Winter Water Ski Show to Benefit American Family Children's Hospital

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MADISON - How crazy - and dedicated - do you have to be to water-ski in Wisconsin in December?


Ask the Mad City Water Ski Team, which is teaming with Skipper Buds to brave the ice-cold waters of Lake Monona Saturday to support American Family Children's Hospital.


The ski team will hold a water ski show off John Nolen Drive near the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center. Events begin at noon with the water show starting at 1pm.

Mark Sanderfoot, a decision support manager for UW Health and long-time participant on the Mad City Water Ski Team, will be involved in the show entitled "Project Snowflake."


"American Family Children's Hospital is a world-class facility located in our home town," he says. "We are very fortunate to have its level of care for our children so close to home."


"Let's face it: with the holiday season, it's always about the kids," says Mike Nowicki, a salesperson at Skipper Buds and fellow ski team member.


The show will include 20 ski team members who will perform a variety of maneuvers and stunts including pyramids, swivel skiing, ballet skiing, wakeboarding, and barefoot skiing going forward and backwards.


"We think many of the conditions the boat drivers and skiers will face will be the same in the winter as they are in the summer," says Sanderfoot. "The temperature will be the biggest factor and will play a part in how many people will be in each act and how many acts the individual skiers will be able to ski in."


Sanderfoot says performers will wear dry suits and ski gloves to protect themselves from the cold.


"The dry suits have seals around the neck, wrists and ankles to keep the water out," he says.


Nowicki offers this explanation on why the show is being called "Project Snowflake."


"We know every child is different in their needs and personality, just like every snowflake is different in structure," he says. "We believe it fits great with the kids, not to mention the 16-plus inches of snowflakes we have on the ground right now!"


Spectators will also have the chance to take a water ski run for $35. Other activities include a silent auction on prizes donated from local merchants and T-shirt sales.

Date Published: 12/16/2008

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