World record skydiver attempts new mark for charities

FRANKFORT, Ind. (WLFI) – A former Green Beret is attempting to break the world record for the skydiving jumps in a 24-hour period while raising money for three charities.

Jay Stokes is already a world record skydiver with 634 jumps, which he set in 2006. But on Tuesday, Frankfort Mayor Chris McBarnes announced that Stokes will try to break his current record with 700 jumps this fall at the Frankfort Airport.

The event, Most Jumps 2014, is a fundraiser for three charities. Money raised between now and September will benefit the Special Olympics of Indiana, the Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis and the Special Operations Warrior Foundation.

“All of them are very worthy charities. Any one of them is a worthy charity,” said Stokes. “So, having all three – that tri-fecta – gets me excited and makes me just feel good about what we’re going to do.”

Stokes said he is more focused on helping these programs, than he is on breaking records.

“The fact is, I have a son that has cerebral palsy. He’s a Special Olympian. That means a lot to me, that we are allowed to have them as a organization that we can donate money to,” said Stokes.

Mayor McBarnes said this event will really benefit Special Olympics in Clinton County.

“It’s going to be absolutely transformational,” McBarnes said. “It’s going to give our Clinton County Special Olympians the chance to be on a world stage. We couldn’t be prouder of them.”

McBarnes said he is expecting more than 30,000 people to attend the event in September.

If you would like to help, you can make a donation to Most Jumps 2014.

For more information on Most Jumps 2014, click here.

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