Lyman High School Principal Todd Limoges flips into the icy water. PIONEER PHOTOS/Timilee Wilber
By TIMILEE WILBER
LYMAN – Despite temperatures hovering around 45 degrees and a wind chill factor near the freezing mark, a large crowd of brave souls came together March 16, to take the plunge in the icy Wyoming water, for the 3rd annual Bridger Valley Special Olympics Jackalope Jump.
Lyman High School hosted the event at the Aquatics Center.
This year’s theme appropriately enough was Freez’n For a Reez’n. Team members took the plunge to raise funds for Bridger Valley Special Olympics.
Participants’ costumes ranged from bikinis, to leprechauns to super heroes. Prizes were awarded for most money raised by an individual, by an athlete and by a group; largest group jump, and best group theme/costumes.
Two brave jumpers, Ty Andersen and Bradie Briggs, students at Mountain View High School included the event as part of their Mountain View High School’s Junior Prom date and were the first to take the plunge.
Over $11,000 was raised, at the event so far this year. According to event coordinator Spencer Crosland every penny raised at this year’s jump will be used by the 19 Valley special Olympians for training and to help to defray the cost for athletes to travel to competitions later this year.
This year 12 teams participated: Team Clay, The Peace Makers, Phenomenal Cosmic Power, Wyoming Hottubbing, Mountain View Elementary School, Team Jaden, Team Cody Brown, Team Jaden H. –Mountain View Middle School, Team Thrasher, Team Tanner, Zack Attack and Team John’s Bar.
There are 15 Jackalope events scheduled statewide in Wyoming this year. Fundraisers worldwide this year will benefit 1,300 Special Olympics athletes in Wyoming and nearly 3.4 million worldwide.
Special Olympics began in the early 1960’s. The first games came to Wyoming in 1972. Special Olympics is a not-for-profit organization that provides sports training, athletic competition and other related programs to children and adults with intellectual disabilities.
Bridger Valley had 10 volunteers who helped to register participants and organize the event. Benedict’s, Evanston Wal-Mart, Uinta Bank and the Lyman Fire Department donated time and materials to help to make this year’s “jump” a success.
It’s not too late to donate to Bridger Valley Special Olympics. Go to www.firstgiving.com/sowy/2013-bridger-valley-jackalope-jump/teams to contribute to the team of your choice.
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