This past weekend was the annual Air and Water Show in Chicago. If you’ve never seen it put it on your calendar for next year, it is well worth it. Along with the great entertainment there is the vibe of walking along the lake and taking in some of the best that Chicago has to offer.

 

This year the U.S. Army Golden Knights (xx) did an amazing jump and what made it more special was that retired Chicago Bears cornerback Charles “Peanut” Tillman performed a tandem jump with the U.S. Army Golden Knights to commemorate the USO’s 75th Anniversary – 75 years of caring for the needs of America’s service members and families. Mr. Tilman was chosen for this outstanding opportunity because he has demonstrated his commitment to service through his life. In 2013 he was elected Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year and in 2015 he was the USO Angel Harvey Heart of a Patriot Award recipient and the NFL Salute to Service Award winner. As part of the volunteer work that he does for the USO of Illinois he has been involved with the USO Pro Tour which took him to San Diego in 2014 and to Germany in 2015.

 

Like any sport, Sky diving can be dangerous but it can also be a lot of fun if you follow the safety rules and regulations. As a first timer you will need to register, pass a required written, oral and practical test, be medically fit and be at least 18 years old. There are even rules related to approaching the aircraft that you’ll jump from, how to sit in the airplane with the other jumpers and following good luck traditions before jumping. Seems like a lot of stuff to have fun but as with any sport or activity that involves a level of danger knowing the risks and be prepared for them is critical. More information can be found on the web at, there are a variety of resources, but a good place to start would be the United States Parachute Association (www.uspa.org). Have fun and be safe.