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Of course, the ARHE Skiathon wouldn’t be a skiathon without hitting the slopes. Students had the opportunity to do some night skiing on Thursday at Keystone Resort, and many enjoyed skiing or snowboarding during the day. Others went ice-skating, snow tubing or snowmobiling or lounged in large groups in the hot tubs, saunas and heated pool. Hearty breakfasts and dinners were provided in the ballroom on Friday and Saturday. The meals helped keep the students fueled up and provided an opportunity for everyone to gather throughout the conference.

A great team of sponsors came together to support the event, led by four visionary Founding Sponsors – Life of Purpose, Transforming Youth Recovery, AIM House and Summit Behavioral Healthcare. All of these organizations understand the important role that collegiate recovery students and programs serve in the continuum of care and are champions of the collegiate recovery movement.

University of Michigan CRC students and alumni

Life of Purpose Treatment offered ongoing assistance, sponsorship and encouragement to hold the summit from the very beginning and also helped with reaching out to other potential sponsors. Transforming Youth Recovery (TYR) provided substantial funding, continuing to demonstrate their deep commitment to supporting students in recovery and the collegiate recovery movement. (Of note – 13 of the 25 programs that were in attendance at the skiathon received a seed grant from TYR in their early stages of development, which was instrumental in those programs getting started. For information on current grants available for colleges and community colleges, go to transformingyouthrecovery.org) AIM House, a young-adult transitional mentoring program in Boulder, provided substantial funding and logistical support as part of their highly effective public-private partnership with the University of Colorado Collegiate Recovery Center. Rounding out the Founding Sponsors team, Summit Behavioral Healthcare solidified their growing leadership as a company dedicated to fostering supportive relationships with collegiate recovery programs on campuses in various regions of the country.

Origins Behavioral Healthcare generously supported the conference as a Gold Sponsor, and sponsored an additional 20 lift tickets for students. Origin’s CEO Drew Rothermel also shared with students his personal story of starting recovery as a young adult, and surprised students with cupcakes and ice cream for the late night Student Lounge on Friday night.

Organizational support and additional sponsorship provided by the University of Colorado Collegiate Recovery Center as the regional host made the event a true success.

The conference team worked to raise additional funding for scholarships to help reduce costs to ensure as many students as possible could attend. Sponsors from all over the country rallied to support students in recovery in having this experience.

Temple, Drexel, and Villanova students with Penn
State CRC alum Jimmy Hatzell and Andrew Burki,
of Young People in Recovery (YPR) and Life of Purpose

Keystone and Vail Resorts donated a block of 20 lift tickets to students; Phoenix Multisport provided yoga mats and brought Scott Strode out to speak with students; and Colorado-based Bobby Ferguson contributed one Fellowship level sponsorship from Jaywalker Lodge and one from Alpha 180, his new project to launch a nationwide sober fraternity, with the first one coming soon in Austin, Texas. Other fellowship level sponsors included UC Health (University of Colorado Health) and CeDAR (Center for Dependency, Addiction, and Rehabilitation), Caron Treatment Centers, Advanced Recovery Systems, Vive Family Support Program, Boulder Community Health, Harmony Foundation and Sober Living in Delray. Student sponsors included Open Sky Wilderness, Sandstone Care, the Collegiate Recovery Community at Palm Beach State College, Edwin Woltz with Woltz Law, Andrew and Tracy Roettger and others who wish to remain anonymous.

Side Note

“I cannot express how awesome it has been to meet so many students in recovery from across the country. I now understand just how big this movement truly is, and I am so proud to be a part of it”

— University of Colorado student

“This summit has given me hope — hope that I can achieve my dreams which I once thought were unachievable. Meeting people from all over the country who have the same goal as me (to not just get/stay sober but to LIVE sober) has opened me up to new ambitions as to what step to take next. This conference has also reminded me of how lucky I am to have the opportunity to live this life. I’m so grateful for everyone that supported this experience. THANK YOU!”

— Kennesaw State University student

“Thank you to all of the sponsors that helped provide scholarships so I could attend – this event has meant so much for me and my recovery. I feel much more connected to the collegiate recovery community and even more motivated to keep going with our CRC. Thank you so much for making this happen.”

— Oregon State University student

“I can’t express in words what this means to me to be here at this summit. I feel an energy and excitement for recovery that I haven’t felt before. For the first time I can see a glimpse of how amazing my life could be and how I have the capability to affect other’s lives as well. I feel so blessed to be here. Thank you doesn’t even begin to cover it!”

— Colorado State University student

“Thank you so much for this wonderful opportunity. I got to conquer some fears, make friends, and have fun in sobriety. Our program is relatively new, so it was really helpful to learn what other programs are doing so I can take that back to our campus.”

— University of Nebraska

“This event has reinvigorated my enthusiasm and commitment to collegiate recovery! It has reaffirmed my decision to live the life I am so gratefully leading now, and encourages me to spread this message of recovery and hope with many more people. I can’t wait until the next one!!!”

— Drexel University student

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