JUMPfest: America's First Parkour Festival!
A History Lesson
The event truly was inspiring just to read about. And I knew it wasn't going to be an easy feat. Events are not only time consuming to put together, but don't come cheap to fund, especially if they are worth it! After crunching the numbers Max discovered he needed $15,000 to just break even or, at best, have a "rainy day fund." After months of crowd sourcing he managed to raise $755 and it appeared the Parkour Community wasn't ready for JUMPfest to exist.
Enter TIT Jam 2016!
A few days later I met up with Max Henry and we trained at Hamilton Fish Park. It wasn't until after we hugged goodbye and I sat down in the L train that something sparked. As if something Max was holding close to his heart crept its way onto me during our warm, gentle, embrace. I was hit with an instant inspiration and memories of... JUMPfest.
Too excited to certainly keep all of this to myself I reached for my phone...no service...I pulled out my notebook...no pen! "Excuse me ma'am do you have a pen I could have(no one ever borrows a pen and returns it)?" I was in luck, she did have a pen I could keep! I began to write down all of my ideas on how to incorporate JUMPfest into the week long retreat that is TIT Jam.
I met up with Max again a few days later, dislocated my knee while training, and decided it was ok...I had plans bigger than that stride/plyo mission anyway! We talked for a good while about my ideas and I showed him how if we changed a few things around TIT Jam could absorb ALL of the costs!
A Collaboration Is Born
Here our your camp councilors/keynote lecturers: