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Extra Special People’s Big Jump event is just another way for Steve Nugent to continue supporting children and young adults with disabilities. Nugent, who serves on the nonprofit’s board of directors, will skydive out of a plane during the fundraiser. 

“I was a mentor for disabled children in middle and high school,” he said. “For me personally, it’s been a part of my life for a long time. What better way to be involved in these people’s lives than through an organization like ESP.” 

ESP will host its 11thannual Big Jump skydiving fundraiser at Skydive Monroe on Aug. 28 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Nugent and other Athens-Oconee supporters of the nonprofit are fundraising to help special needs children attend the nonprofit’s summer camps. 

Now, 600 children and young adults from 30 counties in Georgia and other states attend ESP’s eight weeks of summer camps. 

Attendance is open to the public at this year’s Big Jump. Jumpers will skydive during the day and still follow Skydive Monroe’s COVID-19 policies. 

The festival part of Big Jump has been re-imagined for event guests, said Marketing Manager Katarina Christmann. 

During the late afternoon and evening, attendees can take advantage of hot air balloon rides, food trucks, a beer garden, music and more similar attractions that will be announced when wristband sales go live the week of July 19. 

Steve Nugent and his wife, Janna, came to know ESP through a friend, Toby Smith, who invited them to attend the Big Hearts pageant and dinner several years ago. 

Listening to ESP families’ stories, they got hooked on helping the nonprofit. 

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