Our mission:


To further the growth and development of the nation’s best athletes by helping them realize their athletic goals and dreams through career management, mentorship and financial support.


Deep in the soul of every athlete is a kid who fell in love with their favorite sport. A love so deep that every minute, of every day, of every season, consumed them until their dreams became a reality.  

More than just another non-profit organization, we consider ourselves enablers of dreams.  We started World Cup Dreams because we believe Athletes should be laser-focused on their careers, not fixated on financing them.


We are by the athlete and for the athlete.  

For every dollar raised more than 90% goes back to the athletes. There's no big office, no fancy cars, no big salaries, and no unnecessary overhead. Just a band of brothers and sisters who want the best for the next generation of dreamers. 

Founded by American Downhiller Bryon Friedman and Giant Slalom specialist Erik Schlopy. World Cup Dreams raised over $1,000,0000 funding dreamers of all ages and disciplines from Olympians, to Junior National Champions.

World Cup Dreams Foundation (WCDF) and T2 Foundation have worked in parallel for more than a decade supporting elite ski racers who require additional funding not fully provided by the national federation. The organizations have operated separately and independently, often receiving requests and providing support to the same athletes who applied to both organizations. Now the two organizations will merge together as one, serving the race community as World Cup Dreams Foundation under the leadership of new executive director Tommy Biesemeyer.

Tommy Biesemeyer

Executive Director



"During my 12 year career with the US Ski Team, injuries became an annual experience resulting in 13 operations over the course of my professional ski career. Even though this sounds like a story of perseverance and determination, the one we all like to root for, but what is often overlooked is the financial burden that is associated with season-ending injuries. This is the reality of our sport and WCDF is going to alleviate those hurdles so athletes like myself can keep their dreams alive!"


marina knight

Chief Communications Officer & Director of Fundraising 



Having served the T2 Foundation as Director since its founding in 2008, Marina joins World Cup Dreams as Director of Communications and Marketing. She is also stepping into the lead of Fundraising for the newly merged organizations. After graduating from Williams College, where she ski raced, Marina worked as a news reporter and Web Editor for the Stowe Reporter. At that post she covered both the 2006 and 2010 Winter Olympic Games. Having forged the brand of T2, she brings a wealth of knowledge and enthusiasm from a life-long love of sport to the World Cup Dreams team. Marina lives in Park City, UT with her two school-aged sons. 


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andrew rusis

Data Analysis and Communications Intern



Andrew joined the World Cup Dreams Foundation in May of 2021 as an intern focused on data analysis, communications, and anything else that needs to get done. Andrew grew up ski racing at Windham Mountain and Proctor Academy and now is a member of the Boston College Men’s Alpine Ski Team. Andrew has seen first-hand how friends, teammates, and the best US racers have benefited from the work of the Foundation. He is psyched to be able to help the WCDF while also training and skiing this summer.


We are just a band of brothers and sisters who want the best for the next generation of dreamers.


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