GREEN BAY, Wis. (WEAU) -- An annual event that sends ordinary people down the side of Lambeau Field has raised nearly $4,000 for an area non-profit organization.
Four people from Eau Claire went "Over the Edge" from Special Olympics on Saturday.
The "Lambeau Leap" may be one of the most iconic touchdown celebrations in all of football, but instead of jumping into fans, I was among those rappelling from the top of Lambeau Field down to the ground. It was all to benefit Special Olympics Wisconsin. Two Eau Claire Police Department officers and a trooper from the Wisconsin State Patrol also took part.
"I'm not a fan of heights," said Officer Kyle Roder with the Eau Claire Police Department. "I don't go on roller coasters. I try not do anything higher than the roof of a house, so it's great to push the limits every once in awhile. These athletes with Special Olympics do so much more. It's a great opportunity for us to raise money, come on out, come to Lambeau Field and essentially jump off the roof."
"It was a wonderful experience," Jodi Kummet of the Wisconsin State Patrol said. "I can't wait; I'll do it again next year to raise the money for the athletes. It's just a great experience overall."
Even those that didn't take the leap over the edge had a blast just watching.
"To see officers from Eau Claire dangling at the top of the building, and actually scaling down is pretty cool," said Karen Kraus of Special Olympics. "It says a lot about the commitment of our officers and their willingness to go to great lengths to benefit the Special Olympics athletes."
The view from 140 feet atop Lambeau Field was spectacular, but the start was the hardest part. My foot slipped on the edge, but I recovered nicely as I passed by the Packers logo. Before I knew it, I was halfway there. I kept going, and struck a post with 15 feet left to go. I earned a shiny medal after my feet hit the ground. All and all, it was a great feeling to represent Eau Claire for Special Olympics.