*Note: Kailey's RallyMe video will be online shortly. Please enjoy her 2013 Nationals video from April in the meantime.
Also check out Kailey's interview by Hawaii News Now yesterday!
Kailey Bogart is the 2013 USASA National Overall Champion in the Ruggie (7 and under) girls division. She is also the 2013 USASA National Halfpipe, Slopestyle, and Giant Slalom Champion! She has been snowboarding since she was 4 years old. Some industry professionals insisted that she was too young to ride and no snowboard school in the Tahoe area offered lessons for kids until they were 8. They encouraged her to try ski school as an alternative. Kailey tried skiing once. Once. It just didn't feel natural to her. With the innovative technology of the recently designed Burton Riglet Parks and similar concepts, kids ages 3-6 are not only allowed to slide, they're encouraged to!
When Kailey was in Kindergarten, she fell off of a hammock and bumped her head on concrete. While the fall didn't cause much damage, incidental findings of her initial CT Scan revealed a congenital anomaly known as a Chiari Malformation. Her brain was essentially too large for her skull and was corked in her spinal canal, ceasing the flow of cerebral spinal fluid. Typically, patients with this disorder exhibit decreased motor skills, problems with balance, coordination and vision, headaches, dizziness, muscle weakness/numbness, and a variety of cognitive and emotional irregularities. If she had not fallen off the hammock, we would not have known there was a problem until it was too late, because Kailey did not display many physical symptoms. She experienced a progressively worsening scoliosis caused by the Chiari, and required immediate treatment. Left unaddressed, her disorder could have led to paralysis. Two years ago, Kailey had brain surgery at UCSF Pediatric Hospital and it was a COMPLETE SUCCESS! Our community rallied around her and said countless prayers for her both leading up to her surgery and throughout recovery. She is still under regular care from her doctors at UCSF to monitor her improving scoliosis and perform annual MRIs. Less than 10 weeks after her surgery, Kailey clicked back into her snowboard and hasn't looked back except to reflect on how truly blessed she really is. She has an unparalleled amount of drive, self-motivation and positivity. Her faith, unwavering compassion, and genuine love for others truly make her a unique competitor.
This will be Kailey's third competitive season and she is seriously amped up. Her most recent breakthrough began in February 2013 and continued on to peak at her performance at Nationals. To her disappointment, Kailey's season ended abruptly following USASA Nationals while her peers went on to train at summer camps, or continued riding in Australia and New Zealand. Making the most of financial constraints, Kailey began surfing and dry land training back in Hawaii.
See more of Kailey at: http://onelove.smugmug.com/Kailey
"I don't live to ride, I ride to live." - Kailey Bogart
MEET MY 'OHANA (Family)
My dad grew up in Michigan and is a military officer and graduate of the US Air Force Academy. He is currently stationed in Hawaii and has been in the military for 18 years. My mom and dad began snowboarding together in 2004 at Piancavallo Ski Resort in Italy, close to where I was born.
My mom grew up in Pennsylvania as a competitive gymnast at the Parkette National Gymnastic Training Center. She was recruited for and trained with the USAF Academy’s women’s gymnastics team, and currently helps coach us in everything we do!
Tyleris 10 years old, and is an awesome big brother and ultimate riding buddy. He excels academically and has played organized, competitive sports since age 4. In addition to snowboarding, he participates in: Surfing, skateboarding, wakeboarding, sailing, swimming, tackle football, baseball, basketball, and soccer. He just put his personal best snowboarding season in the books and his accomplishments include a 6th place Slopestyle finish (of 60) at USASA Nationals!
Ashley is a 6 year old mini shred! In addition to snowboarding, she participates in: soccer, swimming, wakeboarding, surfing, and skateboarding. She has been snowboarding since she was 2. Ashley is very competitive and a great rider. She will be in the USASA Ruggie Girls Division for two more seasons, and already has numerous awards in regional competition and two medals from nationals under her belt to include a 2nd place Halfpipe and 3rd place Boardercross finish where we shared a podium. All of our hard work paid off.
