Community members participated in the Jackalope Jump at Lander Valley High School in support of Special Olympics Wyoming.
Fundraisers collected donations and in return plunged into an outside pool of frigid water.
“We call it ‘Freezin for a Reason’, and so they raise the money in order to jump and celebrate the special abilities of Special Olympic athletes,” said VP of Programs Allison Harker.
Harker says the Jackalope Jump is Wyoming’s version of the Polar Plunge, well known for other Special Olympics fundraisers. The Lander jump is hosted by local Special Olympics Wyoming programs: Lander Valley, for children and Lander Master, for adults.
“We get to see the athletes grow and learn new things,” said Lander Master Coach Jessica Harn. “It’s a really fun experience.”
Harn coaches Special Olympic Athletes throughout the year. One athlete did not plan to jump in the pool, but appreciates the fund raiser.
“It’s really fun and we raise money to go on our trip,” said athlete Sara Wiener.
The director of special events and communications for Special Olympics Wyoming said participants at the Lander jump raised about $6,800. He says there were about 35 jumpers, which is the largest jump Lander has ever had.