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To celebrate UofL’s ties with Fort Knox, more than a dozen University of Louisville faculty and staff members will participate in a tandem jump with the Army’s elite Golden Knights skydiving team.

Weather permitting, the jump is scheduled or June 9 beginning at 9 a.m. at Fort Knox.

“UofL and Fort Knox have strengthened their ties over the past few years, working together on leadership programs, research activities and special events,” said Renee Finnegan, executive director of UofL’s Office of Military Initiatives. “Jumping with a prestigious Army unit such as the Golden Knights is a great way to solidify our partnership.”

Fifteen UofL staff and faculty members are planning to participate, including Interim Provost Neville Pinto, College of Arts and Sciences Dean Kimberly Kempf-Leonard, School of Public Health and Information Sciences Dean Craig Blakely, J.B. Speed School of Engineering Interim Dean John Usher, men’s soccer coach Ken Lolla and women’s basketball coach Jeff Walz.  

The Golden Knights, otherwise known as the United States Army Parachute Team, is one of three Department of Defense-sanctioned aerial demonstration teams, along with the U.S. Navy Blue Angels and the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds.

Watch this website for multimedia coverage of the day’s events.

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Janet Cappiello covers the College of Business, the J.B. Speed School of Engineering, the College of Education and Human Development, the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies, Sustainability Council and military initiatives for the Office of Communications and Marketing. She has more than 30 years’ experience in journalism, including working for The Associated Press and magazines such as Vegetarian Times and Sustainability: The Journal of Record. She has been at UofL since March 2014.