Autism is something that affects lots of people around the world, country, and Inland Empire. Sometimes it feels like there isn’t much we can do about it but luckily there are times when we can. The Bounce for Autism fundraiser is taking place at Sky High Sports all around the country on September 18th.
“Bounce For Autism,” a fundraiser to benefit The Inland Empire Autism Society, will be held Tuesday, September 18 from 6pm until 8pm at Sky High Sports, 3230 Cornerstone Drive in Mira Loma. 100% of the $12 per hour jump rate will be donated to IEAS, an organization benefitting 6000 area families touched by autism and spectrum disorders.
Jerry Raymond, owner of Sky High Sports, is passionate about bringing fun, healthy activity to children with special needs and their families. The father of a son with Asperger’s Syndrome, he has a unique understanding of the challenges some families face, especially when their children participate in recreational activities.
“On any day of the week, the atmosphere of Sky High Sports might make some children with special needs uneasy,” Raymond explained. “So, on the first Tuesday of the month, Sky High does our best to make those kids more comfortable by turning off the music, keeping the jumpers to a minimum and generally dialing down as many distractions as possible.”
In addition to the enormous main trampoline court and the multi-lane foam pit, Sky High designates another trampoline court as “especially quiet,” for children with sensory issues.
“Besides being incredibly fun, there are a number of benefits to jumping on our trampolines,” Raymond continued. “Jumping works on coordination and balance as well as the development of social skills and confidence. It’s good, fun exercise. So much fun in fact that it doesn’t seem like exercise at all.”
“Our 15 Sky High locations around the country are happy to be able to accommodate families who may not have a place to go where they can enjoy this kind of active fun,” Raymond said.
“We hope lots of Inland Empire families and their supporters will join us for this fun event on Tuesday,” said Beth Burt, President of the Board of The Inland Empire Autism Society. “Walk-ins are welcome.”
Sky High Sports is located on the boarder of Riverside and San Bernardino counties.