Saturday, July 2, 2011

Congratulations Sole Jumpers! 2nd place winners in the "Seniors Division" at the 38th Annual American Double Dutch League World Invitational


Training workshops/demonstrations for local
organizations Spearheading health-related
programs for children

2010 – 2011 Season


American Double Dutch League World
Invitational Championship
June 17-18
Sumter County Exhibition Center
700 West Liberty Street
Sumter, SC 29150-4711

Double Dutch Skills Training
June 4
Dance 411 Studio
475 Moreland Avenue, SE, ATL 30316


Safe Girls Strong Girls
July 18, 2011
6135 Roosevelt Highway
Warm Springs, GA 31830

Sole Jumpers Summer Camp
June 20-24, 2011
Andrew and Walter Young YMCA
2220 Campbellton Road, SW
Atlanta, GA 30311

Summer 2011 @ The Kroc
The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps
Community Center
June 9 - August 11, 2011
967 Dewey Street SW, ATL 30310

Spring 2011 @ The Kroc
The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps
Community Center
April 15 - May 27, 2011
967 Dewey Street SW, ATL 30310


Annual Malcolm X Festival
May 21
111 Oak Street, ATL 30314

2nd Annual Fulton Family Wellness Day
April 30
Wolfe Creek Amphitheatre
3025 Merk Road, College Park 30349

3rd Annual Julius "Dr. J" Erving
Basketball Championship Game
April 21
The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps
Community Center
967 Dewey Street SW, ATL 30310 Health Fair
April 16
Grant Park Recreation Center
537 Park Avenue SE, ATL 30315

Ole' School Jump In 4 Health Double Dutch Style
April 8-9
The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps
Community Center
Andrew and Walter Young YMCA

6th Annual Children's Nutrition Education and Physical Activity Expo
March 26
Hosted by The Center Helping Obesity In Children End Successfully (C.H.O.I.C.E.S.)
Adamsville Recreation Center
3201 Martin Luther King Jr SW
Atlanta, GA 30311-1301

Spirit of the Heart Health and Wellness event
Saturday, October 30
Hosted by the Association of Black Cardiologists
Greater Travelers Rest Baptist Church
4650 Flat Shoals Parkway, Decatur, GA

Providence Baptist Church Fall Festival
Saturday, October 9, 2010
1773 Hawthorne Ave., College Park, GA 30337

Kwanzaa Celebration
December 29
Hosted by The Shrine of the Black Madonna
946 Ralph David Abernathy Boulevard
Atlanta, GA 30310-1827

2009 - 2010 Season

House in the Park (Fall '09)

Providence Baptist Church Community
Fall Festival (Fall '09)

Kipp West Atlanta Young Scholars (WAYS) Academy
(P.E. class, Fall '09)

World Natural Hair Health and Beauty Show (Spring '10)

5th Annual Children's Nutrition and Physical Fitness Activity Expo
(Spring '10) - keynote Mayor Kasim Reed

The 2nd Annual Julius "Dr. J" Erving Basketball Championship Game
Atlanta Youth Teams vs. Hempstead, NY
(Pre-Game entertainment, Spring '10,
The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corp Community Center)

Annual Youth Sustainability Summit
Hosted by Pearl Academy Agriculture & Environmental Center (Spring '09)

1st Annual World Fitness Day with Jane Fonda and Celebrity Friends
(to benefit Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention - G-CAPP.)
Event co-chairs: Stephanie and Arthur Blank, Ginny and Charles Brewer (Spring '09)

2008-2009 Season

The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corp Community Center
Open House (Spring '09)

World Natural Hair Health & Beauty Show
(Spring '09)

The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corp Community Center
Spring Break Camp (Spring '09)

Andrew & Walter Young YMCA Teen Health Challenge
- sponsored by the Dogwood Chapter of Links, Inc. (Spring '09)

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Our Practice Schedule

Tuesdays and Wednesdays
6:30-7:45 pm
YMCA Teen Center
Campbellton Road
Atlanta, Georgia 30311

Contact Us

Sole Jumpers Double Dutch
Co-founders: Sonya Gilkey, Tonya Conn and Gena Golden-Jones
2220 Campbellton Rd, SW, Atlanta, GA 30311


Calling all Double Dutch "Present and IN THE DAY" Jumpers

If you participate or have experienced the joy of Double Dutch now or in the past 50++ years, let us hear from you.
Tell us about your Double Dutch Experience.

To get started here's some childhood memories from our coaches:

As a child, double dutch had a special meaning in my life. I can remember how me and the girls of Peabody Court Projects in St. Louis, Mo., thought that we were the badest jumpers around and would challenge anyone who stepped into our court. I don't remember jumping with a rope but, a white wired clothes line that would hurt, if you missed and it hit you. Friendships were made, broken and mended over Double Dutch. We jumped early in the morning and late in the evening until the street lights came on. We all wanted to out jump the other and be good at turning and foot, two foot, hot peppers, turning around, touch the ground, jumping until your side hurt, running in and out, counting, singing, rhyming, laughing and just having good ole FUN!

