by Judy Hagerott
Athletes and participants alike mustered up their courage this past Saturday as they jumped into the icy waters of Lake DeSmet, all for a good cause.
The 3rd Annual Sheridan Jackalope Jump is a fundraiser to benefit Special Olympics Wyoming. According to event coordinator Kerri Pilcher, the Jackalope Jump was one of seven such fundraisers being held throughout the state.
Sunny skies were deceptive as the cold water left participants gasping for air after the plunge into the cold DeSmet waters. Sheridan County Fire and Rescue, along with the Johnson County Ambulance service, were right there to help participants out of the water.
There were 21 registered jumpers from Sheridan, Story and Gillette. Pilcher estimates the event raised close to $4,500 for Special Olympics.