After recently completing our 50 stop Summer Road Tour to teach kids jump rope skills and promote our free, instructional jump rope curriculum, the Jump Kids Jump Movement® is now supporting an Ohio native's global, instructional jump rope program that will take our jump ropes to children in Tanzania and Kenya.
The program "One World, One Rope" is the brainchild of Niki Glover, coach of the Indy Air Bears jump rope team, and Mike Fry, a 23-year old native of Richfield, Ohio and 2009 graduate of Oberlin College. Fry reached out to the Jump Kids Jump Movement® for support and the Movement® responded by donating 1,000 jump ropes to this initiative.
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The brand new Jump Start! Preschool-Based curriculum is now available under "Resources" as a free download from the Jump Kids Jump Movement website, www.jumpkidsjump.org. This new curriculum, available at no cost, meets Indiana Academic Standards for Kindergarten and Foundations: Indiana Academic Standards for Young Children from Birth to Age 5.
Also found under "Resources" is the Jump Start! video that is now available as a free complement to the curriculum. The video illustrates some of the jumping activities preschoolers can engage in to develop skills for jumping rope and can be downloaded and burned to a DVD.
Says Pattie Ryan, Deputy Director for the Indiana Association for Child Care Resource and Referral (IACCRR), "Our state's preschoolers can benefit considerably from Jump Start! as a way to help them develop and practice jumping skills as an essential first step before learning to jump rope. Jumping rope is a fun physical fitness activity they can do all their lives." The curriculum, a ready-to-go resource for anyone working with preschoolers, contains lessons, activities, and resources to help introduce preschoolers to jumping and jumping rope. With Indiana's children among the most obese in the nation, "early intervention with a curriculum like Jump Start! is a hands-on way to help our preschoolers develop a fitness life skill that can help prevent them from ever becoming overweight and from battling health problems now and in the future," states Dr. Jeff Sperring, Riley Hospital's Chief Medical Officer.
Youth obesity statistics are staggering. Many kids today are not active. The Jump Kids Jump Movement® is a statewide effort to encourage kids of all ages and abilities to get more active by jumping rope. Through the Jump Kids Jump Movement®, communities statewide will be provided with access to a wide variety of resources to help promote interest and develop skills in jumping rope.
To access resources and register for certain events through this site, you must first create a Member Profile.
Visit the following link to view a video of the May 2 launch!
As the movement continues to grow, please continue visit this site for updates.