Jump Rope and Hoops raises over $3,000

By Jeannie Lopez

Last week more than 100 students helped fight heart disease and strokes by participating in the Jump Rope for Heart and Hoops for Heart events.

Students from Rocky Hill Elementary collected over $3,000 for the American Heart Association. All funds raised went toward the research and to fight against the nation’s No. 1 leading cause of death, heart disease and the nation’s No. 3 cause of death, stroke.

"This school is awesome, they are one of our top schools in the central valley when it comes to raising money for this event," said Debbie Truhett, vice president of Youth Market for the American Heart Association.

"I collected money from my family and my family's jobs," said Matthew Preo, a fifth grader at Rocky Hill.

The American Heart Association created Jump Rope for Heart and Hoops for Heart as a way to get students involved in service learning projects by offering them ways to learn volunteering while integrating physical activity to participate in the Jump Rope and Hoops for Heart events.

The American Heart Association emphasizes that regular physical activity in childhood and adolescence improves strength, reduces anxiety and stress, helps control weight and builds self esteem. Young people can build a healthy lifestyle if they continue physical activity in their lives. Jump Rope for Heart and Hoops for Heart can help establish this important lifelong habit.

The Jump Rope for Heart and Hoops for Heart was a two hours and 45 minutes event that gave students an opportunity to participate in jump rope or basketball games. If the students decided to play basketball they were able to play games such as Basketball Drills, Hot-Shot Blitz and Quick Hand. In jump rope the students developed their jumping rope skills with speed, endurance and group games.

"It’s a lot of fun, it allows students to exercise and raise millions of dollars for the American Heart Association," said Wes Carr, P.E. teacher at Rocky Hill.

"I’ve done this for two years. I think it’s awesome and you get out of class for two hours to have fun," said Marty Lopez, fifth grader at Rocky Hill.

After two hours of excellent physical activity the event ended with award's and certificates to the top three students who raised the most money for the American Heart Association. First place winner was Jetina Matthews, who raised $211, second place winner was Robert Blake who raised $205 and third place winner was Michael Baker who raised $200.

For more information on how to donate to the American Heart Association or to have a Jump Rope for Heart and/or Hoops for Heart event go to www.americanheart.org or call 800-AHA-USA-1 (1-800-242-8721)

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