Mackenzie is my 2 year old micro shredding baby sister. LOOK OUT! She has been up and riding since she was 14 months old!
GOALS & ASPIRATIONS
Kailey's goals for the season include logging 100 days on snow and competing for a repeat National Overall Title. She wants to invent a new trick, ride a few new mountains and learn as many new tricks as possible. Most of all, she's out there to have as much fun as possible. Kailey moves up into the Grommet division (8-9) and will continue to work hard to stoke aggressive progression of women's snowboarding. She also hopes to raise interest in youth and women's snowboarding. Her post-season aspirations include attending her first snowboarding summer camp. If her training schedule and travel budget allows, she would like to enter a few World Rookie Tour events in Europe. Ultimately, she has her heart set on becoming a U.S. Snowboarding Team Member.
Tyler's goals for the season include becoming a nationally recognized rider in Slopestyle, Halfpipe, and Boardercross. He has been training hard in the off-season and his sheer physical strength is disproportionate to a 10 year old boy. A hurricane of hard work, heart and pure drive is brewing and forming into the perfect storm. Tyler's positive energy and determination is contagious and inspiring to everyone he encounters. Tyler hopes to ride side-by-side with his heroes one day including Chas Guldemond, Louie Vito, Shaun White and surfers Kelly Slater and Sunny Garcia.
Ashley's goals for the season include having fun, drinking as much hot cocoa as possible and making her coaches and teammates laugh until their sides hurt. With two seasons left in the Ruggie girls division, she will continue to work hard and aspires to follow in her sister's footsteps and earn the overall national champion title.
KAILEY'S RECENT ACCOMPLISHMENTS
Medalist, numerous North and South Tahoe Series USASA events 2011-2013
Honorable Mention, Open Class Women’s Division, Butterbox Rail Jam, Northstar, CA 2012
Champion, USASA North Tahoe Series All-Around (GS, SL, SBX, SS, HP), Ruggie Girls Division, 2012
Finalist, 7th Overall, USASA National Championships, Ruggie Girls Division, Copper Mountain, CO 2012
Barnabas Award Recipient for exemplary Christian character, 1st Grade, Vacaville Christian School, CA, 2012
4th Place, Honorable Mention, Open Class Women’s Division, Boreal Resort Expression Session, Truckee, CA, 2013
Gold Medalist, USASA National Champion, Ruggie Girls Division, Slope Style, Copper Mountain, 2013
Gold Medalist, USASA National Champion, Ruggie Girls Division, Giant Slalom, Copper Mountain, 2013
Gold Medalist, USASA National Champion, Ruggie Girls Division, Half Pipe, Copper Mountain, 2013
Silver Medalist, USASA National Runner-Up, Ruggie Girls Division, Boardercross, Copper Mountain, 2013
Silver Medalist, USASA National Runner-Up, Ruggie Girls Division, Slalom, Copper Mountain, 2013
National Champion, All-Around, USASA Ruggie Girls Division, Copper Mountain, 2013
Semi-Finalist, Roxy Waikiki Classic, Girls 7-9 Short Board Division, Waikiki, HI, 2013
3rd Place, North Shore Menehune Surf Championships, Girls 7-9 Long Board Division, Haleiwa, HI, 2013
I ride with the Tahoe Select Snowboard Team in Lake Tahoe. I have the best teammates and coaches anyone could ever dream of! We have so much fun together and I'm so blessed to live this life. I have a very special place in my heart for one of my coaches. He passed away this summer and now he's living in Heaven with Jesus. I'm still so sad and not a day has gone by where I haven't thought about and prayed for him and his family. I miss him so much. He called me his angel. I made him a promise that I would always do my very best and now hope he can see me from Heaven because I'm going to SEND IT for you Coach Ryan!! #iride4ryan
During the off-season, Kailey and her family look for opportunities to volunteer in their local communities. They have been involved in numerous events throughout NorCal to include supporting other youth sports, charity events, and planning and organizing extra curricular youth activities. In Hawaii they have been involved with supporting local youth and military activities, the Great Aloha Run, and numerous beach clean-ups. Most recently, they participated in a recycling drive last week to celebrate America Recycles day with singer Jack Johnson and the Hawaii Kokua Foundation. http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/story/23990918/jack-johnson-celebrates-america-recycles-day-with-keiki-on-the-north-shore
