This past month us Baltimorans had the great fortune of having the Hoopgirl team (led by the incredible Candice Schutter and JennaLuna) grace us with their presence for the first-ever East Coast Teacher Training. It was truly an inspirational weekend full of positivity and LOVE for all. When I was still living in Seattle and had first discovered the neo-hooping movement around 2005, it was (pictured) Christabel “Hoopgirl” Zamor’s presence online that planted the seed of what would later become my current Mid-Atlantic hooping enterprise. One of the many things that stood out as exciting during the training was the emphasis on cooperation, collaboration, and community-building amongst different hoopers and hooping professionals over the less-than-desirable trait of competitiveness. It is, of course, open and smiling hearts that build bridges and collaborative creations and help more and more folks experience all the goodness within the revolution of the hoop. In addition, it’s also always just fascinating to see how other folks approach sharing their hooping knowledge, style & gifts with others- both the similarities and differences to one’s self. I am pleased to have Hoopgirl to add to my ever-growing list of sweet, sassy, & smart hooper-influences within our global hooping community~
Archive for March, 2009
This is the fourth year that my family’s joined the annual Race for Hope in Washington DC to fight against brain tumors, remember loved one/s lost, and actively support brain tumor survivors. For the first couple of years we called ourselves Team Mimi, in honor of my dear mother Mary Ann who passed away in November 2006 from a Glioblastoma. This past year, in May of 2008 my big brother Thomas was also diagnosed with a brain tumor~ and has been an incredibly strong, positive, and healthful spirit in the face of it all. In 2009 we’ve renamed ourselves SuperPowers! to incorporate our awesome family name, in addition to epitomizing what we feel our team is really all about~ spreading love and light and strength in the midst of hardship… just like your average superhero.
Hoop for Hope is HoopingPowers creation to honor all people effected by brain tumors with the positive movement of the hoola hoop, in addition to raising critical funds necessary to fight the good fight. It’s FUNdraising at it’s best, folks! On the morning of race day, May 3rd, in Washington DC’s Freedom Plaza, Noelle & friends of SuperPowers! will provide colorful new hoops for race participants to take home with them, in exchange for a suggested donation to the Race itself. Remember, hooping is great bi-lateral brain stimulation that easily induces joy, energized calm, and the creation of healthy new neural pathways. Please do take this opportunity to hoop for a great cause, and join team SuperPowers! in the process. You can donate &/or register to be a part of the SuperPowers! team by going to Race for Hope, going to Race Team List under Quick Links on the left-hand menu bar, and scrolling down to the alphabetical listing of teams and searching for SuperPowers! Thank you in advance for all your support!