World Hoop Day 2011 brought hoopers together in cities and towns all over the world on Friday and throughout the weekend to spin things up in support of world peace, while raising funds to put hula hoops in the hands of needy kids around the globe. The special once-a-year celebration has become a truly International Holiday. World Hoop Day’s CEO, Hoopin’ Annie O’Keefe, told Hooping.org, “World Hoop Day 2011 was spectacular! It was our biggest event to date and we had more events happening in more cities and places than ever before. Thank you everyone for all of your love and support. Because you believe anything is possible, appreciation and gratitude are becoming the most important values of humanity. This community is making that happen!”Around the planet hoopers were spinning hoops up in droves with events taking place this year on six continents! USA Today best selling author Kalayna Price shared World Hoop Day with her fans, while Britain’s Got Talent favorite Marawa the Amazing celebrated WHD by spinning 111 hoops for 11/11/11. Many celebrations this year included classes, as well as games and events specifically for children, while some included performance showcases.
Zyrko & Shinne both performed at Huladdicion’s World Hoop Day event in Mexico City, Mexico. Don’t miss it. Other noteworthy performances already online include Brandy & Keller’s, Krista and T-Rav’s and Luna Breeze’s in St. Louis, Missouri, as well as Laura Scarborough’s in Austin, Texas.
In Santa Cruz, California, hoopers celebrated World Hoop Day by doing the World Hoop Day Dance together – on the water – on Stand Up Paddle (SUP) Boards. It’s a must see. Others who are already sharing their WHD celebrations online range from a Flash Mob in Boston, Massachusetts, to a celebration in Columbia, Missouri that scored some great press as well. Adult hoopers danced in Lynn, Massachusetts, while a crew of gifted kids delivered it in Marietta, Georgia.
In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the Creative Kids Club and the Hooping Heroes Management Team presented World Hoop Day 2011 at the North Bowl Bowling Alley.
Other WHD celebrations now online were held in Portland, Oregon, in Raleigh, North Carolina with Team North Carolina from The Amazing Hoop Race, as well as in Salt Lake City, Utah, San Francisco, California, Spring, Texas, Springfield, New Jersey, Tucson, Arizona and Washington, DC.
Hoopers in Melbourne, Australia, got their World Hoop Day dance on.
Of all the World Hoop Day Dancers, Hooping.org tips our hats to Anastasia and Seryna, filmed here at Ida Anne Lake in Langford, British Columbia. Other Canadian hoopers who’ve already shared online celebrated WHD in Hasting, Ontario, as well as in Victoria, British Columbia.
In Brighton, England, World Hoop Day events included several flash mobs like the one above. Another event with fire performers was held in Portsmouth, England.
In Tampere, Finland, hoopers celebrated WHD 2011 by day indoors and by night under the stars with fire hooping. In Helsinki, Finland, hoopers were dancing for World Hoop Day as well.
Our hoop friends in Paris, France, celebrated World Hoop Day at the Eiffel Tower.
The first World Hoop Day celebration was held this year in Hamburg, Germany.
Hoopers celebrated World Hoop Day in Distrito Federal (Mexico City), Mexico.
Star and Tink dance on Japan’s largest sand dunes in Tottori, Japan.
It was a trance orient express World Hoop Day in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Of course, you didn’t need a crowd to celebrate World Hoop day. Perhaps you were like Meredith who celebrated with the beauty of New York City and the light of the moon. Another noteworthy solo celebration took place on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
Hooping.org is proud to be a Gold Sponsor of World Hoop Day and to watch it grow every year with more and more people embracing the hoop. The more people hoop, the happier they are. The happier people are, the better our world is and whirling around the world, World Hoop Day Ambassadors of Peace give hoops away to children and families in need with gifts being donated all year long. And even though World Hoop Day is over for another year, you can still donate to this important cause and share the gift of play and joy and exercise by vistiting WorldHoopDay.org. Stay tuned for more World Hoop Day coverage tomorrow and the exciting finale of The Amazing Hoop Race, Hooping.org’s WHD inspired virtual hula hoop race around the world, on Wednesday.