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Jump Rope For Heart and Hoops For Heart are national programs jointly sponsored by SHAPE America and the American Heart Association.

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About Jump Rope For Heart


Jump Rope For Heart and Hoops For Heart are educational fund development programs that are co-sponsored by AAHPERD and the American Heart Association. These programs promote physical education and provide children with knowledge of heart disease and stroke while raising funds for cardiovascular disease research, stroke research, and health education.  


Each year more than 7 million children participate in a JRFH or HFH event, uniting parents, students and the community in an important cause. By participating in these events, students are given the opportunity to contribute to the fight against heart disease and stroke by raising money for research and education.  


Jump Rope For Heart and Hoops For Heart are unique because they have an educational component. Every coordinator that conducts an event receives educational materials and lesson plans that focus on heart disease and stroke related issues such as heart attack and stroke warning signs, the importance of physical activity, and an anti-tobacco message.  Beyond the educational materials, teachers also receive jump ropes to use in their classrooms and have the opportunity to earn US GAMES certificates to purchase new physical education equipment for their programs.


You too can make a difference– sign up to hold a JRFH or HFH event in your school, child care center, community center, or anywhere! 


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The elementary school years encompass a time when children should establish a strong foundation for movement skills. These are also the years when positive learning experiences can help establish a positive attitude and appreciation for participating in regular, daily physical activity for life. The best reason of all to join this event is that kids love it!   


Jump Rope For Heart... 

  • Is a fun event! 
  • Promotes community service. 
  • Is an educational program for elementary school students. 
  • Raises money to fund lifesaving research and educational programs.
  • Teaches students to set and achieve goals and discover that they can make a difference!
  • Created by a physical education teacher in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1978.

Regular physical activity in childhood and adolescence improves strength and endurance, reduces anxiety and stress, helps control weight, builds healthy bones and muscles, and increases self-esteem. Young people can build healthy bodies and establish healthy lifestyles well into adulthood by including physical activity in their daily lives. The Hoops For Heart event can help you establish this important lifelong habit!


Hoops For Heart...

  • Teaches middle school students to set and achieve goals and discover that they can make a difference!
  • Gives kids the opportunity to work on basketball skills and play exciting skills games such as Hot-Shot Blitz, Top Gun and Quick Hands.
  • Funds critical research and educational programs that fight heart disease and stroke, our nation's No. 1 and No. 4 killers.
  • Began in 1989, and was created by two physical educators in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
  • Involves the entire school in a lot of fun!