Jump Sky High for Special Olympics, an all day fundraising event, was held on April 15 at all three Bay Area Sky High Sports locations (Santa Clara, Sacramento, and Concord). One hundred percent of the day’s jump fees benefited Special Olympics Northern California Law Enforcement Torch Run.
Santa Clara Police Department supported the event by displaying their D.A.R.E. vehicles, talking to parents and providing children with junior police stickers. The amount raised at the event was unavailable as of press time.
Providing opportunities for kids and young adults with special needs and their families to enjoy active play is a priority for the Sky High Sports founders, Jerry and Ron Raymond. Sky High hosts jump sessions dedicated to special needs families at all of its 15 locations. Sky High Santa Clara hosts a special event for children and young adults with special needs on the first Tuesday of each month (excluding holidays).
Sky High Sports Santa Clara is located at 2880 Mead Ave. Call 408-492-1139 or visit www.jumpskyhigh.com for more information.
About Special Olympics
Special Olympics was born in the early 1960s when Eunice Kennedy Shriver started a day camp for people with developmental disabilities at her home in Rockville, Maryland.
Having grown tremendously, Shriver’s vision of Special Olympics has become one of the largest and most successful sports and volunteer organizations in the world. The organization serves more than one million Special Olympics athletes.
SONC is a free, year-round sports training and competition program for Northern California children and adults with intellectual disabilities. More than 15,700 athletes compete in 12 sports and 154 competitions throughout the region. For more information on Special Olympics Northern California, visit www.SONC.org.
About the Law Enforcement Torch Run
The Law Enforcement Torch Run began in 1981 when Wichita, Kansas Police Chief Richard LaMunyon noticed a need for raising awareness of and raising funds for Special Olympics. The run generates more than $34 million a year for Special Olympics programs around the world and has become one of the largest grassroots fundraising programs and public awareness vehicles for Special Olympics.
For more information visit www.specialolympics.org/Sections/Donate/Special_Olympics_Torch_Run.aspx