ACCESSIBLE to all (hoops are cheap, can be handmade, basic movements can be mastered in a few minutes).
A FUN way to MOVE and be HEALTHIER.
A form of SPIRITUALITY.
An ENTREPRENEURIAL venture for thousands of hoopers and mom and pops hoop stores.
Year-round hooping gatherings worldwide: Hoop Camp in California, Hoop Convergence in North Carolina, Midwest Hoop Fest in Indiana [http://www.midwesthoopfest.com/], UK Hoop Gathering, Hoopurbia in Berlin, Germany, Sacred Circularities in Bali, Indonesia, Hoopy Happenings in Australia, Nortwest Hoop Gathering in Oregon, Hoopfest New England, Hoopyweekend in Finland, European Hoop Convention in Germany, Hoop Connections in Panama, Spin Matsuri in Japan with Guru-Guru Camp, New Zealand HoopFest, The Spin Summit in Colorado, Florida Flow Fest and many more…
Annual World Hoop Day (WHD) is a global charity event: hoopers from all over the world congregate locally to hoop together giving away hoops to their communities while donating thousands of hand-made hoops to children living in extreme poverty worldwide. Founded in 2006 by hoopers Annie and Kevin O’Keefe, and Stefan Pildes of GrooveHoops, WHD is a nonprofit organization that uses a community-based, grass roots approach. Over 10,000 hoops have been donated in the past 4 years. WHD is celebrated every year on the tri-numerals. This year on 12-12-2012.
Countries reached by WHD Active Ambassadors include: Tanzania, Senegal, Liberia, Pakistan, Nepal, Japan, Jamaica, Brazil, Mexico, Thailand, Uganda and many more
Since 2010, The WHD Dance project created by Kristen McQuillin from Spin Matsuri in Tokyo allows hoopers worldwide to learn and perform a choreographed hoop dance that is later compiled into one dance video as part of the World Hoop Day celebrations.
In 2011, the final video compilation included 317 dancers in 11 countries and 41 different locations. View on YouTube »
Hooping for HopeTM (HFH) was founded in Nashville, Tennessee by hoop fitness instructor Sunny Becks-Crumpton in 2008.
Annually Sunny leads a team of hoopers in a half marathon where they hoop the entire 3-day Komen walk in DC. Sunny began HFH on behalf of her aunt who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008. Her mission is quite simple… enhance the lives of breast cancer survivors around her by raising money for cancer research through hula- hooping. HFH provides weekly hoop fitness programs to breast cancer survivors free of charge.
Healing Through Hoops Run by Brandy Hug in Birmingham, Healing through Hoops was born from the 2011 devastating tornadoes in Alabama and surrounding areas in. Brandy makes and donates hundreds of hoops to children in disaster-struck areas. Disaster relief handles food, water, and housing. Brandy brings the joy.
Hooping For Peace (HFP) organized a two-day event featuring speakers, panel discussions and hula-hooping during the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver, Colorado. Speakers included the co-founder of the Iraq Veterans’ Refugee Aid Association and former Army Captain, Luis Montalvan as well as author, scholar and professor of Islamic studies Dr. Liyakat Takim and many others. Spearheaded by Atlanta-based Iranian American attorney, “War on Error” author, activist and hula-hooping enthusiast Melody Moezzi, “Hooping for Peace” is a celebratory call for peace employing hula-hoop diplomacy.