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A Chance for Newtown Kids to Jump Back

There will be a jump rope/Double Dutch workshop for all Newtown children ages 5+ and teens Thurs., Dec. 27. World-class jumpers from teams in CT, RI, and even South Africa will help lead the workshop.

Over the Christmas break, Newtown kids will get the opportunity to have fun with a classic children's activity - jump rope. There will be a jump rope / Double Dutch workshop open to all Newtown children ages 5 and up and teens on Thursday, December 27, from 10 am - noon at the Newtown Middle School, Gym A. Experienced athletes from Newtown's former competitive jump rope team, the Moon Jumpers, will lead the workshop, along with some special guests who want to show their support for the town. Guest instructors will include jumpers from champion jump rope teams in Torrington, CT, and Rhode Island, plus a couple of master jumpers from South Africa.

During the workshop, kids will be grouped according to age and ability to learn single rope tricks, Double Dutch, and even some advanced jump rope group skills, such as Chinese Wheel and Traveler.

The jump rope workshop is sponsored by Newtown Parks & Recreation, and there is no cost to attend. Newtown children only, please. Kids should come ready to jump, wearing sneakers and athletic clothing and with a water bottle.

We also hope to provide a free jump rope to every child who attends, and donate extra ropes to Sandy Hook School so kids can stay active and busy during this difficult time.

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Pam Patterson December 21, 2012 at 01:45 PM
Thank you to the Forbes Flyers Jump Rope Team, Hearbeat Enterprises, and Punk Rope for donating ropes, to Pride Jump Rope Team for donating water and helping with the event, and to USA Jump Rope for all your help and support.
Jen Evans December 22, 2012 at 05:08 AM
From the Heartbeats jump rope team in Medina, Ohio, all of our thoughts and prayers have been with you. Have a great workshop and let us know if we can assist you in any way! Love from Ohio!
Renee Nix December 22, 2012 at 09:59 AM
Jumpin' Allstars, from Brighton, MI... sends our Love and support as well! Merry Christmas! and please let us know if we can do anything to help! Love and praying for you all <3
Judy Davis December 22, 2012 at 04:10 PM
Best Wishes to all during the workshop from the Pouncing Panthers in Stonington, CT. We are sending our love and prayers to all the kids attending. Have a great time!
Pam Patterson December 22, 2012 at 05:24 PM
Here's a video showing some of the talents of Sibu, one of the jumpers from South Africa coming to help with the workshop - a real opportunity for the kids of Newtown to see and learn from amazing, world-class athletes - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=taYsN6BRjrc&list=UUlVn_YTuRumy1j2SFefyb6w
Pam Patterson December 26, 2012 at 04:58 PM
Change because of possible snow Wednesday night: Saturday, December 29 (new date) 5 - 7 pm (new time) Edmond Town Hall Gym (new location)

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