TROY — You need to be dedicated to be a Troy Pop Rocks jump rope performer. That means practicing nine hours a week, seven months of the year so you are ready for the 20 shows the team performs annually. Troy Rotary club hosted two performers, Sadie Schaefer and Maggie Wannemacher, during the club’s weekly meeting on October 4th to learn more about the team’s success.
What started out in 2008 as a voluntary receation program to promote heart healthy activities has grown to a nationwide phenomenon. The team has traveled to different regional and national high school and college basketball games to perform during halftime. Once they take to the floor, jump rope, tumbling and elements of dance come together into a high energy, choreographed routine.
Open to students in grades third through eighth, it’s more than just a cool way to exercise. As a performer, each student has a chance to learn leadership skills, think creatively, and the importance of practice to perfect the performances they do. As the students move up in grade level, they gain more and more responsibility for the routines. To learn more and see videos of some of their performances, visit troypoprocks.com.
Troy Rotarians and the Troy Rotary Foundation support several community projects annually. During the 2015-16 Rotary year, over $23,000 in scholarships and community aid was distributed from the fund, including support for Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library program, Rotary’s annual Shoe Project, academic and community service scholarships, and sponsorships to summer camps at Brukner Nature Center and WACO Air Museum. The Troy Rotary Club is a member-involved, goal-oriented service club focused on socio/economic issues that have an impact both locally and internationally. Follow their activities on Facebook at Troy Rotary Club. To learn more about Rotary and membership, please visit troyohiorotary.org.