The towering task doesn’t seem to faze Reichert, though a registration site for the rappelling fundraiser makes note of the potential scaredy-cat factor. It says for those supporters who are “too chicken to step over the edge,” it’s “no problem. … You can still participate in the festivities from the chicken coop!” and watch “safely from the ground.”

Reichert, who serves on the Special Olympics board in his home state, says of his upcoming sky-high endeavor, “It’s going to be interesting, but I think it’s going to be fun, and our special Olympians deserve the same courage from us that they present to the world every day, so it’s a privilege to participate in this event.”