I have been fascinated by the idea of a family tree for hoopers since Hooping.org columnist Lara Eastburn (pictured) first posted her request for information on one’s ‘hoop parents’ on Superhooper.org last summer. Though I’ve never been interested in my ancestral genealogy, I was intrigued by the idea of someone gathering and mapping information about where, how and from whom one’s hoop life was sparked into being. Since then my curiosity about who would initiate this potentially massive project prompted me to become online friends with her. One day I signed in to Facebook and saw her status that said simply, “I wish someone would interview me about The Hooping Family Tree Project” and I sent her an email saying that I’d love to do just that.
Lara has spent countless hours organizing the information she has received from hoopers around the world and putting it into a colorful, searchable online map. The Hooping Family Tree Project is rapidly growing and making it possible to track the history of hooping from it’s humble beginnings to the centerpiece around which an international community of hoopers has developed and continues to flourish. It has been my pleasure to get to know Lara through our conversations and glean just a little of what she has learned since she started the project.