponsorship are welcome to join this initiative.
Jodi’s Ski Skool
69 Slam Beach & Underwear