Is is your first time hosting a World Hoop Day? Read this and get inspired. 1st timers, Festival Hoopers, or School Assembly, we’ve got ideas for you.
There are oodles of places to start and we are so happy to have you aboard our vessel of peace.
It is VERY EASY to be a part of World Hoop Day. You can be as simple as gathering your friends, hoop, share with strangers, tell them that everyone in the world is hooping today (10 10 10) for peace and health. At Sunset I encourage everyone to have a prayer for peace, and a moment of silence to acknowledge that every one of us in responsible for making this planet better.
Some cities are very big and have lots of activities, or they celebrate in a fair, or with an open air festival (read below about festival hooping on WHD), or at a farmer’s market, or in a local park. We try to raise awareness about the global epidemic of obesity, and how hooping burns 100 kcal/ 10 minutes. That’s the same amount as running, and hooping is better for your knees and ankles. And it’s much more fun!
Giving them away is our ultimate goal, but this year, I’m inviting hoopers to sell their hoops to people who can afford to buy one and donate at least 10% of the sales to WHD.
FESTIVAL HOOPERS Many hoopers celebrate WHD at festivals. The Tri-numeral Festival, Women’s Rock Festivals, and FESTY are a few. Find out how to enrich the festival experience with hooping.
One of the responsibilities we have is making people aware of the global epidemic of obesity. It happens to those living in poverty as well as those of us in our country of excess. We all know that hooping creates a sense of peace, inner calm and happiness. When people hoop, they burn as many calories as if they were running: 100kcal/10 minutes and it’s way more fun, and better for the knees and ankles.
At your festival, the best thing to do is make a sign, inviting people to participate. Print out some pix from the website and add them. Encourage people to buy a hoop or donate what they can can. Tell them we use the donations to send hoops over seas, or to local charities to get kids and their families fit. Whatever hoops you sell, save 10% and send our way. If people want to give cash, tell them it’s tax deductible.
We can give 1 hoop for every $5-10 donation. There are lots of kids without toys in the world, and a hoop is also a portable fitness center. Also, be sure and mention the Day itself, where 1000’s gather around the world to hoop for peace. If it’s possible to have your moment of silence at sunset and wish everyone well, that is ideal. You may even make little cards or cut out paper strips to give them reminders when they buy their hoop. Enjoy the music, stay safe and keep enough space around you to avoid the people who aren’t looking where they’re going.
SCHOOL ASSEMBLY School age children have enormous motivation to help the planet, and have fun while doing it. This year’s WHD will be on a Sunday, and we encourage schools to have an assembly the Friday before to share our mission of keeping kids healthy.
Let’s get the hoop spinning (or the ball rolling). 1st you could ask your principal, then go to your school district office. Often they have funding for after-school programs or to get kids in shape programs. Buying hoops from a large supplier is economical and can be school property for decades to come. There are a few sources online for school gym supplies. Buying more hoops makes each hoop cost less.
You could recruit a few kids to make posters and signs for your walls and do you still do morning PAs? I remember that after the Pledge of Allegiance… to the Hoop of the USA. That is great way to announce World Hoop Day. Also, the PTA, as parents usually have the $, time and interest to help their school become a role-model school. Then, write the mayor, press, etc. Invite a local hooper from Hooping.org’s list of hoopers near you to perform and teach tricks.
I think you could create quite an impact. You may not get all of the people to respond or come, but since we are in it for the health of our nation, to fight obesity, to fight boredom… (I’m not a big fighter, but these words seem to inspire people to do something.) Time to hoop.