Darias McDowell was tearing it up on the trampolines at JumpJam, doing flips, handstands and cartwheels. Photo by Sherri Gardner Howell
Jumping with the Vol
By Sherri Gardner Howell
University of Tennessee head football coach Butch Jones would have been proud. Three members of his football squad were checking out JumpJam Trampoline Park, 11201 Threadstone Lane, off Lovell Road. They were unintentionally putting on quite a show as they got serious air on the trampolines, able to touch the balls hanging from the ceiling that were there to test vertical reach.
Not having a clue they were UT Vols – seeing young men in shirts with a power T is not exactly a rarity in Knoxville – I took several impressive photos of the jumpers. When I introduced myself as a member of the press and asked for their names, they hesitated.
“We better not, ma’am,” one said. As I looked confused, a girl who had been watching them quipped, “She doesn’t know who you are.” The player glared at her.
“I’m really sorry, ma’am,” he continued, still giving out no information. “We just better not. We have coaches… well, you know...” More