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Skydiver to attempt to beat own world record for jumps in 24 hours

  |   Feb. 19, 2014 at 7:13 PM
FRANKFORT, Ind., Feb. 19 (UPI) -- An Indiana man announced he will attempt to break his own world record for most skydiving jumps in a 24-hour period to raise funds for three charities.

Jay Stokes, a former Green Beret who set a world record in 2006, performing 634 skydiving jumps in a 24-hour period, said his goal is to reach 700 jumps with his attempt this fall at Frankfort Airport, WLFI-TV, West Lafayette, Ind., reported Wednesday.

Stokes said his Most Jumps 2014 project is asking for donations for 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," Stokes said. "So, having all three -- that trifecta -- gets me excited and makes me just feel good about what we're going to do.

"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," Stokes said.

Frankfort Mayor Chris McBarnes said more than 30,000 people are expected to attend the attempt.

"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."

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