Jumping Rope for a Cause


Jumper Shareefah Williams performs a frog

As a member of a competitive jump rope team, I am striving to teach incentives for young people to get active. The older members of the team, along with myself are providing children with a chance to challenge childhood obesity.

According to letsmove.gov, “Over the past three decades, childhood obesity rates in America have tripled and today, nearly one in three children in America are overweight or obese. The numbers are even higher in African American and Hispanic communities, where nearly 40% of the children are overweight or obese. If we don’t solve this problem, one third of all children born in 2000 or later  will suffer from diabetes at some point in their lives. Many others will face chronic obesity-related health problems like heart disease, high blood pressure, cancer, and asthma.” 


Shareefah prepares for the landing…

Learning this jump rope trick serves as a way to interest children and teens to get active. This trick makes an “old game” a little more exciting and fun. Learning new tricks will serve as an incentive to get kids active. This video relates to impact and uniqueness. The goal is to impact lives and raise health awareness.

While taking pictures and video of Shareefah, I ran into a few problems. The room we were in was like a dance room. The mirror covered the entire wall. This was problematic because In many of my shots, I could see myself in the mirror along with my tripod. I played with the angles and found a few that I was able to only see Shareefah in the mirror. The other issue I had, was that my pictures were very blurry. Trying to catch the action shots were difficult at first. I tried the series shots, and programmed my camera to take multiple shots at a time. This did not help 🙁 . I played around with a few more settings and switched the camera to sports mode. The pictures came out more clear and I immediately saw the difference.

Are you ready to learn How to do a Frog Using a Single Rope? Once you’re finished, feel free to Move Your Body! This is an example of what my team has done. Shareefah and I are not in this particular video because it was produced during the school year, but we assisted in the choreography.



1 thought on “Jumping Rope for a Cause

  1. Bryant, Bailey E


    I liked your topic and thought your video was well done. Jump rope was a good way to tackle the issue of getting kids active, and it was neat that it is also something you have some experience and personal stake in.

    I loved that you broke down count two (the main part of the trick) and anticipated that it might be confusing. I think that was great for clarity’s sake. I also enjoyed the mix of stills, video and voice over material. The slow motion was great, as was the video close up of her shoes you used.

    The only few minor changed I would make are adding numbers to each step rather than counts and getting rid of the black between slides. Additionally, I didn’t know what to think of the voice over starting while the video was still on the title slide.

    As far as the blurriness goes, I would try to film on sport next time! Overall, good job!

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