Bristol Freestyle Fund (BFF)
Partnership

The Bristol Freestyle Fund (BFF) supports elite Rochester Area Freestyle Skiing Athletes who are Olympic Hopefuls.

The funds objective is to collect contributions from the community and distribute 100% of the proceeds directly to the athletes who are working hard towards the next Winter Olympic Games. This objective mirrors the objective of GRAAF with the only exception being that BFF is dedicated to Winter Olympians.

GRAAF and BFF have partnered to help the newly established BFF get off the ground and share resources that will ultimately benefit both GRAAF and BFF

The Rochester area is fortunate to have a total of 5 members on the 2017 US Ski Team. There are only 32 athletes total on the team! This season alone these 5 athletes have the potential of over a combined 50 World Cup starts.
Spring 2019
Newsletter
About Bristol Freestyle Fund
These 5 Rochester NY area US Ski Team
members are truly among the very
Best in the World!

The very best 32 Freestyle Skiers from over 425 ski areas in the United States of America have earned a spot on the 2017 US Freestyle Ski Team.

FIVE (5) of those US Ski team members learned to ski and got their start in the sport of Freestyle skiing at Bristol Mountain in Western, NY. The Rochester region can be proud to have produced so many talented skiers who are successfully competing for our region and country throughout the world. The goal for all 5 of these athletes is to represent all of us at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang South Korea!

These athletes need your help to make it all the way! The United States is one of the only countries in the World that does not support their Olympic level athletes. Funding for all training, travel and competition fees is the responsibility of each athlete and the majority of this burden falls upon their families.

Our 5 US Team members combined costs for the 2017 season alone will exceed $125,000. Families and skiers are making tremendous sacrifices. They all live apart from one another and have foregone large parts of their childhood to train year round in remote locations. Some families have sold their homes in order to defray these financial burdens. All of the athletes find part time work to supplement, but the training regimen is a full time job so the income generated is minimal. One athlete has even built a makeshift “living space” on the bed of a pickup truck so that he can travel from one training location to the next and minimize living expenses.

Typically only athletes from glitzy ski towns make it onto the US Ski Team. Our local athletes have bucked this trend! Rochester and all of Western, NY will have something to cheer about all season long but most hopefully at the 2018 Olympic Games!! You can follow their competition progress through the year by visiting the Bristol Freestyle Fund (BFF) page on FaceBook :


The Greater Rochester Amateur Athletic Federation (GRAAF) is a long established 501c3 organization and BFF has joined GRAAF so that donations to BFF will be tax deductible.

Please help our athletes reach their goals by making a contribution at WWW.GRAAFUSA.ORG. In addition to supporting these 5 US Ski Team athletes a small portion of the contribution will go to the US Development Team and National competition level athletes that are also from the Bristol program and the Rochester Region so we can keep this trend for years to come!!

100% of all contributions are forwarded directly to the athletes. These 5 Rochester area US Ski Team members are truly among the very best in the World!



Jon Lillis (Aerials) - 8 years on the US Ski Team, 2012 World Cup Rookie of the Year, World Cup Silver Medalist 2016 – Russia, 2017 World Championships Gold medalist, 2017 World ranking – 8th.
Dylan Walczyk (Moguls) – 6 years on the US Ski Team, World Cup Bronze Medalist 2013 – Lake Placid, World Cup Silver Medalist 2015 – Deer Valley, 2016 World ranking – 10th.
Morgan Schild (Moguls) - 4 years on the US Ski Team, 2015 World Cup Rookie of the Year, World Cup Podiums - Gold 2015 Japan, Gold 2017 Deer Valley, Bronze 2017 Lake Placid.
Harrison Smith (Aerials) - 4 years on the US Ski Team, 2015 Jr. World Champion, 2016 US National Champion.
Chris Lillis (Aerials) - 2 years on the US Ski Team, World Cup Gold Medalist 2016 – Belarus, 2016 World ranking – 6th, 2017 World Cup Rookie of the Year.
Fox 13 Ski Interview

Meet GRAAF's 2018 Olympians ​​​​​​​​​Morgan
Schild & ​Jon Lillis!

Moguls Skier ​​​​​​Morgan Schild Earns Spot On 2018 Olympic Team

The 20-year-old from Rochester, New York, took third place at the world cup stop in Park City on Wednesday and on Thursday she made it two podiums in a row. With her third-place finish on night two, Schild officially qualified for her first Olympic team. She joins teammate Jaelin Kauf, who qualified after her second-place finish on Wednesday.
Kauf won with a score of 81.37. It marked the fourth podium in six world cups for the 21-year-old who had never landed on the moguls world cup podium before this season. France’s Perrine Laffont was second Thursday, earning 80.38 in the super final.
Schild’s second straight third-place finish came with a score of 78.76.
The Olympic berth is the latest step on the comeback trail for Schild, who this time last year was just coming back on the competition circuit after missing nearly two years because of a knee injury.
Schild was the FIS world cup rookie of the year for the 2014-15 but tore her ACL in March of that season at the junior world championships. She missed 22 months in recovery and rehabilitation.
In her first competition back in January 2017, she got third place. Schild then arrived at Deer Valley and scored her second career world cup victory. Her first came in dual moguls, a non-Olympic event, in March 2015.

 ​GRAAF is proud to support these
two Rochester NY Olympic athletes. 

World Aerial ski champion and 2018 Olympian ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Jon Lillis

Pittsford native Jon Lillis was named to the U.S. Aerial Ski Team. He'll join freestyle moguls skier Morgan Schild in South Korea next month. 
"Being named to the Olympic team, not only is it a great honor, but it’s the realization of a dream come true," Lillis said. "When you work so hard for so many years and you have one goal and that’s the specific goal, it’s just a culmination of really a lifetime’s dedication to your dream."
Lillis will return to Lake Place for two weeks of final training before leaving for South Korea. 
Jamie Lillis is just as excited. Jon's mother was sporting her "Team Lillis" sweatshirt at home in East Rochester Monday night. 
"I can't even express it," Jamie said. "To be able to type those words that 'Team Lillis is going to the Olympics' on Facebook and to share it with our family and friends was the moment that I was just like 'it happened'!"
The Olympic berth comes less than three months after Lillis' younger brother Michael passed away in his sleep at age 17. 
It was a sudden, unexpected passing and the sadness for the Lillis family is still raw. 
"As much as this is about me," Jon said. "It’s also about him in the sense that everything I’m doing this year and this season is for him. Make him proud and honor what he was a part of and what he wanted for his big brothers and to do it in a lot of loving memories for him."
The Games begin February 8th in Pyeongchang, South Korea. 
Congratulations Jon. Well done and well deserved!!!

Special Congrats to GRAAF Board member and Bristol Freestyle Coach ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​John Kroetz 

who welcomed Jon Lillis and Morgan Schild into the Bristol Mountain Freestyle Team at a time when their parents just wanted Coach Johnny to teach their kids how to make turns so they would stop “bombing” the trails. Flash ahead to today where he is the proud first Freestyle Coach of two US Olympic athletes! Learn more about the Bristol Freestyle Fund here.



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Bristol Freestyle
GRAAF BFF Events
  1. Sept. 17th, 2017
    Support former Bristol Athletes QUEST for the 2018 Winter Olympics!
    This great advert ran to help promote BRISTOL FREESTYLE FUND Golf fundraiser.
  1. Jan 9th, 2017
    Ski with Champion Fundraiser Interview!
    Check out this great interview with GRAAF Ski Champion Harrison Smith and his Coach aired on Fox Rochester 12/30/2016.
Fox 13 Ski Interview