CONCORD -- All day Monday, hundreds of people jumped at the chance to help raise money for the Law Enforcement Torch Run by bouncing off the walls and flipping for the cause.
Jerry Raymond, co-owner of Sky High Sports in Concord, hosted the first Jump Sky High for Special Olympics, donating the entire day's jump fees to Law Enforcement Torch Run Special Olympics Northern California.
"We're still tabulating how much was raised," said state director of the Law Enforcement Torch Run NorCal and Santa Clara Police Capt. Dan Winter. "Jerry is a very generous guy."
"We thought it was a great event," said Martinez resident Jeff Henson, vice president of business development and special events for Special Olympics of Northern California and Nevada.
"Without events like this we wouldn't be able to support all the athletes and athletic events. We do competition training throughout the year," he said.
Although Henson doesn't know yet how much money was raised or how many people came to help Special Olympics, he said, "We know there were people who specifically came in for the event."
"It was real fun," said Special Olympics Global Messenger Stephanie Hammond, 32, of Concord. "They have a regular trampoline and foam pit and a kids court."
Hammond said this was not her first time at Sky High Sports. She has attended the dodgeball tournaments held at the trampoline park for the torch run.
"I do all the events for our torch run," Hammond said. "Events are a really good idea to bring community together and to get the community to treat everyone equally."
The Law Enforcement Torch Run Flame of Hope is a fundraising and annual intrastate relay through hundreds of Northern California communities, including Concord, to support the Special Olympics. The Summer Games will be held in June at U.C. Davis.
Raymond, the father of a special-needs child with Asperger's syndrome, said he is passionate about supporting Special Olympics.
In addition to hosting events for Special Olympics, Raymond sets aside the first Tuesday of every month for "our extra special jumpers." From 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., Sky High Sports turns off the music and dials down the distractions to make it more comfortable for children and young adults with special needs and their family and friends. Each jumper is charged $5 for an hour with a parent or therapist free.
The regular price to jump is $12 for the first hour and $6 for the second hour.
Along with the Concord facility, two of the other 15 facilities -- Sacramento and Santa Clara -- took part in the day's fundraising event.
"Raymond is donating all the proceeds from the jumps," said Winter.
The money will help provide the nearly 16,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities in Northern California the opportunity to participate at no charge in Special Olympics, as well as other athletic events held throughout the year.
Henson said they are hoping to hold more Jump Sky High for Special Olympics but don't know whether it will be once a year or more often.
"We are going to try and do it bigger and better next year," Winter said.