Scholarship Opportunities to Wisconsin Nordic Teams or Clubs

by Bruce Manske, CXC Community Olympic Development Program Director

I am excited to announce that the WISCONSIN NORDIC DEVELOPMENT GROUP is offering three scholarships of $750.00 each to Wisconsin Nordic teams or clubs that connect with their community and schools with the CXC Nordic Rocks for Schools Program.

The CXC Nordic Rocks for Schools program has a proven history; the program is truly the very first step in the Nordic pipeline; the skis are easy to use during a typical school physical education class, and introduce children to skiing in a safe environment with their friends and teachers. One of the 2017-18 program goals is to connect Nordic teams and clubs to the ‘Nordic Rocks’ schools. This connection will assure skill progression and development, as well as support the growth of teams and clubs.

Thanks to the WISCONSIN NORDIC DEVELOPMENT GROUP, schools are able to enroll in the ‘Nordic Rocks’ program at a very affordable cost.

If you are interested in bringing the CXC Nordic Rocks for Schools program to your community, please contact Bruce Manske for additional information.

The 2017-18 ‘Nordic Rocks’ skis will be 120 cm long; the skis include an upgraded binding/buckle system and an anti-slip strip below the heel area. New for the upcoming season is an addition of adjustable aluminum ‘Nordic Rocks’ ski poles (90-130 cm) for schools and clubs interested in after-school programs and club development, and taking the next step in teaching the skill and technique progressions of cross country skiing.

Due to the upgraded in ski quality, the value of a classroom set of 30 pairs of skis will be $3,300.00 during the 2017-18 season; poles can be added to a program for $25.00 per pair. To help keep the Nordic Rocks program sustainable, I typically suggest each school to pay $1,500.00 – $3,300.00 to meet the CXC matching grant commitments; sometimes, this funding comes from PTA’s, local businesses, clubs, or grants.


The WISCONSIN NORDIC DEVELOPMENT GROUP will provide three scholarships of $750.00 each to Wisconsin Nordic teams or clubs that connect with their community and schools with the CXC Nordic Rocks for Schools program to help offset funding concerns.

Bruce Manske will coordinate the scholarships, the club and school connections, and the delivery of the “Nordic Rocks’ equipment and resources to selected communities.

For more information, and to apply for the WISCONSIN NORDIC DEVELOPENT GROUP scholarships, please contact Bruce Manske.

The ‘Nordic Rocks’ Program is Ready to Roll into your Community

Thanks to Dahl Automotive, the CXC Nordic Rocks for Schools program will roll into communities with a van dedicated to promoting health, wellness, and nutrition to children and families.

Now, in its fifth season, the Nordic Rocks for Schools program is in over 125 schools across the country from California to Vermont.

To date, with the support of Dahl Automotive, there are two schools in La Crosse, Wisconsin and five schools in Winona, Minnesota participating in the CXC Nordic Rocks for Schools program.

Dahl Automotive, in La Crosse, Wisconsin is one of the oldest family-owned Ford dealerships in the nation.

According to Andrew Dahl, the president of Dahl Automotive and CXC Masters Team member:

The ‘Nordic Rocks’ program provides children an opportunity to enjoy the sport of cross country skiing at school. In many cases, the children then become involved with school teams and community clubs, as well as experience the benefits of exercise and outdoor wither fun.


Bruce Manske

For further information regarding these events, contact Bruce Manske
(651) 304-0647

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Now Enrolling – CXC Jr. Development Program

Middle and high school is an important time to establish proper technique, effective training habits and to get exposure at local and national ski competitions.

The CXC Junior Development Program is designed to add additional training and race support for athletes ages 15 to 18 years old who are involved in a local club program and are looking for extra coaching to back their skiing goals.

The CXC Junior Development Program offers a customizable and interactive annual training plan supplemented with:

  • seasonal sports
  • fitness testing and screening
  • training camps throughout the summer and winter
  • race support at the Midwest Junior National Qualifiers

The vision of the program is to promote an environment for motivated junior cross country skiers to succeed at reaching their performance goals. Athletes will progress through the competitive skiing pipeline with support from a full time CXC coach.

The typical training year beings May 1, however athletes can sign-up for the CXC Junior Development Program anytime throughout the year to coordinate an annual training plan.

Training as a member of the CXC Jr. Development Program means that one has expectations and goals to ski at a high level in the junior race circuit with goals that extend beyond high school skiing. In order to ski for an NCAA college in the United States, it is critical to have Junior National experience and to display professional training practices.

As such, program members are focused, goal-oriented and have the ability to communicate well with coaches.


Program support includes:

  • Customized training plan
  • Support at Midwest JNQs
  • Seasonal training camps
  • Fitness testing
  • Goal-mapping sessions
  • Gear management and selection

* There are four different levels of CXC Junior Development programming. Stipends and discounts for camps are available on individual basis. Please contact the coach for more details to see if you qualify for reduced rates.

