Philly Girls Jump: Using Double Dutch to bring community members together

Shara Dae Howard
May 26, 2019 - 9:26 pm
Philly Girls Jump 2019 kickoff event

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A Philadelphia group is celebrating almost four years of bringing together community members to get out and jump.

So, what is Philly Girls Jump? It’s a community event started by Dela Burns and Tanisha Rinehardt when they felt Double Dutch was beginning to feel like a lost art.

On Sunday, dozens hoped on over to Awbury Park, in Germantown to enjoy music, food and of course some jump rope.  

Burns says some of Sunday’s little jumpers had never heard of their favorite childhood game before.

“They have never even heard of Double Dutch before and to see them intimidated in the beginning and then to watch their confidence grow, it's amazing,” Burns said.

“We taught several girls how to jump today, and a couple boys too,” Rinehardt said.

They say Philly Girls Jump helps kids get fit and join in on their love of jumping rope.

Evette Mathis, of Germantown, says rain or shine she refused to miss this year’s kickoff event because to her it’s not just about jumping rope — it’s about connecting with a new generation.

“I'm constantly thinking, ‘We need to reach back, and they need to reach forward,’ because they keep me young,” Mathis explained.

So how did it go for some of the beginners?

“We just want to come out and have some fun. I can sort of spin a Double Dutch rope, but I can't Double Dutch at all,” 15-year-old Asha said laughing.

Well as the saying goes, practice makes perfect, and Philly Girls Jump says they plan to hold several chances for everyone to learn on June 23 and every fourth Sunday until September.