Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Risk-taking girls have lots in common

Non-profit celebrates all women

Express Staff Writer

She jumper Lynsey Dyer shows off her ski moves.

There probably isn't a woman alive who couldn't use a little more inspiration in her life, and who best to fill the need than other women? Planning to someday unite risk-taking women around the world, is holding its first fundraising event at the Showbox Theater in Seattle, Wash., on Nov. 30, in the hope of launching a global effort to acknowledge women for the decisions they make and to become a certified non-profit.

Shejumps is an online community dedicated to acknowledging, inspiring and supporting women to reach their potential. Bringing together women through online profiles to share stories of achievements, Shejumps wants to acknowledge women who overcome difficulties and give back while pursuing their goals.

"It's a site that profiles women who are taking risks and following a different path," said co-founder Lynsey Dyer. "It's supposed to relate to all women."

Dyer and fellow athletes Vanessa Pierce and Claire Smallwood founded because they believe it is important for women to be acknowledged for their risks.

"Being the minority in the ski industry, I see so many women in everyday life who need recognition." Dyer said. "Ideally we want to be able to support women financially. It's growing and now the word is out. It's such a great time to be a female."

The Shejumps fundraiser is generously supported by the Skibacs NextGen, a group within the Boeing Employees Ski Club that focuses on professionals between the ages of 21 and 35 who love to ski and snowboard. In addition, the evening will include a screening of Teton Research Gravity's latest film, "Lost and Found," in which Dyer appears. All attendees will receive a free night lift ticket to Steven's Pass as well as the opportunity to win raffle prices from Rossignol skis to heli ski trips. The first 100 people will receive a Bula hat.

"I will be there, and we will have Q and A with the athletes after the screening," Dyer said. "And we will all be skiing at Steven's Pass the next day."

Tickets are $18 on line and $20 at the door. For more details on the Seattle Shejumps fundraiser visit and for more information on Shejumps and to share your risk-taking story visit

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