For the past 10 years, Jack Knight’s story has touched many lives. The 12-year-old Westminster resident has Duchenne, the most common form of childhood muscular dystrophy. He was diagnosed when he was only two, and since then his family and friends have rallied around him in support by hosting the annual Jumping Jack Golf Tournament on June 17 at The Ranch Country Club in Westminster.
Proceeds of the tournament will benefit Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy, PPMD, a non-profit organization focused on finding a cure for Duchenne. When Jack’s parents, Angela and Darrell Knight found out about the diagnosis, they knew they had to do something, and the tournament seemed like a perfect start.
“When we received Jack’s diagnosis Darrell and I knew we had two choices - sit back and see what happens, or do something. We don’t ever sit back,” Angela said. “So our family, including our older son Robert and every distant relative we could reach has done everything we can to raise money and awareness to help Jack and all of the young men living with Duchenne. We believe there is hope for Jack, and that together, we will end Duchenne.”
Over the past 10 years the tournament has really grown. What started as a small family tournament has turned into one of the biggest fundraisers for PPMD. Every year the Knights surpass their fundraising goal. Darrell said not only is the tournament for a good cause, but it’s a place to have a good time enjoying the scenery at The Ranch.
“This tournament isn’t about winning, it’s about having fun and supporting Jack and the other kids out there with Duchenne,” he said.
But the day doesn’t end after the last golfer makes his final put. Following the tournament is a wine tasting, dinner and a silent and live auction.
Angela said this is a great opportunity for people to contribute to the cause if they don’t golf. The silent auction has a variety of items up for bid including various trips and golf packages.
“Jumping Jack has become a tradition in this community with people from around the state coming to have fun with us. Every year we are overwhelmed by the generosity of our friends and neighbors,” Angela said. “It’s a great way to spend the day and what’s great is the wine tasting and dinner is meant to be for everybody and it brings everybody together after a great day.”
The morning round shotgun start begins at 7:30 a.m., followed by a lunch buffet at noon, and the afternoon round shotgun start is at 1:30 p.m. Cost to play is $75 for individual golfers and $600 for a foursome. To register visit or contact Angela at 720-299-6433. The dinner is set for 5 p.m. followed by the live auction at 6 p.m. Cost of the dinner and wine tasting $35 per person or $50 per couple.
As for Jack, golfers can catch him cruising around the course with friends in a golf cart, which he says is the best part of the day.