The goal of Operation Smile is to, well, bring a smile the face of children around the world.
The international children's medial charity gathered for a fundraiser at The Canyons Resort this weekend. The inaugural event includes a downhill ski challenge at 10 a.m. today at the Park City resort.
The public is invited to watch the races along the Sunrise trail with the finish line near Canyons Resort Village.
Teams of six will compete in an effort to raise funds. The group helps children with cleft palate and other facial challenges.
Entertainers who are set to participate include Katherine Heigl, Lucy Hale, Ty Burrell, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Josh Kelley, Kate Walsh, Chris Case, Billy Bush, Naya Rivera, Lisa Kudrow, Scott Wolf, and Jennifer Salke.
Olympians who will also ski are Bill Demong, Fuzz Feddersen, Kaylin Richardson, Derek Parra, Erik Schlopy, Holly Flanders and Tracy Evans.
Getting the word out
Former athletes are in high demand around the state.
Former NBA All-Star A.C. Green was a keynote speaker this week at the Principle-Centered Leadership Conference at Utah State. Other speakers included Real Salt Lake owner David Checketts as well as Steven R. Covey.
This Wednesday, former NFL star Vai Sikahema will address the Latter-day Saints Student Association at Weber State at the Ogden LDS Institute. Sunday, current St. Louis Rams linebacker Bryan Kehl will speak at an Young Adult Fireside at the same location.
On April 11, ESPN/ABC sports announcer Todd Harris will speak at the LDSSA weekly gathering.
A rebuilding year?
The Dee Glen Smith Center has seen a bunch of Utah football stars come and go through the years, but coach Kyle Whittingham and Utah faithful weren't too nostalgic as the football practice facility was demolished on Tuesday in Salt Lake City.
The old football center will be replaced by a new $30 million facility, scheduled to open in time for the 2013 season.
While Reggie Miller and Don Nelson look like they'll be announced as 2012 inductees to the Pro Basketball Hall of Fame, several reports indicate former Weber State coaching legend Dick Motta did not get the necessary votes. ...
Former Jazz guard Wesley Matthews is the recipient of the Kia Community Assist Award for February in recognition of his efforts in the Portland community. ...
Planet Fitness gyms around the state -- including the center in Ogden -- will continue their spring promotion to raise money for The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. In the past two years, Planet Fitness gyms nationwide have donated $592,522 to the foundation. ...
The Wilderness Circuit -- which includes 11 Utahns -- has the early team lead at the Ram National Circuit Finals Rodeo this week in Oklahoma City.
The group is led by Hooper's Colby Siddoway (team roping), along with Jesse Wright (saddle bronc), Cody Wright (saddle bronc), Tom Lewis (steer wrestling), Travis Atkinson (bull riding), Kaycee Feild (bareback), Derick Fleming (team roping), Rhen Richard (team roping), Kaden Richard (team roping), Nancy Hunter (barrel racing), and Dustin Larsen (bull riding).
Chris J. Miller is sports editor for the Standard-Examiner. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.