William Walter Smithers
- St Helena, CA US
organizing my group for each swim lesson and making sure that they all passed each objective at the particular level they were at by the end of the week. Also, I had one student with special needs that I taught one on one for one weeks session
A Santa Clara University undergraduate student, William Walter Smithers has contributed to a number of community organizations over the years. He travelled to Empalme de Boaco, Nicaragua, on three occasions with Developing Communities, Inc. (DCI), and helped to build school facilities. William Walter Smithers also tutored children in math and distributed baseball equipment. In addition to education and economic development, DCI focuses on building leadership capacities in Nicaragua. Foundational to the organization’s philosophy is that power can be misused and that, with corruption rampant, people have become inured to the true costs of dictatorship. DCI strives to build transparency at all levels of society, as well as a leadership structure that enables positive steps to be taken. Leadership training includes hands-on programs and visits to foreign countries, which allow participants to generate know-how and momentum toward economic success. The Empalme de Boaco Baseball School is a vital part of the leadership program, as it helps decrease school dropout rates and encourages sports and academic achievement.
William Walter Smithers studied civil engineering at Bucknell University. He currently works with The CORE Group in San Jose, California, as an estimator. William Walter Smithers stays active by snowboarding, particularly at Alpine Meadows in Squaw Valley. Alpine Meadows provides visitors to Tahoe City, California, with an array of mountain services, beginning with 13 lifts that make travelling to the mountain’s 8,637-foot summit a breeze. In addition to a main lodge with a dining room and kid zone, Alpine Meadows provides adolescents with ski and snowboard lessons. Kid’s lessons can be taken privately or in larger groups, while adults can participate in more advanced adventure camps. The mountain, which receives about 450 inches of annual snowfall, offers skiers and snowboarders a range of difficulties when it comes to trails. A quarter of the mountain has been reserved for beginners and casual athletes, while about 35 percent of the trails require an advanced skill set. The rest of trails are graded as being moderately difficult.