NOTE: The Fair is sending this news release on behalf of the Highlight Pro Skydiving Team. Team members are available for interviews by calling Nancy Koreen at the number at the end of the release.
All-Female Highlight Pro Skydiving Team to Jump into New York State Fair in Honor of Women’s Day
Professional women skydivers to descend on New York State Fair August 25!
SYRACUSE, NY (Aug. 18 , 2021) – On Wednesday, August 25, at 12 p.m. EST, the Highlight Pro Skydiving Team, an elite all-female skydiving crew on a mission to amplify women’s initiatives, will perform a spectacular aerial display into the New York State Fairgrounds to celebrate Women’s Day and fulfill their core mission of inspiring women and girls to live bold, brave lives of their own design.
The aerial performance will feature nine Highlight skydivers jumping one after another from an aircraft 5,000 feet above the fairgrounds. Traveling at speeds upwards of 100 mph, the women will soar through the Syracuse sky, open their parachutes and unfurl a grand display of colorful streamers, giant flags and majestic smoke, culminating with dramatic landings onto the fairgrounds in front of thousands of spectators.
Later in the day, team members will greet fairgoers at Chevy Park and Chevy Court concerts and will be available to talk to fairgoers at the booth of Fidelis Care, outside the Art & Home Center, from 4 – 6 p.m.
“Highlighting Women’s Day is so important,” said Melanie Curtis, professional skydiver and co-founder of the Highlight Pro Skydiving Team. “As we work toward equality and inclusion in all lanes, we want to lead by example, showing women and girls what is possible when you open your mind and allow yourself to both dream big and take bold, brave action. We hope to spark new ideas and inspiration in the hearts and minds of everyone watching such that they take it and use it in their own lives, toward their own goals. We are thrilled to partner with the New York State Fair and are grateful for their generous inclusion of us in so much of their programming.”
Fair Director Troy Waffner said, “We are very excited to have these top-notch professionals here. From the moment we began talking with them, we knew this was going to be something special. What they do is definitely dramatic and eye-catching, but it is also difficult and requires many high-level skills. It is an opportunity for women of all ages to learn from women who are achieving great things. We’re honored to have them with us this year.”
The Highlight Pro Skydiving Team, comprised of 12 women with an average of 20 years in the sport each and a combined 200,000 jumps among them, formed with the goal to jump across America in 2020 inspired by the tenacious change-agents of the women’s suffrage movement. Three of the nine skydivers jumping into the Fair are native New Yorkers, Melanie Curtis, Amy Chmelecki and Kaz Sheekey.
The Highlight Pro Skydiving Team, named for using their high-flying talents to highlight and amplify important messages, is an all-female team of 12 highly skilled skydivers co-founded by professional skydivers Melanie Curtis and Amy Chmelecki. All team members hold the United States Parachute Association (USPA) PRO Rating, meaning they can safely fly and land in challenging areas and in close proximity to spectators. The Highlight team mission is to inspire all women and girls to live bold, brave lives of their own design in skydiving and beyond. The inspiration for the team began after learning about the tenacious women who led the women’s suffrage movement 100 years ago that secured women’s right to vote in America. In 2020, the team performed a series of monumental jumps celebrating the 19th Amendment centennial across America, including a jump in New York City to kick off the celebration across the nation. In 2021, Highlight is focusing on elevating women in sports through partnerships with Athletes Unlimited, NCAA, National Women’s Soccer League teams and other organizations that champion equality in all forms.
Nancy Koreen, Highlight Pro Skydiving Team, firstname.lastname@example.org, 703-309-2415