Proform Airborne, a local jump roping team, will be sending a few of its members to the Junior Olympics in July.
While most people are used to seeing jump ropes used for workouts and recess activities, the jump roping this team does isn’t something you’d commonly see on a playground.
“If people have seen our team perform, then they get a completely different view of what is possible with a jump rope,” said the head coach of the team, Monica Foster.
All the kids on the team have worked very hard to get to where they are. Foster said this year has been especially difficult, because COVID-19 caused many of their performances and events to be cancelled. The kids, however, remained motivated and continued practicing even though they had little opportunity to showcase their skills. For team members this means practice at least three times a week as well as practice at home both individually and in groups of two.
To help cover the cost of attending the Junior Olympics, some team members are teaching at jump rope workshops. Foster said team members begin teaching others as soon as they are accepted on the team, so they have a lot of skills and experience to offer those attending. The cost of the 90-minute workshops is $10. More information can be found on the Proform Airborne website.