|BILL AS INTRODUCED||2007-2008|
Introduced by Senator Collins of Franklin District
Subject: General provisions; state sport; snowboarding
Statement of purpose: This bill proposes to designate snowboarding as the state sport of Vermont.
AN ACT DESIGNATING SNOWBOARDING AS THE VERMONT STATE SPORT
It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:
Sec. 1. FINDINGS
In recognition of the importance that sports can play in the personal lives of Vermonters and in the economic well-being of the state, the general assembly finds:
(1) The history of snowboarding is heavily linked to Vermont.
(2) In 1982, the Suicide Six Resort in Pomfret, Vermont was the first resort in the United States to allow snowboarding. In 1985, when Stratton Mountain introduced snowboarding, only five percent of ski areas in the country permitted snowboarding. Today, 97 percent of ski areas in the nation welcome snowboarders on their slopes.
(3) In the 1980s, Vermont was the first state in the country to host what is now known as a snowboard park at the Sonnenburg Ski Hill in Barnard, Vermont.
(4) The U.S. Open for Snowboarding is held in Vermont. This event is the renowned first competition for snowboarding and offers an exciting opportunity to watch the world’s best snowboarders exhibiting their skills.
(5) Vermonters have won two gold medals in snowboarding in the last three Winter Olympic games.
(6) The United States Olympic Committee named Hannah Teter of Belmont, Vermont the 2006 Sportwoman of the Year, the top honor conferred by the committee.
(7) The United States Olympic Committee named former United States Halfpipe Head Coach Bud Keene of Stowe, Vermont the 2006 National Coach of the Year.
(8) 1n 1977, Vermonter Jake Burton founded the Burton Snowboard Company in his barn and perfected the technology to build snowboards. Today, this Burlington-based company is the worldwide leader in the manufacture and sale of snowboards and related accessories and has supplied equipment to the United States Olympic Snowboarding Team. Jake and Donna Burton Carpenter were inducted into the United States National Ski and Snowboarding Hall of Fame in 2007.
(9) There is an alarmingly high, and still rising, percentage of obese children in the United States. The sport of snowboarding is fun and promotes healthy outdoor exercise for children, their parents, and people of most ages.
(10) No state has designated snowboarding as its state sport.
(11) Designating snowboarding as the Vermont state sport will encourage individuals to travel to Vermont to snowboard at the state’s ski resorts, to patronize local hotels and restaurants, and to purchase
Vermont-manufactured snowboarding gear at area sporting goods stores.
Sec. 2. 1 V.S.A. § 516 is added to read:
§ 516. STATE SPORT
The state sport shall be snowboarding.
The Vermont General Assembly
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