The Inn at Riverwalk is proud to support local organizations with goals and missions we can stand behind. Each of our partners seeks to benefit our local Vail Valley through cultural and social enrichment.
Save the Ball: Soccer for Africa
The Inn at Riverwalk is proud to sponsor the first annual Negus Kloehn 3v3 Memorial Soccer Tournament in the Vail Valley this summer July 17th and 18th. To reserve a discounted room rate for tournament participants, CLICK HERE.
About the tournament: 3v3 teams from age group U8 to adult are open for play. Teams can be 3 players up to 8 for rotation. We are encouraging teams from across the country!! To sign up for the tournament please sign up HERE
All proceeds will go to Negus Kloehn’s non-profit, Save the Ball – Soccer For Africa, Inc. A 501c3 non-profit organization.
About Negus Kloehn: Negus Kloehn died on April 28, 2020 due to complications from Epilepsy. He was a gifted athlete and loved soccer tremendously. Negus and his sister Elilta were adopted at a young age from Gambella, Ethiopia. They came from a very humble background, and one of the things they found pure joy in was soccer. It was in Gambella that Negus started learning how to pass, score, trap, etc. all the while developing his exceptional footwork. The children in Ethiopia made balls out of plastic bags and string since they lacked real soccer balls. They also did not have soccer nets and they marked boundaries with stones. They didn’t allow the lack of resources to stop them.People would watch Negus on the field and say he was the next Pele!
Negus’ dream early on was to become a professional soccer player and provide nets to children of Africa. He thought that by providing nets, children would have more time to play rather than chase balls. Even two weeks before he died, he was having a conversation with his mom. She had said “ Negus, you are so great at so many sports and so funny and kind, I really wonder what you will do with your life!” Negus responded, “I told you my plan, the nets for children of Africa!”
Roundup River Ranch
Roundup River Ranch provides free, year-round programs and camp experiences to all children with serious Illnesses and their families from the extended Rocky Mountain region. Our campers experience the true joys of childhood through old-fashioned camp fun as they make friends, try new activities and simply be happy, worry-free kids. Parents have the peace of mind of knowing that our camp is a respectful, safety-conscious, medically-supported place, staffed by incredible employees, volunteers and renowned medical professionals. We also offer a welcoming place for the entire family to join in the fun and live in the happiness of the moment. Roundup River Ranch is a positive, long-lasting, life-enhancing experience for campers, their families, volunteers, staff, and the community. Through camp programs, we help children and families create a world of possibilities.
A message from the team at Roundup River Ranch:
"Roundup River Ranch is honored to partner with the Inn at Riverwalk to provide our camper families with hotel accommodations throughout the year for a variety of events and other functions. Like camp, the Inn at Riverwalk provides our families with respite care. Families are welcomed with love and empathy as they relish the unique chance to escape the stress of their child’s medical condition. After staying at the Inn at Riverwalk one of our camper parents shared how much they needed the “vacation” and how they don’t often get to indulge in experiences such as staying at hotels due to the ever increasing costs of medical care. Because of the room that was donated this family not only got to take a break from being a “patient” but also got to enjoy some quality family time in the mountains. This family and the countless other who have been supported by the Inn at Riverwalk are forever grateful for this priceless experience."
"Foresight Ski Guides is dedicated to making snow sports accessible and affordable for blind and visually impaired children and adults. Each ski season Foresight brings dozens of blind or visually impaired (VIPs) school-aged children from the Colorado School for the Blind and Front Range school districts to Vail for two-days of skiing or snowboarding. For many of these children participation in snow sports is something they can only dream of. Foresight makes that dream a reality by arranging their roundtrip transportation, providing equipment rentals, lift tickets, professional instruction through Vail’s Adaptive Ski School, lodging and lunch. Foresight couldn’t make these dreams come true without the support of partners like Inn at Riverwalk.
Part of Foresight’s purpose is to promote fitness, athletic skills and personal achievement for their VIPs but there is so much more. Experiencing the rush of zipping down a ski slope, feeling the chill of the brisk air against their cheeks and embracing the freedom felt while gliding down a hill promotes self-confidence and self-esteem that makes these VIPs feel that they can accomplish anything in life.
Our heartfelt thanks to Inn at Riverwalk for their support so our blind and visually impaired participants can come to Vail and thrive through challenge recreation snow sports."
The VPAC is a long-time community staple located in Beaver Creek Village. It brings world-class music, dance, and drama to the Vail Valley, giving locals and visitors alike the chance to experience world-class performances in an intimate setting. The VPAC is an integral part of our cultural community.
We are an enthusiastic supporter of the Vail Valley Walk to End Alzheimer's! Alzheimer’s is the 6th leading cause of death in the United Statesand it is the only top 10 cause of death in the United States that cannot be prevented, cured or even slowed. There are over 5 million Americans living with Alzheimer's today and this number is expected to skyrocket to 14 million by 2050 - it is a true public health epidemic and there is an urgent need for support. You can help by registering to walk or donating today at ALZ.org/walk.