2022 Kevin Burnham Memorial Grants

Published on January 25th, 2023

The US Sailing Foundation awarded the inaugural Kevin Burnham Memorial Grants, established to honor Athens 2004 Olympic Gold Medalist Burnham, to Charles Hibben of Barnstable, MA; Ian Nyenhuis of San Diego, CA; and Thomas Sitzmann of Severna Park, MD.

The grants assist young sailors not yet on the US Sailing Team as they begin their quest to the Olympic Games. The grants are awarded to sailors aged 31 and under who demonstrate outstanding competitive sailing potential, display an infectious enthusiasm, and compete in two-person Olympic class or Olympic Development class trapeze boats.

Both Sitzmann and Nyenhuis raced in the 49erFX regatta in Miami, having transitioned from the I-420 and 29er. They both represented the US at the Youth Worlds in Oman in 2020 while Nyenhuis also represented the US in the Youth Worlds in 2021 Holland.

Hibben had a successful youth career, winning C420 New Englands, U18 Team Race Worlds, and qualified for 2018 Youth Worlds. After youth sailing, Charlie has raced on world championship keelboat teams, as well as winning a 49erFX North American Championship.

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“It is great to see Kevin’s legacy of athlete development in 2-person trapeze boats come to life with these grants to both Olympic Development Program and campaigning sailors,” said Fred Hagedorn, a member of the Grant Selection Committee.

The Kevin Burnham Memorial Fund was established in 2022 under the umbrella of the US Sailing Foundation by Kevin’s wife, Elizabeth Kratzig, his children Edward and Kyla Burnham, and his lifelong friend Steve Benjamin to carry on Kevin’s memory and mission. The family also hopes the Fund will grow large enough to endow a US Sailing coaching position in Kevin’s name.

For more information: http://www.ussailing.org/about/ussf/

Source: US Sailing

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