Yesterday Del Rey Elementary School in Orinda, California, set a new Guiness World Record. With 402 students participating in a five minute hula hoop workout, they smashed the previous record set by 290 students in Hutchinson, Kansas, in November 2012. The event organizer, Eric Menke, said that the event wasn’t just about fitness or hula hooping. He wanted to use this event to teach students three life lessons: (1) Anything you put your mind to you can achieve (2) Never dream small – always dream big (3) Always believe in yourself. With a new world record under their belts, it’s safe to say the students at Del Rey learned all three lessons and then some. More photos available here.
Running a family hooping business from home means that there’s little-to-no separation between hooping and our family life. And that works for us just fine! Lafayette (we call her Laffy) may have just celebrated her first birthday, but she’s already played with more hoops than many adults will ever see. 6 year-old Navi is often a source of inspiration for this column and now declares she wants to “make hoops” like her daddy and me when she grows up. This week I found myself thinking about how other parents weave their hooping lives into their family lives. And more specifically, I wondered how their hooping practice informs their parenting. I posed the question online and got some incredibly thoughtful (and thought-provoking) answers. No surprise, the family that hoops together has a whole lot of fun together. But as it turns out, they get much, much more. Read on for some downright inspirational stories.