Tuesday, December 28, 2010

GoPro Video

I got a GoPro Hero as my Christmas gift, and I went riding yesterday. I took this opportunity to test out the helmet cam and here are the resulting video clips:

Video can be found here:

Well. What did you think? Not bad, eh?

I want to mention again that I still need to raise $228 dollars before Jan 2nd! Refer to previous blog for more information.  I hope some of you are able to help out!


Sunday, December 26, 2010

Fundraising Progress Update

OK! I've met my fundraising goal! whoooo-hooo! Thank you guys so much for your support! It feels amazing to have all of you behind me and cheering me on. I'm so amped to get started on my training. I'll be leaving for Colorado in 5 days.

I'll be going to Breckenridge and Copper for the most parts because they both have 22-footer half pipes.
Copper has an awesome indoor facility and training programs at Woodward, and..... unfortunately I didn't take that into my fundraising consideration. And now I need to raise an additional $228 before January 2nd. There are a couple of classes Woodward is offering that I think will be INCREDIBLY beneficial and will help boost my chances to win the gold tenfold:

The two classes are:

6:15-7:45pm Adult Snowflex & Trampoline – This class is for anyone over 18 years of age. Classes alternate between Trampolines and Snowflex each week working on air awareness, rotations and inverted/off-axis progressions.

4:15-5:45pm Snowboard/Ski Strength & Conditioning - This class is designed to train sport specific movements, i.e. movements that closely resemble those in snowboarding and skiing. These movements will train your body to move more efficiently and react more quickly while on snow. In addition, these movements will help to reduce the risk of injury by strengthening muscles, tendons and bones.

See website for additional information and overview:

The Snowflex and Trampoline classes will cost $129 dollars and the Strength and Conditioning class will cost $99 dollars. Both will be once a week for 8 sessions.

So for all of youse who didn't get the chance to help out, this is it! I know it's a bit of a last minute notice, but I need to raise an additional $228 dollars BEFORE Jan 2nd. These classes will help max out my abilities and be the best competitor I can be!

There are three different ways you can help out;

by snail mail- send a check in my name, Jennifer Berrigan, to my address to:
2661 Briar Cliff Dr.,
Highland, MI 48357

by snail mail- send a check to "us-2011 team" with my name, Jennifer Berrigan, in the memo to:
USA Deaf Sports Federation
PO Box 910338
Lexington, KY 40591


by paypal! my e-mail address is

Thanks you all for the support! Keep on being awesome!

Friday, December 17, 2010

Monday, December 13, 2010

This fundraiser is for our coaches!

My snowboard team coach, Matt Gustafson, is an amazing coach, but he wouldn't do us any good if the USA team can't fund his trip to Slovakia. Please help send my coach, along with all the other USA coaches, to Slovakia!

Monday, December 6, 2010

Slovakia, watch out now!

Whew! I'm exhausted from all the fundraising, but I'm all done! As of the moment, I've reached my fundraising goal of $3,500! Nice!! This money will help pay for the international airfare for Slovakia, room and boardings, team uniform, pre-competition trainings and lift tickets.

It doesn't mean I don't need more help, though. I'm still continuing to raise more money because there's a lot of other uses I'll need it for. I'll need it for domestic airfare to fly and meet my team at Dulles airport before flying out to Slovakia. Also, there's an awesome program at Woodward located at Copper in Colorado where they have an indoor facility with foam pits and trampolines. They also have special sessions where they have air bags and set it out on a jump so we can feel more comfortable trying new tricks and getting more air know. These sessions are pretty expensive, but it will definitely benefit me and increase the chance of me bringing home the gold.

The Deaflympics is so close, I can taste it!

better video quality here:

Friday, December 3, 2010

preview of what's in the stores at MSD's Craft Show tomorrow!

All this baked, homemade goodies and then some MORE!

And here's the flyer:

Come on out and show your support! 

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Slight Change in my Fundraising Goal- Additional Fundraiser Event

I just got an e-mail from my organization stating that since the international rates have gone up considerately, we will have to pay extra to pay for the domestic airfare to meet our team at Dulles Airport.

My fundraising goal has gone up from $3,500 to $3,800 to cover the additional expenses.

This means I'll be having yet another fundraiser coming up on December 4th! This time we'll be having a bake sale booth at MSD's (Michigan School for the Deaf) Craft Show! Parts of the proceeds will go to MSD's students and families who need a little help for the holidays.

IF you or anyone you know is willing to donate baked goods of any kind for this fundraiser, let me know! There's only so many items I can make at one time with these two hands and a single oven!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Bowling Fundraiser Update

The fundraiser came and went today, and all the hard work has definitely paid off.  It was definitely not easy doing it by myself, so it really helped to have some friends, family and PowerVRS to help mentor me along the way for this fundraiser. It warmed my heart to a melting point to see the people I care about show up and show their support. Definitely means a lot to me! You guys are awesome!

