Local Charity Hosts Ski Tournament

Switzerland – January 14, 2014 – Nikita and Igor Shcherbakovskiy are thrilled to announce an inaugural ski tournament that will take place in March this year as part of their annual charity benefitting low-income and disadvantaged youth.

Devoted skiers, the two brothers aim to raise awareness and support for education in South Sudan and Chicago, Illinois through a series of ski events that will raise support for Project Education South Sudan, a charitable organization that was created in response to the destruction and unrest created by war between northern and South Sudan, and By The Hand, a Chicago-based after-school program that emphasizes academic excellence while nurturing the whole child – mind, body and soul.

The brothers’ mission is to foster tolerance and academic achievement among some of the world’s most disadvantaged children and teenagers through the sport of skiing. The ski tournament will take place at Lyceum Alpinum Zuoz, a boarding school set in the midst of an alpine landscape in Switzerland. The tournament will include giant slalom and slalom events, as well as a family ski session. Admission is $100 per person.

South Sudan is the world’s newest country and it has been devastated by political turmoil and a twenty-year civil war. The charity’s goal is to provide funding and support to Project Education South Sudan, which works to fight high illiteracy rates and help support primary schools in rural areas by emphasizing access to education for women and girls. It also helps provide clean water wells, commercial grinding mills, cinderblock-making equipment, sewing machines and school supply money. This organization also supports leadership development among women and girls, encourages literacy and teacher training, and supports feminine hygiene and HIV/AIDS health. By partnering with this organization, the charity aims to offer crucial support for the economy and educational system of South Sudan, emphasizing the education and economic literacy of women and girls especially.

In an effort to make the sport of skiing more democratic and less elitist, the charity also supports By The Hand, an organization that addresses a special need in the community, serving children in poverty-ridden, inner-city neighborhoods riddled with gang violence. By partnering with By The Hand, the charity aims to foster a love of skiing by emphasizing self-discipline, self-empowerment and curiosity. The winners of an essay contest will be awarded a day on the slopes.< By The Hand understands the importance of writing as a life-sustaining skill necessary to improving academic success, critical thinking and fostering independence and positive attitudes. To keep children from growing up too fast, By the Hand works to inspire creativity, achievement and positive living among children, teenagers and college students.

As a fundamental part of development, writing helps children and teenagers to follow their dreams and pursue their passions, both intellectually and spiritually. By partnering with By The Hand, the charity seeks to improve the lives of youth by inspiring an incentive to write and providing access to the opportunity to ski for the first time.