Onyx Ski and Sports Club of Tampa Bay, Inc. was founded on January 30, 1997 as a development club of the National Brotherhood of Skiers (NBS). Joyce Hogue and Erni Moore are recognized as the club co-founders. Onyx became an official club of the NBS on May 20, 2000. Additionally, in order to better serve our members, Onyx was officially accepted as a member club of the Florida Ski Council on May 31, 2008. The club’s 1st official ski trip was the NBS AMCC in February 1998 in Sun Valley, Idaho.
The club’s mission is to introduce minority adults and particularly minority children to winter sports. Onyx hosts an annual Golf Tournament fund raiser to help fund various winter sports activities for underprivileged and academically accomplished youth of Hillsborough, Pinellas, Polk, Pasco, and other bay area counties. The golf tournament was started in 1997.
On November 11, 2006, club member Ray Campbell became the 1st club member to serve on the NBS Board of Directors by being elected as an Eastern Region Director. On November 8, 2014, Ray became the 1st club member to be elected as Eastern Region Vice President.
In March 2014, Onyx was recognized as the club with the most participants (35) at Youth Fest 2014 at Pat’s Peak in Henniker, NH.
Onyx has hosted two (2) Eastern Region Presidents’ meetings – November 2004 and November 2010.
PAST CLUB PRESIDENTS:
Joyce Hogue, 1997-2001
Quatressa Triplett, 2001-2002
Geoge Banks, 2002-2006
Ray Campbell, 2006-2010
Willie Felton, Jr., 2010-Present
NBS Mission: To identify, develop and support athletes of color who will win Olympic and international winter sports competitions representing the United States