FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 08/11/2022
CONTACT: Jon Lundin, Lake Placid 2023 FISU World University Games Head of Communications & Media ([email protected]) Tel: 518-637-6885
LAKE PLACID, N.Y. – The Adirondack Sports Council (ADKSC) announced today that Northwood School will house more than 200 collegiate-athletes competing in the Lake Placid 2023 FISU World University Games, set for January 12-22.
The coeducational, independent college preparatory boarding school will lease its buildings and campus from December 20 through January 30 for lodging for the Lake Placid 2023 FISU Games. The 11-day, multi-winter sports and educational festival is expected to draw about 2,500 athletes and delegates from more than 50 countries, competing in 12 sports and 86 events.
“Northwood school is a strong community partner and we are extremely excited to have their campus and facility play a key role in the upcoming Games,” said Ashley Walden, executive director of the ADKSC, the Organizing Committee for the Lake Placid 2023 FISU Games. “This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to host the world’s best university athletes.”
Thomas Broderick, Northwood associate head of school for external affairs and director of the annual fund, added, “Northwood School is extremely excited to partner with the Organizing Committee to give a great athletic experience to these athletes who will be here for the FISU World University Games. It’s exciting for us to help the community and provide a unique facility for athletes coming from around the world.”
Northwood School typically goes on holiday break in mid-December to early January. Instead of returning after break, students will move off campus while continuing their academic and athletic programs. For most of January, academics will be held remotely, with athletes training and competing in and outside the area.
Plans are for Northwood School to host mostly Alpine skiing competitors. The campus is about nine miles from Whiteface Mountain, the Lake Placid 2023 FISU World University Games’ Alpine venue, and a little more than a mile from Lake Placid’s Main Street.
Besides the school’s proximity to Whiteface, the Lake Placid 2023 FISU Games’ Organizing Committee was impressed with Northwood’s athletic facilities and hospitality setup.
Northwood School enrolls nearly 200 students from 25 countries and 20 states. In addition to dormitories, the school has a dining hall that seats about 220 people, a fieldhouse with a state-of-the-art ski-tuner, a university-caliber fitness center, an auditorium, two classroom buildings, a 125-seat lecture hall and video-conferencing facilities.
“It is a wonderful facility to host university students. Northwood School is a sport-centric campus and offers excellent training opportunities including a state-of-the-art fitness center and advanced ski tuning equipment,” said Walden.
Walden said the organizing committee is working on finalizing additional properties for accommodations, which include local hotels.
“To me, it’s a perfect fit for the FISU World University Games, which includes both educational and athletic components,” Walden said. “It’s more than just providing this village for the athletes; it’s also a great connection here within the community.”
PHOTO courtesy of Michael Aldridge, Northwood School.