To provide funding for wounded veterans, Gold Star families and para-athletes to participate in traditional and indoor skydiving.
The foundation was created in honor of Master Sergeant Corey Hood, who was involved in a fatal accident while performing in the Chicago Air and Water Show on August 15, 2015.
A local hero and graduate of Lakota West High School enlisted into the Army in June of 2001.
He graduated from the Golden Knights’ Assessment and Selection Program and joined the U.S. Army Parachute Team as a “Golden Knight” in October 2014.
MSG Hood began jumping in 2010 and logged over 500 free fall jumps and 75 military static line jumps.
Corey was a wounded warrior, heavily involved with helping his fellow soldiers and was a volunteer with a military suicide hotline.
MSG Hood’s awards and decorations include: The Legion of Merit, two Bronze Stars, two Meritorious Service Medals, five Army Commendation Medals, four Army Achievement Medals, Master Parachutist Badge, Pathfinder Badge, Air Assault Badge, and the Combat Action Badge. MSG Hood served four tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Corey loved sharing the sport of skydiving with his friends and family, including his nephew Levi, who has Spina Bifida. Though his mobility is limited, Levi looked forward to flying with his Uncle through indoor skydiving.
Indoor skydiving is a growing competitive sport for all ages and abilities that provides endless skill progression and a true sense of empowerment and courage. We seek to teach people who may not be able to walk learn how to fly!
This sport can be cost prohibitive; therefore, the foundation exists to alleviate these costs and further the therapeutic research and para-athletic participation.
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