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Special Olympics Wyoming’s annual Jackalope Jump fundraiser fast approaching

A participant at the 2023 Jackalope Jump in Casper steps out of the water. (Tommy Culkin, Oil City News)

CASPER, Wyo. — Special Olympics Wyoming is looking for individuals, athletes, businesses, schools, emergency personnel and organizations willing to get a bit wet and cold for a good cause, with the 2024 Jackalope Jump quickly approaching.

Jackalope Jump fundraising events to benefit Special Olympics Wyoming athletes are being scheduled across the state. It’s a great way for everyone to get involved and raise funds to support programming and events for over 1,600 athletes statewide.

People can register online here to take part in a local Jackalope Jump in their area. Online registration is free and strongly encouraged.

There will be several jumps held throughout the state. Locations and times are as follows:

  • Douglas: Friday, Feb. 9, Douglas High School
  • Platte County/Wheatland: Saturday, Feb. 10, Little Reservoir #1
  • Casper: Friday, Feb. 16, Casper Family Aquatic Center
  • Thermopolis: Saturday, Feb. 24 , Hot Springs County High School
  • Cody: Friday, March 15, City Park
  • Riverton: Saturday, March 16, City Hall
  • Powell: Friday, March 22, Powell High School
  • Buffalo: Friday, March 22, Meadowlark & Clear Creek School Field
  • Gillette: Saturday, March 23, Campbell County Rec Center
  • Cheyenne: Sunday, April 7, location TBD
  • Virtual DIY Jump: reserved for Cool School Challengers only, anytime in February and March 2024

Each jump is its own personalized event as they are planned and organized locally by SOWY volunteers.

All jumpers that raise a minimum of $100 per person will receive a Jackalope Jump T-Shirt. Participants who raise $750 per person will also get a cool pair of John’s Crazy Jackalope Jump socks. Those individuals raising $1,000 will earn a duffle bag as well, and the $1,500 level will get an additional $100 Visa gift card. All fundraising levels are per person. Team fundraising cannot be combined to be eligible for an incentive.

Schools and first responders can easily get involved in fundraising and participating at a local jump, and earn a cool Jackalope Jump incentive at $50 minimum per person. Cool School Challengers and first responders are eligible for all incentive levels by meeting the minimum fundraising amounts per person.