Honoring Jimmy Lawrence for volunteering his time serving as a personal ski coach at Windham Mountain

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION honoring Jimmy Lawrence for volunteering his time
serving as a personal ski coach at Windham Mountain

WHEREAS, It is incumbent upon the people of the State of New York to
recognize and acknowledge those within our midst who have made signif-
icant contributions to the quality of life therein; and
WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its long-
standing traditions, this Legislative Body is justly proud to honor
Jimmy Lawrence for volunteering his time serving as a personal ski coach
at Windham Mountain; and
WHEREAS, Jimmy Lawrence, a 2003 graduate of Windham-Ashland-Jewett
High School, never imagined that he would currently be in Park City,
Utah, working as an Olympic trainer; his Olympic journey began in
earnest working as a personal coach at Windham Mountain; and
WHEREAS, After graduating from high school, Jimmy Lawrence's ambitions
moved him around six different colleges, until he returned to Windham in
2010; his parents still live in the area and are owners of Windham Hard-
ware; and
WHEREAS, It was at Windham Mountain when Jimmy Lawrence was introduced
to Brooklyn native Jamie Sarubbi, a competitive ski racer; when he
trained her, she would talk about her sister, Caitlin; and
WHEREAS, Jimmy Lawrence found out that Caitlin was a Pre-Med student
at Harvard University; Jamie then told him that Caitlin also suffers
from Ablepharon Macrostomia Syndrome, a rare disorder that leaves her
legally blind; and
WHEREAS, Being amazed, Jimmy Lawrence found out that Caitlin is a
competitive skier, where she won a variety of world championships while
in high school, but had taken a break from skiing since attending
college; Caitlin and her family were attracted to Windham thanks to the
Adaptive Sports Foundation, which nurtures athletes who suffer from a
variety of disabilities; and
WHEREAS, Out of only four visually impaired women in the entire United
States who compete at a high level, two of them train at Windham; in the
fall of 2012, Caitlin faced a decisive point where she could either
continue on with her Harvard studies, or take a year-long leave of
absence and train for a chance at the upcoming Sochi, Russia Paralym-
pics; and
WHEREAS, Caitlin did not want to forgo a possibility of being a part
of the United States Olympic team; the only thing she needed to partic-
ipate was a guide; and
WHEREAS, Being that it is very difficult for a visually impaired ski
racer to find a guide, Caitlin's mother asked Jimmy Lawrence if he knew
anyone; he then volunteered himself, dropped out of the Master's program
at Long Island University, and within a week was on a plane to
Colorado's Copper Mountain to begin training; and
WHEREAS, Working with Caitlin, Jimmy Lawrence serves a few vital
roles, including skiing the slopes with her and communicating with her
through a headset for directions; their Olympic quest went from Colorado
to Windham and now Utah, where they train daily; and
WHEREAS, Jimmy Lawrence has high expectations for Caitlin when the
Sochi Paralympics take place in March of 2014, but the final United
States team will not be decided until February of 2014; thus far, his
experience has been one of a lifetime; and
WHEREAS, A true asset to society, Jimmy Lawrence's distinguished
record merits the recognition and respectful tribute of this Legislative
Body; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
honor Jimmy Lawrence for volunteering his time serving as a personal ski
coach at Windham Mountain; and be it further
RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Jimmy Lawrence.


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