Jackalope Jump Saturday

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Special Olympians, Jackie Santistevan and Jeannie Ellinger take the plunge during the annual Jackalope Jump held in Sheridan on Saturday.
Special Olympians, Jackie Santistevan and Jeannie Ellinger take the plunge during the annual Jackalope Jump held in Sheridan on Saturday.

If plan 'A' doesn't work, hopefully plan 'B' does and for the folks at RENEW, plan 'B' was a success.

It was the 5th annual Jackalope Jump, a fundraiser for Special Olympics Wyoming athletes on Saturday.

The Jackalope Jump usually takes place on an ice covered Lake DeSmet, but the warm weather made a change of locations a must as organizer Carrie Pilcher explains.

Switching to their South Sheridan Avenue location, a portable jump was filled with ice cold water and jumpers still came up gasping for breath, shocked after hitting the icy water.

Clients and staff celebrated each other as they bravely jumped and that is what Deputy Boot Hill, who's jumped for the past four years sees in the RENEW clients.

Not only fun as most of the jumpers were decked out in costumes in celebration of St. Paddy's Day, but leadership as well.

The youngest jumper was Deputy Hill's five year-old son Kaden who tells why he jumped.

Close to twenty folks took the leap and funds raised from this year's jump will be used to buy new uniforms for the athletes as they compete in the state Special Olympics later this year.

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