We had a lot of awesome stuff going on today; 50/50 raffles, silent auction with sick items up for grabs and drawings of gift certificates and Burton items. I love seeing people win stuff and just get stoked on it. Seeing their faces light up and stuff. I love it.

From this event, we were able to raise $1,726 dollars!

Awesome!! I'm really excited! I'm so close to my fundraising goal of $3,500!

Now, I'm scheming for a fundraiser on a much more mellow and smaller scale to help me reach the mark for good. Maybe a little fiesta of some sort? Hmmm.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Deaflympics Schedule for Snowboarding Event

I've had a lot of people asking me when EXACTLY is my event going to be during February.
I was able to pull this off of

I'll be in the halfpipe and boardercross event:

And apparently this is the training schedule before we actually compete:
It doesn't seem enough to me, but I'm pretty confident our coach, Matt, will make SURE we'll put in hours and hours of trainings everyday up until the day before!

And this here is the venue! The colored lines are the routes of shuttle buses that will take people to different areas of venues. Pretty much spread out from each other, so this should be interesting!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Post-Pasta Lunch Fundraiser Update

The Pasta Lunch Fundraiser this afternoon was super nice. We had a nice turn out. We had some amazing lunch, all completely homemade from scratch, thanks to Judy Vardon and Jakki. Sean Forbes gave us a couple of performances, and then everyone enjoyed winning some money from the 50/50 raffle as well as 31 and 500 card games.

We were able to raise almost $720 dollars! Awesome! That gets me closer to reaching my goal of raising $3,500!

Thanks for the ongoing support, and I am even more UBER excited about next week Sunday's bowling fundraiser. The news about the fundraiser is spreading like wildfire here in Michigan.

It's going to be OFF the chains!

Check it out and, I'll see you guys there!


Thursday, October 28, 2010

First Vlog!

A vlog signed in ASL summarizing  the purpose of

and the link to the video on youtube:

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

TWO Fundraiser Events!

Hi guys!
I'm very pleased to announce that I have awesome support from local deaf community here in Michigan. I have two fundraising events set up in the month of November.

One is a bowling fundraiser sponsored by PowerVRS, which is a deaf-owned local VRS business. You can see the flyer in the previous post. It'll be on November 21st, on a Sunday, starting at 1 PM! $25 dollars will include: rental shoes, two games, two slices of pizza, soda. There will be 50/50 raffles and prizes as well. This will be at:
Collier Lanes
879 S Lapeer Rd
Oxford, MI

The second one is a pasta lunch sponsored by St. John's Deaf Center. It'll be on November 13th, on a Saturday, from Noon until 5pm. $20 dollars will include: Italian casserole, hot lunch, salad, dessert, drinks, card games and 50/50 raffles. This will be at:

14057 E 9 Mile Rd
Warren, MI 48089

If you are unable to participate in the fundraising events, but will love to help out, you can make a donation online by going to my facebook wall and clicking on the "Fundrazr" application!

Much love!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Fundraising Progress

Hey guys! I just received my fundraising progress report, and so far I've raised $320 dollars. You guys are AWESOME, and I'm just elated to be making progress with turning my dreams into a reality. Keep the support coming!

As a treat, I'll update a video clip of me snowboarding:

For those of you are interested in helping make my dream turn into a reality by making a donation, you can send in a check (see first blog post for instructions). If you have paypal, you can make donations online!

Instructions on making donations online with paypal:
"Go to the main USA Deaflympics website at, you will see a donate button on the right side. All donors should click on the button, enter PayPal, and type in their donation amount, then login PayPal and click on “add special instructions to seller” to identify who the donation is earmarked for. (ME! Jennifer Berrigan!)"

Thanks y'all for the love <3

Thursday, October 14, 2010

First Post!

Welcome to Jenny Berrigan's blog!

Here I will be posting my progress as a snowboarding member of the USA Winter Deaflympics Team for 2011. Deaflympics 2011 which will be hosted at Slovakia.When winter comes, I will be sharing photos and videos of my training and of the competition as well.

Right now, I'm in the progress of raising money to be able to go and compete on an international scale against other deaf snowboarders. I'm in the middle of planning a couple of fundraising events to be held in Michigan.

I'll be keeping you all posted on this! If you are interested in helping me out in making my dream a reality, you can send in your donation. Your check may be made payable to "2011 - US Team" and send your check to:

USA Deaf Sports Federation
PO Box 910338
Lexington, KY 40591-03338

Please make an indication in the memo field of the check that the donation is for Jennifer Berrigan.

Here are the websites to help keep you afloat in the progress of the Winter Deaflympics!:

More blogs to come later!