“They made the commitment…I’ll make the jumps.” A Norwich Parent Skydives for Gifts for NU

Bob MacDonald feels very strongly about Norwich University.  As a Norwich parent, he knows the vital role that the University plays in training young men and women to fulfill the obligations of citizen soldiery.  Now, with his 65th birthday upon him, he felt called to do something creative to honor this important work.

Starting several weeks ago, MacDonald has been skydiving regularly at the Pepperell Airport in Pepperell, Massachusetts, using a custom designed Norwich University parachute. His goal is to complete 65 jumps before the end of August to raise money for scholarships and the lacrosse program at Norwich.

“I feel compelled to do something to support our military in recruiting the best physically and mentally gifted men and women”, MacDonald stated in a letter outlining his efforts.

With more than 1,000 jumps to his name, MacDonald is an experienced skydiver. His first jumps were with the Army and he continued to skydive as a hobby after his service was completed. However, MacDonald hung up his parachute in 1977 to pursue his studies and raise his family. The 29 year hiatus, however, has not slowed him down.

“I have been physically training at Fitness Together and made all of the preparations for planes, parachutes and riggers," MacDonald said.

To date, Bob’s efforts have raised over $4,000 in direct gifts and sponsorships. On August 7, he celebrated his 65th birthday with 50 jumps completed and 15 to go. And the icing on the cake: MacDonald reports that he is already looking forward to his 66th!

Want to help? To contribute to Bob MacDonald's fundraiser, send checks to:

Norwich University 65/65
158 Harmon Drive
Northfield, VT 05663
Attn: Allison Sultan

Or email Allison Sultan.