Resolution J1581-2013

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



  • Apr 30, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Apr 26, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE


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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