Ski race remembers Michael Gray of Wilton
The Michael Gray Memorial Ski & Snowboard Race on Saturday, March 5, is an opportunity for all types of skiers and snowboarders to spend a day at Windham Mountain in Windham, N.Y., and support the Adaptive Sports Foundation.
Michael J. Gray Jr., of Wilton, was a snowboard instructor with the Windham Mountain Snow Sports School, when he was tragically killed in a car accident. To honor his memory and dedication to snow sports, the Gray family started a memorial race in Michael’s honor. The proceeds from the race are donated to the Adaptive Sports Foundation (ASF), an organization that offers disabled people the opportunity to enjoy the sport of skiing/snowboarding. The day includes a discounted lift ticket, a fun race, and an après ski and awards party. All proceeds benefit the Adaptive Sports Foundation.
The Gray family will once again host the Morales Family of Trumbull. Jose, a father of three, was injured in a ladder accident in the summer of 2013. Left paralyzed from the waist down, Jose is currently in his second season on the slopes of Windham Mountain on a mono ski. Michael’s brother, Kevin, an Adaptive volunteer, will be instructing Jose again on race day. Jose, who is experiencing great success on the slopes, will be competing in the Hartman Race for ASF.
Since 1984, the nonprofit Adaptive Sports Foundation (ASF) has provided skiing and snowboarding, as well as summer sports, lessons to people with disabilities at Windham Mountain. It serves more than 1,500 individuals annually and has more than 170 volunteer instructors.
Anyone interested in donating a raffle item for the event’s auction or contributing to ASF may email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit remembermichael.com. An online auction opens on March 4.