The costs are high, but the rewards are priceless. Against all odds raising three snowboarders home-based in Hawaii, we vow to do our very best to minimize the roadblocks the kids are bound to experience. For about half the year, our family is separated in order for Tyler, Kailey and Ashley to train and compete. A goal of our family is to provide unrestricted opportunities for all the children to explore their talents. The total figure of coaching, lift tickets/passes, USASA/USSA membership dues , travel, competition entry fees, and gear costs for this season is approximately $50,000. This is before factoring seasonal lodging costs in Lake Tahoe. We have set the Rally to raise about less than half of what we anticipate we will spend in total. Kailey's medical bills have exceeded $650,000+ to date.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
Any help is appreciated...even if it's just spreading the word. If you would like to contribute to Kailey's rally, please click the orange “Be a Booster” button located at the top right corner of this page and follow the instructions. There are a variety of monetary donation levels with swag back to those who donate in increasing levels. We are even offering a limited number of 5 night stays as guests in our Hawaii home for the high-end tier donations. That's an opportunity to stay in a three bedroom home situated on a private ocean front one acre lot complete with a mini half pipe and private sandy beach for about the same cost as a nice hotel room in Hawaii. Other options to help: we are looking for a home base at Northstar/Squaw Valley/Truckee to use as a ski lease for all or a portion of the season. If you have a condo, cabin, house, etc in the area that is otherwise unspoken for, please consider donating use of your property. Gear/swag donations to help support the Rally are always welcome. If you are interested in becoming an official corporate sponsor of Kailey or her siblings, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call (707)330-8244
*TAX DEDUCTIBLE OPTION
If you would prefer to make a tax-deductible donation in any amount to a non-profit organization, please make check or money order payable to:
Tahoe Select Snowboard Team
10595 Stuart Staithe
Truckee, CA 96161
Please put “RALLYME” in the Memo line or simply attach a note.
People ask us all the time how they can help. Please help spread the word by sharing Kailey's Rally with your friends and family Facebook, Twitter, blogging, email, etc! You can follow Kailey on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/KaileyBogart and the family on Instagram: @ http://instagram.com/instagr0ms. Although it's currently under construction, be sure to check out their new photo site http://onelove.smugmug.com/
Select Swag For Your Contribution
$1Personal thank you email for any support!!!
$50Personal thank you letter, signed photo and some cool stickers.
$150Awesome new green & black Dakine bag (31L bag) stuffed with some goodies.
$200LIMITED EDITION - Van's World Cup of Surfing 2013 Edition shoes with a Hawaiian Flag pattern Men's size 9
$250Hawaiian gift basket including local things to get you into that Aloha spirit such as Kona Coffee, Chocolates and a lei. :) Mahalo for your kind contribution.
$400One of Kailey's favorite things to do when she's not shredding is play the Ukelele. With a gift of $400, Kailey will send you a beautiful ukelele!
$500Ride with me for a day at Northstar, Heavenly or Boreal! When? Any day during the 2013/14 Snowboarding season I'm not travelling or competing!
$500Kelly Slater signed trucker hat and a personal thank you letter.
$2,500ALOHA! Enjoy a 5 night Hawaiian vacation (or give as a gift!) as guests in an Oceanfront 3bd/2ba home located on a private 1 acre estate on the beautiful island of Oahu. Close to Turtle Bay, famous North Shore beaches and the Polynesian Cultural Center. Private, pristine sandy beach and a halfpipe in your backyard...this is a perfect getaway from that snow. Prime surf season is happening right now! Need a 10+ night stay? Grab 2 packages before they're gone! Swag never looked this good. Dates of stay must be based on availability Jan 3rd-July 31st 2014. Get yours early to have the most date flexibility! Valid I.D. required.