About Eskimo Escapades
Shut Up and Ski
Eskimo Escapades Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) not for profit that conducts a winter water ski charity event in downtown Knoxville every January. Each year participants have to raise of minimum amount (which can vary) to water ski/tube/ride/foot or even ride a stool on a disc around a 1/2 mile lap on Ft. Loudon Lake at Volunteer Landing in a brand new tournament ski boat.
The boats are provided by Malibu and Great Wakes Boats in Lenoir City. We will have a limited number of wetsuits available provided by Ski/Scuba, and ski equipment provided by the Patricia Neal IRC. Each skier is free to bring and use their own equipment as well. After they ski, they can warm up in a hot tub provided by Aurora Pools, Spas and Billiards.
Each skier will get a free T-shirt which was designed by E.T. Graphics. Each skier will also get a lift pass for Ober Gatlinburg -- so they can snow ski after they water ski if they choose.
21 Great Years
After 20 years, we are still going strong and raising money for three great organizations.
2006 was the first year that BWXT Y-12 in Oak Ridge sponsored the whole event and in doing so was instrumental in bringing in a record $40,000.
Eskimo Escapades was formed by John Cox, David Bernheim, John Tillett, and Buddy Coomer and held its first event in 1995 at Ned Ray McWherter Park in Knoxville, TN on January 14, 1995.
2003 was extremely cold again, with a high temperature of 27 degrees, recovery from a 3 inch snow on Thursday evening, and only 82 skiers. Even with the cold, snow, and drop in skiers, the event still raised $23,000 for its two local charities.
After two great years, Eskimo Escapades moves to its present location at Volunteer Landing in downtown Knoxville, TN. That year the water temperature was a particularly chilly 37 degrees and the air temperature high was 28 degrees. It was painfully cold and there was a big drop in the number of skiers, but the event still did well.
The event continued to grow with a record 150 skiers in 2005.
We are a non-profit organization dedicated to fulfilling the special dreams of children ages 3-18 who are faced with life threatening or chronically debilitating illnesses in the East Tennessee area. A "dream come true" to a child can give back, in some small way, that which disease and illness have taken away.
Innovation is new and creative ways in which individuals with a disability are able to participate. Recreation is the medium that is used to enhance education and awareness of the participants. Cooperative is the group of individuals who support, nurture, and mentor using their expertise and talents to make the clinic a success.
The mission of the Adventure Amputee Camp is to encourage children with amputations or limb differences to stretch their potential and imagination, and explore all that is possible. Depending on the season, camp activities may include river rafting, high ropes, water skiing or snow skiing and snow boarding.