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Find a way to keep team alive

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I was on the ski and snowboard team all through high school and it was easily the best decision I ever made. It gave me a way to get up to the mountain before I had a drivers license and do what I loved with close friends. It formed a bond between us that connected people who probably never would have met otherwise. I even met my girlfriend on the team. When I look back on high school some of the fondest memories I have are of the trips we took up to the snow and the great times we had on the team. Even the early mornings and freezing cold bus rides couldn’t stop us from getting up to the snow every weekend. It was what we all looked forward to throughout the school week. I loved it so much that when I moved to Santa Barbara for school I immediately found the school’s team and joined. This year will be my third year on the UCSB ski team and just like in high school, it is my favorite part about being here. Even though the snow is seven hours away the team makes a huge effort to get up to the mountain every weekend, and through that I have met some of my best friends here at school. The entire reason I joined was due to the amazing time I had on the Bear River Ski Team. It was almost less of a team and more of a family, and it saddens me to hear that it has been canceled (Journal, Nov. 3). I hope the faculty and anyone in charge will be able to see how much the team means to so many kids and find a way to keep it alive. I don’t think anyone should be deprived of the opportunity I had. Hope this helps give some insight. Best of luck to you. Dylan Brady, Bear River High alumnus, University of California, Santa Barbara student