Caitlin Penzey-Moog
The Giving Season

Extreme Moms

By - Nov 16th, 2010 04:00 am
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Extreme Moms founder Sarah Minella. Photo courtesy

Sometimes, in order to really make an impact, you have to be a little…extreme. An ever-growing group of local women is scaling buildings and jumping out of planes to have just such an impact.

Extreme Moms was founded by Milwaukeean Sarah Minella as a two-pronged effort to benefit local and regional charities and to also break down gender stereotypes in the hopes of inspiring future generations. The group’s mission statement says it best:

“Extreme Moms is dedicated to inspiring moms to live to their highest potential. We believe that a strong, healthy, vital mom creates children that set goals and surpass them.”

“We want to have an influence on the community, and because moms influence children, that is the greater community for us,” says Minella.“ We want to challenge ourselves mentally, physically and spiritually, and we do that through extreme events.”

Through these events, the Moms confront “traditional” gender roles and show their children that they can be inspired by their mothers as well as their fathers.

“A lot of times, the kids look up to [their] dads and want to be like them,” says Minella. “They think, ‘my dad’s a firefighter,’ or  ‘my dad’s a cop.’  But we’re trying to switch up those stereotypes, especially when it comes to gender.”

More than just affecting their own lives and families, the women involved with Extreme Moms work to give back to their respective communities and charitable causes. The group is in the process of attaining 501(c)3 status, but in the meantime, Extreme Moms is acting as a private foundation to raise money for other non-profits.

At their first event, “Over the Edge,” the Moms repelled 20 stories down the Downtown Hilton and helped raise $35,000 for the Special Olympics.

Extreme Moms tooks the sky with Skydive Milwaukee to benefit Adaptive Action Sports

That inaugural event drew support and awareness to the cause, and has allowed the Moms to continue their work. Just over a week ago, they went airborne — literally— to raise money for Adaptive Action Sports, a non-profit that coordinates sport camps and clinics for kids and adults with physical disabilities.

Next, they’re planning a trip to Africa with “The Peace and Progress Build” to construct homes in Nigeria.

Extreme Moms have also organized less intense, but no less important, events around the city. The Moms and their children are featured in a pilot of Food Forward, a documentary about people who take over empty city lots for community gardens. They also participated a flash mob with hundreds of people, taking over Jazz in the Park this past summer.

“I tell my kids, ‘Just because I’m a woman doesn’t mean I can’t do this,’” says Minella. “Watch me jump out of an airplane, watch me build houses in Africa. You can do whatever you want.”

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0 thoughts on “The Giving Season: Extreme Moms”

  1. Anonymous says:

    For more information about Extreme Moms please visit us at of fan our facebook page at Also, you can meet the Extreme Team at the Airborne Awards Show on Saturday, December 4th at BYO Studio from 7-10pm. Membership table, Nigeria sign-up, music, prizes, and great people! Come on come all! Only $10 at the door!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Thank you so much TCD for writing up an article on us! We are here to inspire and to help and you now are a big part of making that happen thank you so much!
    Extreme Mom-Christal Korfhage

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