YMCA hosting ‘Jump-In’ competition, Healthy Kids Day
Each school site team picks a theme for music and costumes and choreographs a jumprope routine
– Hundreds of elementary school jump ropers from all over San Luis Obispo County will descend upon the Cuesta College gym Saturday, April 30 for the 8th annual Jump-In Competition. Put on by the San Luis Obispo County YMCA, this competition is two-part, with timed speed jumping and choreographed performances by YMCA after-school program participants.
This year, the event incorporates the Y’s Healthy Kids Day, and events will be happening across the nation. All Central Coast families are invited to come learn about the Y’s summer programs, and there will be information stations and activities promoting healthy eating and active living. There will be a raffle giving away a scooter, tee-shirts, and a free week of YMCA summer camp.
For the jump rope portion of the day, local students have been busy practicing and perfecting their jumping skills. Each school site team picks a theme for music and costumes and choreographs a routine. A panel of local judges will choose the best performances based on skill and creativity. The top three teams will get trophies. All participants will receive medals for their hard work and dedication.
The Jump-In event demonstrates the SLO County YMCA’s motto: “For youth development, for healthy living, for social responsibility.” Jumping rope is not only a great activity for kids after school but also an excellent form of exercise. It also encourages children to participate in other forms of exercise besides traditional sports teams.
This family-oriented competition at Cuesta College is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, April 30. There will be healthy living displays and fun for the whole family. The event is sponsored by Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center and is free to the public, parking is $2. More information can be found at sloymca.org.