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Freshman lands snowboarding sponsorship

January 29, 2010 : David Hylton

Freshman Myles Stark wants to help the world. He’s been on a missions trip to Guatemala to help build an orphanage and has future plans to help others. That dedication has lead to a longtime dream of his as a snowboarder – sponsorship.

“I’ve tried for this for a long time,” said Stark, 19, a Vermont native. “I’m pretty excited about it.”

Stark, who is on Liberty University’s snowboarding club team, recently received a snowboarding sponsorship from Humanity Snowboards, a company dedicated to humanitarian efforts.

“They want riders who just love to ride … and I love to ride,” said Stark. “They’re not all about snowboarding. … They want to help people, too.”

Stark, who is majoring in Criminal Justice, applied for the sponsorship opportunity through Humanity’s website. The sponsorship allows Stark to show off his skills using Humanity’s equipment.

“When we received his application and resume, he immediately caught our attention,” Matt Lindenmuth, one of the founder’s of Humanity Snowboards, said of Stark. “We get hundreds of these humanitarian applications. Myles set himself apart because he expressed his true humanitarian heart.”

Lindenmuth is a Liberty University Online student with hopes of studying at Liberty University School of Law in the near future.

“I want to do all I can with Humanity Snowboards to work toward a common goal with [Liberty Mountain Snowflex Centre]. I believe Snowflex is a great training tool in the off-season when riders are unable to make the trip to the southern hemisphere or to the glaciers of Mount Hood,” he said. “We hope that with Humanity and all of our Humanitarians we can develop a series of camps and training programs at Snowflex to coach and mentor young snowboarders during the summer months.”

Stark plans to use his snowboarding ties and his new sponsorship to spread the word of God to other snowboarders.

“I want to reach out to the snowboarding culture,” he said, “and evangelize to a different group that might not know about the Gospel.”