CHARITYSMITH is proud to present a skiing scholarship in memory of a coach and friend. Duke Peterson was a hardworking, genuine, and determined person. He exuded confidence and he was noteworthy for inspiring others to present their best. Duke was an athlete, a coach, a business owner, and most importantly, a husband and father of four. He touched more lives than we can count, inspired more kids than we realize, and worked harder than most of us understand. In the summer of 2001, while coaching his son's little league game, Duke Peterson suffered a heart attack and died, a result of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Duke was 33 years old. The following year, at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, a small group of friends got together and discussed the figure that Duke Peterson was to so many... incredible and genuine and inspiring. It was decided to create a scholarship in Duke's memory. In October of 2002, the first annual recipient of the Duke Peterson Memorial Freestyle Fund was selected and received a financial award to assist with the expenses of the 2003 competitive ski season. Since then, one athlete each season has received this award and pushed toward the dream of the US Freestyle Ski Team and Olympic Gold.