Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Join The 2017 Tunnel Jam And Help Feed People In Need


Vegas Indoor Skydiving, the first indoor skydiving facility to open its doors in the United States, is continuing its 35th anniversary celebration with the second annual Tunnel Jam flight competition, pitting the city’s most talented bodyflyers against one another for the chance to win cash prizes and claim the prestigious title of “Tunnel Jam Champ.”

“We are all excited and honored to be able to feed hungry families by doing what we love in a city that we cherish so much,” said Dave McMahan, Business Development at Vegas Indoor Skydiving.  “From the overwhelming success of last year’s Tunnel Jam, we knew we had to go even bigger this year and that’s just what we’re doing!”

“The thrill of indoor skydiving is a unique way to draw attention to the issue of hunger, and we’re very grateful for the 750 meals that the 2016 Tunnel Jam made possible for those in need in our community,” said Brian Burton, CEO and president of Three Square Food Bank. “We are very fortunate to benefit from the event again this year, and we can’t thank the team at Vegas Indoor Skydiving enough for what they’re doing to improve the lives of our fellow Southern Nevadans.”

2017 Tunnel Jam Invitational will be held Saturday, March 25, 2017 at the Vegas Indoor Skydiving parking lot at 200 Convention Center Drive. The day-long festivities, including live music, food, raffle prizes and the chance to purchase anniversary flight specials for $35 per person, will begin at noon. Entry to the 2017 Tunnel Jam Invitational is free. To receive a raffle ticket, guests are asked to donate one bag of non-perishable food (at least two cans) at the door, which will go directly to Three Square Food Bank, in an effort to help families in need. All guests are invited to view the competition, one-of-a-kind body flight demonstrations and the award reception, as well as food and beverages.

The competition will begin at 5 p.m. inside the 22-foot-tall flight chamber and will feature two divisions, Intermediate and Pro. Fifteen bodyflyers from the Vegas Indoor Skydiving staff and beyond will compete for more than $6,000 in cash and prizes. Each contestant in the Amateur and Pro Divisions will take part in a “Best Routine” competition, where their minute-long routine will be judged on a 30-point system, with marks for style, difficulty, and execution. In addition, the Pro Division will take part in a “Best Trick” competition. The Tunnel Jam 2017 celebrity judge panel will include BMX pro and reality television star Ricardo Laguna, legendary flight instructors Ray Kubiak, Jimmy Redmond and Indoor Skydiving Champion Mike Silva.

Established in 2007 to provide hunger relief, Three Square Food Bank offers wholesome, nutritious food to nonprofit and faith-based organizations, schools and feeding sites that serve a wide range of Southern Nevadans. A national model project inspired by Founder Eric Hilton with a grant provided by the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, Three Square is a community collaborative partnership with businesses, nonprofit agencies, food distributors, higher education institutions, the Clark County School District, governmental entities, the media and thousands of volunteers to efficiently and effectively work together to serve those in our community struggling with hunger. Three Square currently provides more than 40 million pounds of food and grocery product – the equivalent of more than 33 million meals – per year through a network of more than 1,300 community partners.  Three Square is a member of the Feeding America network of food banks. For additional information visit threesquare.org. For the latest news and events on Three Square, visit Facebook - www.facebook.com/ThreeSquareFoodBank and follow them on Instagram and Twitter twitter.com/threesquarelv.

Built in 1982 in the heart of the famed Las Vegas Strip, Vegas Indoor Skydiving operates the first indoor skydiving facility to open in the United States.  At Vegas Indoor Skydiving, guests will earn their wings and experience bodyflight during a simulated skydive experience without the use of an airplane or parachute. The experience is similar to the free-fall aspect of skydiving, with the addition of a mesh trampoline floor and foam-padded walls.

Vegas Indoor Skydiving is a safe and fun way for you to taste the thrill of skydiving without an airplane or parachute. No experience is necessary and just about anyone of any age can participate. Their mission is to provide a safe and memorable indoor skydiving experience to the general public, understanding that everyone will learn and grow at different rates, to adapt to the ability of the flyer and to encourage their development by sharing our love and knowledge of flight.

The wind tunnel itself is 12 feet wide and 22 feet tall, and yes with a lot of practice you can go all the way to the top. The machine is powered by a 1,000 horsepower electric motor attached to the propeller from a DC-4 airplane.

200 Convention Center Dr
Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 731-4768

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