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DIAD Hula Hoop Games

The Done-in-a-Day committee is working with the Ballard Boys and Girls club to bring fun activities and programing to children in our community as part of supporting the Combatting Childhood Obesity focus area.

Ballard Boys & Girls Club
1767 NW 64th St
Seattle, WA 98107

The Done in a Day committee partnered with professional instructors “Betty Hoop” and “Miss Birdy” to provide a fun afternoon of yoga and hula hoop games for the Ballard Boys and Girls Club.  Early arrivals had the opportunity to go on a tour of the facility and hear about the programs that the Boys and Girls club specializes in.

Our first session started with a group of 16 “Monkeys” and “Geckos” (kindergarten & 1st grade).  The instructors lead the class in a great yoga warm-up to get the kids focused and stretched for the hoops. Then it was on to the main event, hula-hoop games!  Nine of our enthusiastic JLS ladies were on hand to jump in on the hooping fun, which included: running the tunnel, musical hoops and learning some hoop basics.  The young ones definitely showed us a thing or two about flexibility and boundless energy.

Following our initial session with the little ones, the classroom leads brought a new group of 25 kids from the “Tigers” and “Lions” groups which were as old as 12.  While the boys seemed a bit too cool when they first came in, the challenge and competition spirit got them quickly and they jumped right in to show us their skills.  With this group the instructors were able to do some great choreographed dances with the hoops.

The instructors did an amazing job of keeping everyone involved and adjusting to the levels of the different age groups as they came through.  It seemed like a fun event for all involved and was a great way to get involved directly with the community while driving a strong connection to our combatting childhood obesity pillar.  Our JLS ladies and the instructors all mentioned what a good time they had and how much they enjoyed being able to interact with the kids in such a positive and fun environment.  The Boys and Girls Club coordinator was very happy with the event and looks forward to partnering on another hoop games class soon.

The Boys and Girls Club coordinator said, “The kids really love it when new people/groups come in to lead them through new activities for them to participate in.” The Junior League of Seattle looks forward to going back for more fun with the wonderful staff and children at the Boys and Girls Club.

Junior League of Seattle and Seattle Tilth

JLS Volunteers at Seattle Tilth's Demonstration Garden.

In an effort to heighten awareness towards combating childhood obesity, the Seattle Junior League partnered Seattle Tilth at their Good Shepherd Garden in Wallingford on a blustery fall afternoon.  Seattle Tilth is a nationally recognized non-profit educational organization dedicated to inspiring and educating people to garden organically and conserve natural resources.  They teach adults and kids how to grow food, compost, garden organically, raise urban livestock, and conserve natural resources.   Their vision is to transform the NW region into the organic gardening capital of the world.  Their philosophy is simple – teach the children about healthy eating and lifestyles so they can pass on what they learned to mom and dad at home.

During the service shift, Junior League members were able to compost leaves, scatter mulch, harvest lavender, fortify worm habitats, and help put the gardens “to bed for winter” at Seattle Tilth’s the adult learning center.  Members got to bring their children and were excited to be able to partake in a variety of activities.  Since most that attended were true gardeners at heart, all were thrilled at the educational lecture on composting we received by an industry expert.  As an added bonus, we were all invited to take home bouquets of fresh lavender.

Check out photos of the event on Facebook!