In 2006 Manuel Osborne-Paradis (Manny) started the Get Up and Go Award, offering one boy and one girl $500 each to help in their efforts to pursue their ski racing dreams.
The following year Mike Janyk joined in, which created the ability to support four athletes. In the summer 2007, Mike and Manny while rooming together at the airport hotel in Santiago, Chile, after a ski camp in Portillo, Manny turned to Mike and said “Mike, it’s time to do more.” With this notion, they began discussing options on how to give back in a greater way then their current bursaries.
Over the next few hours a loose vision was created to provide an all expense paid ski camp for young ski racers who are not able to afford an off season camp. They chose to offer this for kids entering FIS, the age when costs and time commitments become greater to pursue your dream. “We will bring our passion and experience of the World Cup to the kids and have four days of fun.” From this the Cowboy’s ski camp was born and every year since, they've had the fortune of their sponsors and supporters continually believing in them, allowing more opportunities to grow in favour of the young racers.
Mission: To provide financially free opportunities for youth to discover themselves through sharing our passion of skiing.
Slogan: Believe. Experience. Know. All is possible.
Vision: The pursuit of a dream is made available to everyone.
Values: Giving, Fun, Inspire. Connect to the youth with these values and they will discover the fire within themselves to pursue their own dream.