Mark Sakioka was 8 years old when his parents bought a trampoline for the backyard. The family had just remodeled the house and decided to get the jumping device for three children.
Sakioka took it to new heights.
Next to the trampoline was a portable basketball unit, and like any kid, Sakioka put the two to use. Sakioka and a friend decided to do back flips off the rim and toward the trampoline, where they could launch themselves and flip.
The flipping around continued for five years until Stephanie Sakioka came out and saw what her son and his friend were up to one day in the backyard.
"You guys are going to die!" Stephanie said to the two boys.
Just like that, the trampoline was gone before Sakioka entered high school.
He soon found his jumping frills at Newport Harbor High. Basketball did not do it for Sakioka as a freshman.