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UW Outdoor Program is a Finalist in $10,000 Competition

November 20, 2012
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UW Outdoor Program participants enjoy a canoe ride on the North Platte River near Glendo. (Outdoor Program)

The University of Wyoming Outdoor Program has made it to the final four and needs votes on Facebook to win a $10,000 prize.

The Made Possible Challenge, sponsored by Polartec, asks college outdoor programs across the nation to create videos about how they would use the $10,000 prize money. UW is among the four finalists.

“Previous winners include Princeton’s Outdoor Action program, and Appalachian State University’s Outdoor Program,” says Dan McCoy, UW Outdoor Program coordinator. “We are up against some stiff competition from Colgate University and a few others.”

To vote, visit Voters must be Facebook members and will be asked to “like” the Polartec page.

UW’s entry, titled “Be a Force for Nature,” would create the Polartec Be a Force for Nature Fund, which would provide scholarships for low-income students to attend the Wilderness Orientation Program.

“This program introduces new students to outdoors opportunities, and every year more than 200 incoming freshmen participate,” McCoy says.

The UW Outdoor Program offers a variety of programs and services for UW students to learn about and experience the outdoors. Programs include a yearlong leadership development program, wilderness-type orientation programs for incoming freshmen, and skill development clinics such as ski and bike tuning, a Wilderness First Responder course, or a level I avalanche class.

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