--Coach Nandi (Atlanta)

As a child, double dutch had a special meaning in my life. I can remember being at school lunch time waiting for the whistle to blow to go outside and jump double dutch. We had teams and would compete against one another. We would challenge in speed, free style, and most of all timing. It was a very fun activity that we looked forward to playing on a daily basics. I remember playing double dutch in my neighborhood with one of my cousins and tying the rope to a gate because we didn't have another person to play with. We were always excited to jump double dutch and show off our free style tricks that we created.

-- Coach Keya, (Atlanta)

As a child, double dutch had a special meaning in my life." I can remember the long summer days where my friends and I grabbed our blue, pink, or white clothes lines to jump. We'd choose the rope, teams, and a person to serve as the "official" counter. The competition than began to determine the longest jumper -- singles and doubles. Our most prized possession where tricks involving criss-crossing, pop-ups, turnarounds, blind jump, etc. We'd jump until we could barely breathe. Soon after, we'd get some treats from the ice-cream man circling the neighborhood, and get right back out to the ropes! The best part of all was that the ropes brought everyone together -- girls from other apartment buildings/complexes, cousins visiting from further north and south. No matter who you were or where you came from, the ropes gave unspoken permission to join the game. For me, the ropes played a significant role in forming kindred spirits that seemed to last forever.

--Coach Tonya (Atlanta)

Growing up in the inner city of Philadelphia and being excited about the end of the school year so I could join all of my friends ‘on the block’ each morning to begin our day of ‘play’ . Like clockwork, we would gather outside to talk and catch up about what we will do in the summer time, who’s going to overnight camp, who’s going off to visit grandma or distant cousins, , who’s going to vacation bible school. No matter what our plans were, we always made time to pull out the ‘rope’ which was moms clothes line, and started jumping in the street. The street was our playground full of roller skating, bicycling, and basketball playing, tops and King Ball. Double dutch jumping was our favorite pastime, it was fun, intense and ‘serious business’. We jumped’ hard’ with the one goal in do well. For us this meant not getting hit across the face with that rope, or not stopping too short because that meant that you couldn’t ‘jump’. The superstars were those who could do ‘moves’ in the rope like singing and counting while cris crossing feet and jumping really fast as the turners tried to whip that rope ‘round and ‘round with a clap, clap, clap, clap sound as fast as they could. The jumper would jump in perfect alignment, her eyes fixed on the jumpers hands as her feet tapped the hot concrete sidewalk or the soft melting tar streets in perfect rhythm, tap, tap, tap, tap, tap tap, her back was bent and her arms were in running position as if she was a track star. Everyone was silent, she jumped until the turners couldn’t turn any more from exhaustion, she was a hero in the rope, that girl could j-u-m-p!!!

--Coach Nkeka (Atlanta)



If you look out your window on a sunny, summer afternoon, what will you see? You will likely see trees, green grass and parked cars, but what you won’t see is children. This is likely not the typical summer afternoon that you can recall from your childhood. What’s happening? Where are the children?

It is highly likely that these children are among the almost 90 percent of students who, according to a 2006 Georgia Youth Fitness Assessment, were not physically fit ,with only 40 percent participating in adequate physical activity. And what’s more, those “missing children” are probably one of the 37.3 percent of Georgia youth who are now overweight.

As adults in the community, we cannot sit on the sidelines watching the childhood obesity number steadily rise in Georgia. We cannot accept the fact that childhood and adolescent obesity rates are higher in Georgia than in the United States entirely! And we cannot help but realize the harsh reality that children who are minorities and from rural areas are more likely to be obese (according to the childhood obesity statistics provided by the Child & Family Policy Initiative, Childhood and Adolescent Prevalence in the United States and Georgia under Governor Perdue).

We had to take action that could make a significant, positive difference in reversing the exorbitant childhood obesity rates in Georgia.


The Benefits of Jumping Rope
(As reported by: Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services

Health-related benefits:
Helps to develop and improve:
Cardio-respiratory fitness/endurance
Muscle strength
Muscle endurance
Lean body mass
Mobility and flexibility
Strong, dense bones
Stress reduction

Skill-related benefits:
Helps to develop and improve:
Timing and rhythm

Academic-related benefits:
Jumping raises the heart rate and gets more blood to the brain, feeding it needed nutrients and oxygen for heightened alertness and mental focus.

Jumping and balance activities provide a framework for reading and other academic skills by strengthening the vestibular system, which creates spatial awareness and mental alertness.

The rhythmic aspects of jumping jump can help develop the internal dialogue needed to
Establish basic reading skills

Other benefits:
Jumping Rope:
Is fun
Is easy to learn
Is inexpensive
Fosters creativity and individuality
Helps build self-esteem and self-image
Helps build social skills
Burn up to 1000 calories per hour making it the most efficient workout possible – weight loss, agility, balance.
Tones muscles in the entire body, developing long, lean muscles in all major muscle groups, both upper and lower.
Optimizes cardiovascular conditioning and maximizes athletic skills.
Helps develop synchronistic skills by turning/jumping in singles and doubles.
Most comprehensive, beneficial exercise that children of all ages can do.
Parents need to ensure that their kids get enough exercise. All children 2 years and older should get at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous exercise.