The Heartbeats Jump Rope Team is a not-for-profit amateur athletic organization (recognized by IRS as a 501(c)(3) group) with young athletes from Northeastern Ohio. As members of the United States Amateur Jump Rope Federation (USAJR) and the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU), the Heartbeats participate in competitions at the regional, national and international levels. Our team regularly competes in the USAJR National Championship and the AAU Junior Olympics and is committed and strongly involved in assisting the sport to eventually become an Olympic event.
Since the team was founded in 1992, it has risen to national and international acclaim in the sport of jump rope. Many outstanding achievements by the team in competition are complemented by their local, regional and national exposure from performances at parades, festivals and professional and amateur sporting events.
Members of the Heartbeats have appeared in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade four times. Most recently, the team was part of the Parade in 2015 and organized a group of 120 jump rope athletes from across the country under the name J.U.M.P. (Jumpers United for Macy’s Parade). After jumping the entire 2.8 mile Parade route, the group was telecast by NBC on live television with a routine from Herald Square.
Giving back to the community has always been a major goal of the Heartbeats. The team conducts performances each year for schools and other community organizations. Our mission of demonstrating that health, wellness and fitness can be fun for all ages, allows us to bring performances to groups all over Northeast Ohio.
Not to be overlooked is the dedication of the Heartbeats to the teaching the sport of Jump Rope to new generations of jumpers. Team members have participated in jump rope clinics and workshops throughout the United States and around the World. Based at Pinnacle Sports in Medina, Ohio, the Heartbeats conduct classes for kids that want to learn how the sport can build coordination, foot skills, stamina, endurance and body strength.