Special Olympics Wyoming plunges into Jackalope Jump season

CASPER, Wyo.- (Wyoming News Now) For Special Olympics Wyoming this is just the beginning of Jackalope Jump season. It began in Douglas and Casper Friday, with 18 more jumps across the state.

A member of Casper Fire-EMS participes in the Jackalope Jump at Casper Recreation Center.

"Everyone's willing to step up for our athletes and it's such a benefit for us. Special Olympics does such great things for our athletes, building confidence, building respect and allowing them the opportunity to train and compete and be part of the greater community," Priscilla Dowse, SOW CEO and President, said.

"This is kind of focused on something that is really meaningful to the state and it's just nice for us to come together like this," Nathan Vondra, Manor Heights Elementary P.E. Teacher, said

Each person or group who jumped, raised at least $100. The money supports almost 2,000 Special Olympics Wyoming athletes.

"We're just so fortunate and it goes to support our athletes. They're coming out to ensure everyone knows how much they're appreciated and they're willing to take the plunge too," Dowse said.

Dowse thanked the community and volunteers for their continued support for Special Olympics Wyoming.

The next Jackalope Jump is Saturday in Cheyenne and a complete schedule can be found at Special Olympics Wyoming's website.