“Clay Soper was a ski racer who loved the sport, made amazing connections wherever he went, and helped show people how to be the very best versions of themselves. He died tragically in 2015, and we hold this race to celebrate all of these things in his memory.”
— Todd Harris - BBTS U19 Weekend Coach
CLAY SOPER MEMORIAL WEEKEND CHAMPIONSHIP
JANUARY Sun 19TH & Mon 20TH !
Clay Soper 1995 - 2015
Clay Soper was born and raised in
Winchester, MA. At the time of his
death, Clay was a rising sophomore
at the University of Denver in
Colorado and was a proud member
of the Sigma Chi Fraternity. He loved
people, tall mountains, deep snow
and first tracks.
In the early morning hours of
July 18th, 2015 our world changed.
We were awakened by a call from
our son's friend telling us that Clay
was being taken to the hospital.
That night Clay accidentally died from mixing prescription drugs with alcohol. We never thought he would die that night. We never thought this could happen to our son or our family.
When something like this happens you realize you have two options;
- To get small and hide behind the circumstances of your child's death;
- To share your story in the hope that maybe we could make a difference
in Clay's memory.
Clay was a special person. He touched more lives in his 19 years than most people do in an entire lifetime. He should't have died....not this way. Nothing was out of the ordinary that night. That night he and his friends did what is unfortunately, not uncommon in party culture today. Neither Clay, or his friends, had substance abuse issues or addiction problems - they were typical college students doing what is common in their current party culture. They
had no idea that combining prescription drugs with alcohol could kill them
or their friend.
The Clay Soper Memorial Fund is our way to honor Clay's life and hopefully make a difference. Maybe things would be different......If They Had Known.