2020 Betsy O’Leary Abelson Parent’s Spirit Award

Apr 29, 2022 | Community

Liz Grammas

Liz Grammas has supported athletes, coaches and parents in the ski racing community.

Liz Grammas

According to John Kimble, Gould’s head freestyle coach, Elizabeth Grammas and her husband Corey are the parents of six snowsports athletes, several of whom have competed at the higher levels of the sport as part of the Gould Academy weekend program and as full-time Gould student-athletes. One of her children is now giving back to snow sports as a weekend freestyle coach. Elizabeth has been an involved volunteer parent, helping at events and competitions. She has organized social gatherings for other parents at competitions, helping to create a sense of community at events. She has served as a “surrogate” parent to many Gould student-athletes over the years, opening up her home to many for meals and gatherings to create an inclusive snow sports community. She has also provided coaches with a meal or a bed or couch when opportunities for housing have been in short supply. As a parent, she has supported her children without pushing or driving them. She has supported the coaching staff, enabling coaches to coach and recognizing that the important partnership between parents and coaches relies upon each recognizing the important but different role they play in an athlete’s development. An avid snowboarder, Liz can often be found on the hill and has undoubtedly fostered a lifelong love of snow sports within her family.