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South Bronx native helps kids get to the slopes

VERNON, N.J. — Growing up in the South Bronx, Schone Malliet loved to play basketball. Little did he know it was skiing that would lead to an opportunity for him to give back to his community.

Since 2014, the former Marine and Pepperdine University graduate has helped thousands of inner-city kids stay active and try winter sports for the first time thanks to his National Winter Activities Center in Vernon, New Jersey.

Kids ages 6-18 enjoy six sessions of skiing, snowboarding and cross country with all equipment and meals included. The price is $450 per student but families pay what they can afford, with partnering organizations and foundations picking up the rest.

The season runs through the end of March.