SheJumps initiates 20 Utah area youth into the skiing tribe this month

Posted By: Zeke Piestrup on March 4, 2010 6:30 pm

ALTA, Utah—SheJumps, a 501c3 nonprofit based in Salt Lake City, is excited to launch its second season of (S)heJumps Into the Canyon: Empowering SLC Teens in the Wasatch. SheJumps is working with Salt Lake City Boys & Girls Clubs to teach 20-plus teens—who wouldn’t have a chance otherwise—how to ski in four weekends this March. The program goal is to introduce them to a long-term relationship with skiing as a healthy lifestyle. With help from SheJumps’ network of athletes such as big-mountain skiers Lynsey Dyer, Rachael Burks, Claire Smallwood, 2009 Ski Jumping World Champion and freeskier Lindsey Van, and PSIA ski instructor Vanessa Pierce, among many others, the teens will be gaining the best possible knowledge about skiing, safety on the slopes, skiing as a career, and much much more.
 
An added benefit of the four-daylong camps at Alta Ski Area is to offer the SheJumps “network of athletes” a chance to give back to their community and give the kids “heroes” to look up to. Last year, SheJumps brought ski magazines for the kids to look through. “No way,” said Toria O’Hearn, 16, after seeing a profile of her coach Rachael Burks in Powder magazine. “That is so awesome!”
 
Although the mission of SheJumps is to increase participation of women in outdoor sports through mentorship and coaching from female outdoor athletes, the Utah-registered nonprofit is tailoring this program to also serve male teens. In memory or dear friend Billy Poole, SheJumps has teamed up with the Billy Poole Ski Foundation to once again offer skiing to males. The goal is to bring the joys of skiing to all teens and help them find their passion for skiing in their nearby mountains. Starting on March 7, 2010, (S)heJumps Into the Canyon has four consecutive Sunday sessions, the last of which will be on March 28. These events draw from the tenants of both SheJumps and the Billy Poole Ski Foundation to “help kids learn to find their passion and achieve their dreams through exposure to the natural beauty of nature and the mountains.”
 
(S)heJumps into the Canyon is generously sponsored by Alta Ski Area, Rossignol, Alta Ski Shop, Deep Powder House, and the Billy Poole Ski Foundation. For more information, please contact SheJumps Executive Director Claire Smallwood (claire@shejumps.org) or visit www.shejumps.org.

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