UVM DREAMers complete the Catamountain Classic in Avi's memory
On September 29th and 30th, University of Vermont DREAMers, in partnership with the UVM Outing Club and the Dewey House, hosted and completed the first annual Catamountain Classic. The event, inspired by Avi Kurganoff, challenged participants to join in an effort to raise funds by hiking the entire length of the Long Trail in one weekend. The hike is to benefit a scholarship fund to provide DREAM mentees and opporunity to participate in an Outward Bound course, a program Kurganoff was influenced by and particpated in as a youth. Kurganoff, a former DREAM mentor, passed away in March of 2012, but his fellow DREAM mentors and Outing Club members helped complete his vision and successfully raised enough money to offer two scholarships in this inaugural year of the event.
The first day of the event, 40 participants, including Avi's family, DREAM mentors, DREAM teen mentees, members of the Dewey House and the Outing Club hiked their segment of the Classic to Little Rock Pond. In addition to the actual hike, DREAM's Elm Street Local Program prepared mentees for the hike the week prior by planning a scavenger hunt through Centenial Woods. The scavenger hunt was part of what will be a bi-semester outing into the woods called "Avi's Adventures"; programming aimed at exposing DREAM mentees to the outdoors, teaching them outdoor skills and empowering them to DREAM big.
To learn more about the Catamountain Classic, its inspiring story and one of the mentors who helped make it a success check out the article below.