The Speedy Foundation is dedicated to preventing suicide through education and outreach.
The Speedy Foundation is dedicated to preventing suicide through education and outreach in the athletic community. The Foundation was created to help eliminate the stigma of depression and anxiety in young athletes by increasing awareness, opening discussions and creating a safe community that supports them with these challenges.
The Speedy Foundation’s purpose is saving lives. The Foundation will serve as a bridge to young athletes who may be in crisis or know someone who is. The Foundation will help educate and offer resources to coaches, families and peers. The foundation will engage with advocacy groups to increase awareness about mental illness and suicide prevention. We will help to develop an actively engaged, “present” community to aid our youth and support systems in preventing suicide
The Speedy Foundation's major fundraiser is our annual Hurricane for HOPE event in Park City, UT each summer. A portion of the proceeds from that event are donated to Idaho’s Suicide Prevention Hotline. Throughout the year, The Speedy Foundation also participates in Live PC, Give PC; Love UT, Give UT; and Idaho Gives. These fundraisers help support our ability to make additional contributions and participate in community outreach events. Since Idaho Gives 2013, thanks to your generous financial support, The Speedy Foundation has given back to Idaho:
- Donated $4,000 to Idaho's Suicide Prevention Hotline
- Participated in the first round of Mental Health First Aid training in Idaho, with plans to financially assist in extending this training to other Idahoans as trainers become certified and begin offering local trainings. Video: St. Luke's Offers Mental Health Training
- Set up community outreach booths at the following events:
- All Veterans Welcome Home
- KTSY's Parktacular 2013
- 2013 Nampa Block Party (Grace Bible Church)
- Boise Community Walk to Stop Diabetes
- Stand-Up Idaho
- Tribute to Teens
- Walk a Mile in My Shoes
- The Truth Event
- Run as One, Team Red White and Blue
- Know Mental Health: No Stigma Mental Health Awareness Fun Run/Walk
A three-time Olympian, Jeret “Speedy” Peterson grew up in Boise, ID, skiing at nearby Bogus Basin, later moving to Park City, to train with the U.S. Ski Team. As an athlete, he was successful at the highest level of his sport, winning an Olympic silver medal at Vancouver in 2010 and capturing the hearts of fans worldwide with his trademark quintuple twisting triple flip, “The Hurricane.”
While a loving, caring outgoing young man, Jeret also battled depression and took his life in July, 2011 at the age of 29. In the Fall of 2011, in the spirit of Jeret’s own passion of giving to others, The Speedy Foundation was developed by his family and friends.
The Foundation has successfully raised funds to help establish a dedicated suicide hotline in Idaho, and has an ongoing commitment to fund the hotline. We have also established scholarships which will allow youth the opportunity to participate in winter sports. Additionally, we have trained Mental Health First Aid Instructors and will be teaching this important course to coaches, trainers and other centers of influence in athlete's lives to promote education and awareness amongst the athlete community.
Park City, Jeret's home while pursuing his athletic dreams, is a sports centric community. The Foundation strives to be a resource in this and the Global Community by promoting awareness, education and research to athletes at all levels, from developing children to elite level athletes and the post-career athletes. We are a volunteer-based organization so all proceeds will go directly to the cause.
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