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Megan PoeApril 12, 2024

Skiers and snowboarders be Jammin’

Under the lights at Marquette Mountain, sophomore Steven Stidham was gliding down a rail on his snowboard at the Jam for Love competition, when one of his bindings broke. After rolling and stumbling to the bottom of the hill, he threw caution to the wind and climbed to top of the hill to take another try at the rails and jumps.

“My girlfriend was here, so I didn’t want to be a quitter, and I didn’t want to stop because my board’s broke, so I just kept riding with one foot in,” he said. “A lot of the riders I like to watch do a lot of one-footed stuff, so I was like, ‘This is what God’s given me, so this what I’m going to do.’ I love to snowboard whether I’ve got both feet in or one foot. Just in general, I love to ride.”

Love was in the air for the event as Stidham was competing in the open/amateurs division of the Jam for Love held on Saturday.

The event was spearheaded by the Public Relations

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Student Society of America (PRSSA) and TCF Bank in order to raise money and awareness for Voices for Youth (VFY).

Jena Martin, the volunteer coordinator for VFY in Marquette said the proceeds for the event will provide assistance for local homeless youth in the Marquette area.

“Today has just been wonderful,” Martin said. “We have a lot of Northern volunteers. And it is just amazing that (PRSSA) would want to choose us to help out.”

Senior Meghan Sarna, and event coordinator for PRSSA, said Marquette Mountain was the perfect atmosphere for the event and since the PRSSA held Skiing and Snowboard for Darfur last winter, she knew this year’s event was going to be big.

“It

just always has a good crowd,” she said. “And the hill has been really good for us.”

Nearly 50 skiers and snowboarders showed up for the day, along with over 200 volunteers and spectators.

Gene Ross, a sophomore and judge for the competition, said he knew the participants would go big but he added they needed to do it more than just once.

“As long as they go for it all the time and they’re just not a one hit wonder, then they should be good to go,” he said.

Josh Nelson, a junior and snowboarder, said he went big on tricks and didn’t hold back because everyone else was doing it.

“This is one of those events that is just super fun, because there are no big prizes, and everybody is going big for a good cause,” he said. “And everybody is just pushing each other, and it is super sick when it is like that.”

Stidham added that seeing his peers perform was one of the reasons he kept riding with just one foot strapped in.

“It is so cool just to watch people progress,” he said. “It is not even really about who’s the best. It is just about watching people try to do cool (tricks) and try to stick something new.”

It was a warmer day at the mountain, with temperatures above 32 degrees Fahrenheit throughout most of the event and Nelson said this only added to the atmosphere surrounding the day.

“I’ve traveled all over the country to snowboard and I still love it around here because everybody is stoked real hard when there gets to be a nice day,” he said. “And when we get one nice day we step up and just do stuff like this, and just keep going it’s just the best.”

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