 

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Available Now – (B)STRONG Strength Training System

Blood Flow Restriction Training

The (B)STRONG Strength Training System uses wraps placed around arms and/or legs to manipulate the body’s circulatory system in combination with light-weight exercise to achieve training results similar to high intensity strength training.

As a training method, it is beneficial in producing muscular adaptations with lower loads and lower volumes than comparable resistance training.

(B)STRONG Co-Founder Dr. James Stray-Gundersen is a world-renowned physiologist and physician sought for his expertise in maximizing athletic performance, nutrition, fitness and wellness, and Blood Flow Restriction and altitude training. He is the co-author of the award-winning altitude study “Live High/Train Low,” which has proven to be the foundation of new paradigms in athletic training and is recognized by the US Olympic Committee (USOC) for its influence on human performance.


With your purchase, you will get:

  • 2 belts, arms OR legs
  • 1 hand pump
  • carrying case
  • sport specific exercise videos
  • 1 personal license* for the guidance app

* (B)STRONG guidance app comes with video instructions and follow along tutorials that will teach you the basics of (B)STRONG training. The app will also customize your pressure recommendations and walk you through basic exercises.

PURCHASE (B)STRONG

 

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In the Small Town of Cheboygan…

John Gravlin, an avid skier from Michigan, has taken the CXC Nordic Rocks for Schools program to a new level.

John begins his elementary school lessons by introducing Nordic balance and movement skis indoors; during the second session, John heads outdoors, where students enjoy a true Nordic experience:

  • sliding, gliding, and playing on skis with the classmates and teachers

Over 150 Cheboygan Elementary students have tried skiing for the first time this winter. Thank you everyone who gave time to the Nordic Rocks program!

Hazel Fischer Elementary School, Arnold (CA)

Lowell Elementary School, Waukesha (WI)

The CXC Nordic Rocks for Schools program is a three-way partnership between selected schools, community organizations, and Central Cross Country Skiing (CXC).

Special thanks go to the National Winter Sports Education Foundation for its support of this program!


With questions about the CXC “Nordic Rocks” for Schools program, please contact Bruce Manske

With questions about the CXC “Nordic Rocks” for Schools program, please contact Bruce ManskeSave

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Nordic Rocks – The Original Idea

Getting Kids Outside

The original idea for the CXC Nordic Rocks for Schools program, was developed by the late John Hugus, an avid cross country skier and the founder of the Knicker Nordic Ski Club in Wausau, Wisconsin.

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His goal was to introduce a new generation of children, Kindergarten through 6th grade, to the excitement found in the sport of cross country skiing.

By providing elementary and middle school students an opportunity to experience Nordic skiing during the school day, with their teachers and classmates, they will quickly learn health and lifestyle benefits associated with exercise and outdoor winter fun.

– John Hugus

The CXC Nordic Rocks for Schools program is a three-way partnership between selected schools, community organizations, and Central Cross Country Skiing (CXC).

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The partnership creates an opportunity to teach skiing during the school day: physical education class, recess, and after-school programs.

Students are able to ski right behind their school on any surface covered with a minimum of two inches of snow. 

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During the inaugural season (2013-2014), the National Winter Sports Education Foundation awarded CXC a grant to initiate the CXC Nordic Rocks for Schools program in 15 schools throughout Wisconsin and Minnesota. During the second season of programming, the National Winter Sports Education Foundation awarded another grant to further expand the CXC Nordic Rocks for Schools program throughout the Midwest.

Other organizations have pledged their support for future expansions of the CXC Nordic Rocks for Schools program, including the American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation, Sawyer County Outdoor Programs and Education, Madison Area Sports Commission, and the Aspirus Health Foundation, along with many community ski clubs and school programs.


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Now, in its fourth seasons, the CXC Nordic Rocks for Schools program has made an impact on thousands of new skiers, and has enrolled over 125 schools across the country from California to Vermont.

Besides skiing, these programs aim to connect students with history and science, by teaching them about Midwestern Scandinavian heritage and sports.

bruce-manskeWith questions about the CXC “Nordic Rocks for Schools” program, please contact Bruce Manske.

Nordic Rocks in Schools Across the Country

Over 5,000 Midwest elementary aged children have recently tried skiing for the first time as part of their physical education classes this winter. 

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Thanks to the generous support of the National Winter Sports Education Foundation and the American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation, the CXC Nordic Rocks for Schools program continues to grow at a steady rate, including 95 schools in the Midwest, and over 40 schools across the country.

In four short seasons, the CXC Nordic Rocks for Schools program, along with the Knicker Nordic Ski Bumps program in Wausau, (WI) have made an impact on thousands of new skiers.

Your program is reaching 120 kids in a community that has an abundance of trails but a scarcity of use. When asked: 119 of these 120 kids had never been on cross-country skis. That all changes with Nordic Rocks. Outside next week!

– John Gravlin, The Top of Michigan Trails Council

There are over 3,500 elementary schools across Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan with an interest in teaching children the joy of winter sports.


With questions about the CXC “Nordic Rocks for Schools” program, please contact Bruce Manske.