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Jallen selected to Paralympic Ski team

Wyoming Area student one of seven American women selected

Stephanie Jallen of Harding was selected to the National Paralympic Alpine Ski Team. She is seen above in action at a past event, and inset in the upper right.

Fifteen-year old Stephanie Jallen of Harding has been named one of seven female athletes nationwide to the National Paralympics Alpine Ski Team by Kevin Jardine, Director of the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) High Performance, Paralympic Alpine Skiing. The National Paralympics Alpine Ski Team is a division of the USOC.

Stephanie, a sophomore honor student at Wyoming Area High School, has been active in various alpine skiing events over the past seven-years, attaining international rankings in both slalom and giant slalom.

“This is a great honor,” Stephanie commented, “and a huge step towards my goal of qualifying to represent the United States in the International Paralympics in Sochi, Russia, in 2014. I am extremely grateful to so many wonderful people who have helped me along the way.”

“I’m very proud of Stephanie,” said Deb Jallen, Stephanie’s mom. “Her dedication and commitment have been remarkable. She maintains an extremely rigorous physical training regimen all year round under the direction of physical trainer, Ernie Baul at Danko’s All American Fitness Center, Plains.”

Stephanie travels by herself to venues in Colorado, Montana, Oregon, Utah, Alaska, Austria, etc. to compete against some of the world’s top athletes. While traveling, she attends to her high school class work to maintain honor role status. “Quite an accomplishment for a 15-year old young lady,” Deb added.

“This new phase in Stephanie’s career brings with it major financial challenges,” continued Deb. “She will now be participating in worldwide competitions and the USOC provides minimal financial assistance, which helps; but Stephanie still faces expenses that far exceed money provided.”

So far, a few valued friends have worked long hours throughout the years struggling to raisemoney through a variety of fund raising activities. To date, this group of dedicated people has received assistance from a select number of supporters. However, the need for financial aid has now been magnified with Stephanie’s selection to the National Team.

“It is our earnest hope that this honor that has been afforded to Stephanie will encourage the northeastern Pennsylvania community, both corporate and individual, to lend financial support to her efforts,” Deb said. “She will need first-class equipment to compete in a level playing field against the world’s top athletes, and air travel expenses are huge, just to name a couple of expense categories.”

A fund has been established to help Stephanie in her quest. The Jallens are hoping the community will rally behind Stephanie by sending tax-deductible donations to SJPF, Inc., c/o Cross Valley Federal Credit Union, PO Box 597, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18703. For further information or to make a donation via PayPal, please go tohttp://stephaniejallen.org/. SJPF, Inc. is non-profit 501(c)(3) status.

“Wouldn’t it be wonderful to see Stephanie standing on the podium in Russia in 2014,” concluded Deb, “with the United States’ National Anthem playing in the background?”

U.S. Paralympics, a division of the U.S. Olympic Committee, is dedicated to becoming the world leader in the Paralympic sports movement and promoting excellence in the lives of people with physical disabilities.

Since its formation in 2001, U.S. Paralympics has been inspiring Americans to achieve their dreams.

Through education, sports programs and partnerships with community organizations, medical facilities and government agencies, U.S. Paralympics is making a difference in the lives of thousands of people with physical and visual disabilities every day.

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