The founder of Sky High Sports, Jerry Raymond, knows the importance of family time, as well as fun and fitness for everyone. As the parent of a son with special needs, Raymond understands the need families whose lives are blessed with special needs kids face when finding a family outing the entire family will enjoy. Sky High Sports Jump Sessions for kids with special needs and their families were born based on Raymond’s family’s desire to have fun and make memories together.
Why Special Needs Jump Time?
Special Needs Jump Time is designed to bring families together for a fun and active time, so every Tuesday from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Sky High Sports dims the lights, turns down the music, and diminishes the distractions for the comfort of their special guests. On these special nights, attendance is limited and staff is increased to ensure a safe environment and a relaxing, fun atmosphere for the kids and their families.
A passion project for Raymond, Special Needs Jump Time offers patience and understanding where other ‘family-friendly’ facilities often fall short when serving families with special needs.
Special Needs Jump Time at Sky High
When Raymond opened the first Sky High nearly 15 years ago, he soon saw that all his sons loved jumping, including his son with Asperger Syndrome. In fact, Raymond noted that the experience helped his son develop greater motor skills, increase balance, and even enhance his social skills. The point – his entire family was having fun and getting fit simply by jumping together!
Since its inception, Sky High Sports jump sessions for kids with special needs have yielded a wealth of positive feedback. Kids and young adults on the Autism Spectrum, along with those with Muscular Dystrophy, Down Syndrome, and other disorders, experience the joy of jumping with family and friends. Parents see their children gaining increased motor and sensory skills, enhancing their ability in social interactions, and improving their overall fitness.
On Special Needs Jump Night, children with special needs join in the fun at Sky High’s large courts with other children or enjoy time at the private court where there are fewer external stimuli. The goal is to open the opportunity for children with physical and mental challenges to come and play and have fun doing it! At Sky High, safety is a top priority due to extra precautions. Therefore, Sky High includes spring-loaded frames with additional padding and safety barriers to prevent falls off the trampolines. Parent involvement is encouraged, and the trampoline courts are well supervised to ensure the safest possible environment.
Join the Fun During Special Needs Jump Time
Special Needs Jump Time is available at all Sky High locations across the country. Striving to bring kids and young adults the joy of jumping, Raymond and the Sky High team also note increased feelings of accomplishment from the children participating. Families can enjoy time together and join like-minded families in the fun.
The special jump sessions include special pricing for jumpers and family members including siblings, parents, and grandparents, as well as caregivers or therapists. Remember, when you join in the fun, parents or legal guardians need to complete a waiver before participating.
- Each jumper is $5 with one free admission (parent or therapist)
- Other family members are $5
Kids of all ages and abilities love trampolines which makes Sky High Sports Special Needs Jump Time the perfect family outing! For more information, visit Sky High Sports Sacramento and join in for a night of fun with your family!
Read more about Special Needs Jump Time in the Chicago Tribune.