What started as my personal desire to heal myself by helping to heal others has blossomed into an incredible ongoing project with a tremendous impact on at-risk teens in Memphis. And as it turns out, there’s a growing number of hoopers who are interested in doing the same thing! Together with the Hooper Troopers‘ Adriene Holland, Abbey Pommer, and Megan Simpson plus fellow hoopers Charity Novick, Melissa Wiggins, and Meredith Melvin, we volunteer our time to teach weekly hoop classes to the girls in Youth Villages Memphis area residential treatment programs. Hooping gives these at-risk teens a healthy way to get exercise, reduce stress, develop coping skills, and improve their self-confidence. We also make and donate handcrafted hoops for use in their recreational therapy program, and help each girl design and make her own hoop to take with her when she leaves the treatment program.
We’d like to offer immense gratitude to both Lowe‘s and Identi-Tape.com for their donations of hoop supplies. And of course all our friends, family, and supporters who have contributed time, money and moral support towards our efforts. Together we have donated over 100 hoops to the girl’s at the Bartlett campus to date and couldn’t have done it without the generosity of these two companies and everyone involved.
We are also very honored to have recently been nominated by Youth Villages for Volunteer Mid-South’s Spirit of Giving award in the small group category.
We started in Fall 2011 with the Bartlett Girls Center for Intensive Residential Treatment and recently expanded to Paidia’s Place Group Home, Dogwood, and Deer Valley boy’s campus in Linden, TN. We are also branching out to coordinate other yoga and dance volunteers for Youth Villages, and have expanded to other organizations in the mid-south area including an after-school program at Orange Mound Community Center. Learn more about Youth Villages Memphis-area programs and ways you can get involved to help make a difference in the lives of at-risk teens in our community.
We are also excited to have recently hosted The Hooping Life independent film screening as an extremely successful fundraiser event for Youth Villages, where we raised $2,007.54 for recreational therapy programs such as ours. And we had a great time sharing The Hooping Life with our community!
Check out some great recent press about our fundraiser event and our work with Youth Villages:
Healing Hoops | We Recommend – Memphis Flyer: Aug 2, 2012
Memphis Hooper Troopers use passion for hooping to help themselves and the community – Memphis Commercial Appeal: July 30, 2012
Memphis Hooper Troopers Spin Up Community – Hooping.org: July 30, 2012