Burton wins ESPY for community impact

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BURLINGTON — Burton Snowboards took home an ESPY during Sunday night's award show on ESPN.

The Vermont based snowboarding company won the corporate community impact award, which "recognizes a corporation that utilizes their business platform and the power of sports to help advance a social issue, cause or community organization," according to an ESPN press release.

The company won the award because of the work they have done with the Chill Foundation.

Founded by Burton owners Donna Carpenter and the late Jake Burton Carpenter, the Chill Foundation provides access to board-sports for youth who would not otherwise have the opportunity, providing them year-round programming to snowboarding, skateboarding, surfing and stand up paddleboarding lessons at no cost.

"We couldn't be more proud of Burton and thank them for their commitment to Chill over the past 25 years," a message reads on the foundation's website announcing the award.

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The youth-development program also addresses the inequalities around access to board-sports, as well as the potential for personal growth and development, while focusing on the resiliency of the participants to help them transfer many of their new skills and ideas to different circumstances they may face.

Since its creation in 1995, the Chill Foundation has helped introduce more than 25,000 kids to board-sports.

Carpenter created the first prototypes for what would later become Burton Snowboards in a barn in South Londonderry in 1979. He moved to Manchester in 1981, before moving the operation to Burlington, Burton's current headquarters, in 1992.

Carpenter was an instrumental part in normalizing snowboarding on mountains. Many mountains would not allow snowboards as the sport was gaining popularity. Stratton Mountain was the first ski area to allow snowboards on its slopes.

Carpenter died in November after a battle with cancer.


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