Cashman to skydive for Wounded Warrior Project

TAMPA, Fla. -- Brian Cashman proved he was not afraid of heights when he rappelled twice down the side of a 22-story Connecticut building, and now the Yankees' general manager is raising the daredevil stakes by agreeing to parachute with the Army Golden Knights.

Cashman will participate in a jump on Monday morning with soldiers at the Homestead Air Reserve Base outside of Miami, an event that is intended to raise awareness for the Wounded Warrior Project (http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/).

"It's an opportunity to do something that a lot of people don't do or will ever do, so that's awesome," Cashman said. "It's called living. But it's not on my list of something I've always wanted to do. I'm kind of excited for the opportunity to do it, but at the same time, big-time nervous about doing it."

Cashman will execute the jump with Duke Castiglione, a television reporter for FOX 5 in New York, and they will be jumping in tandem with military members.

The Golden Knights invited Cashman to participate in a jump when they parachuted into Yankee Stadium last summer and again as the Yankees finalized plans for the March 30 exhibition game to be played at West Point.

"I like doing new things," Cashman said. "I like challenges and stuff like that. This is a great opportunity, and a great opportunity to raise awareness."

The Wounded Warrior Project's purpose is to raise awareness and enlist the public's aid for the needs of injured service members, to help injured servicemen and women aid and assist each other, and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet their needs.