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Hooping It Outside the Park

doris day [Hooping.org columnist Lara Eastburn hoops it up with the less expected.]

by Lara Eastburn

Has any hoop workshop ever been quite so incredible as the one I organized yesterday morning? It all happened in an elementary school cafeteria, but there wasn’t a kid in sight. School starts on Monday in these parts and, like so many teachers and staff around the country, the 45 school teachers and staff at this rural elementary school have spent the week preparing their rooms, curriculum, and sanity for the coming school year. Next week, our schools will begin another year with another budget cut, reduced staff, and not enough support for what they do. But not this morning. This morning, they will hoop.

A room full of first-time hoopers rates pretty darned high on my This-Is-Awesome list. But I didn’t know what to expect from my first time teaching a group who hadn’t come to a hoop class, you know, on purpose. I needn’t have worried. They. Loved. It. At first, things went along about like you’d expect. Some were gung-ho to give it a try. Others, nervous, moved to the back of the room. And the “I Can’t Hoop” chorus stuck together in strong numbers for a while. But then the tide began to turn and as it did, that elementary school cafeteria lit up in overdue laughter like it was the most glorious cathedral in the world. 45 new hoopers. 45 new school teachers and staffers with a new way to access instant stress-relief and a genuine smile.

Hooping Up Your After School Program

Hooping Hearts

Hooping Hearts

by Philo Hagen

With a new school year rapidly approaching, for some even sooner than others, we invite all of our hooping business owners out there, and those who’ve considered the idea of starting one, to consider an option that you may not have seriously thought of before. I’m talking, of course, about after school programs. In West Asheville, North Carolina, students in several Buncombe County Schools will be hooping it up after school this year with Hooping Hearts. Having teamed up with the YMCA’s Youth Fit for Life program, Evergreen Community Charter School, and Smart Start of Buncombe County, Hooping Hearts is taking hooping beyond the local Pritchard Park hoopjams and into the lives of kids, teachers and families who may not have previously had the outlet or opportunity to get to events and places where hooping might be found.

How did all this come about? Caitlin Gliedman (pictured), founder of Hooping Hearts, designed her curriculum using the North Carolina Standard Course of Studies, creating an after school program that promotes cardiovascular and emotional heart health using the hula hoop. Most school districts and/or counties have something similar in terms of guidelines or requirements that will help direct you in how to tailor hooping to the specific needs, goals and objectives of your community. Generally, however, motivated by the rising rates of child obesity everywhere and the widespread decrease in time allotted for physical activity during school hours, the idea alone of getting kids hooping after school can really hit the nail on the head if you’re adequately prepared. And best of all, hooping it up after school isn’t just a truly awesome idea for kids in your area, it just might be an awesome idea in helping you keep your hooping life vibrant, visible and viable.