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What is Women's Ski Jumping USA?
Women’s Ski Jumping USA is the primary fundraising organization for the U.S. women's ski jumping program. In addition, the organization supports the team's development program coaching, travel, training, equipment, and the Fly Girls junior development program.
The top women ski jumpers in the U.S. are named each fall to the national team based upon performance criteria. WSJ-USA works in conjunction with the sport's National Governing Body, the U.S. Ski Team, to prepare the Team for national and international competitions.
What is the overall mission?
To support a successful and sustainable team and to grow participation in the U.S. women's ski jumping program by facilitating national development efforts that produce the best women ski jumpers in the world. WSJ-USA aims to remain an influential voice in advocating for gender equality in sport.
When did the organization form and why?
WSJ-USA is a 501c3 non-profit organization incorporated in 2003 in Park City, Utah. It was created to support the rising number of elite U.S. women ski jumpers who needed financial support and strong leadership to get them into the international fold and on sport's biggest stage, the Olympic Games.
Peter Jerome, an airline pilot and father to 10-time National Champion Jessica Jerome, bought a "Nonprofit For Dummies" book and recruited prominent community leaders to join the effort. More than 10 years later, WSJ-USA has proudly supported the Team to back-to-back Nations Cup victories in 2012 and 2013, and has fostered the careers of World Champions Lindsey Van and Sarah Hendrickson.
How is Women's Ski Jumping USA funded?
Support for WSJ-USA comes from corporate sponsors, private donations, fundraisers, and grants. Each summer, WSJ-USA hosts an annual gala in Park City, Utah. In 2013, the event raised $130,000 thanks to generous supporters and private donations.