Mike took up jump rope at age 11, and was soon competing across America, including USA Jump Rope Nationals and AAU Junior Olympics. In October, 2001, he traveled with Team USA to the World Championships in Seoul, South Korea. Since then, he has competed in every sanctioned World Championship, including those held in Belgium, Australia, Canada and South Africa. Like most others involved in jump rope, Mike dreams of making jump rope an Olympic sport. To help achieve this goal, Mike began planning to bring team jump rope to East Africa, and was soon traveling with his ropes across Tanzania and Kenya. Mike's ultimate aim: to provide new opportunities for all participants to experience success, develop healthy lifestyles, increase social ties, and take on roles of leadership and responsibility within their communities through mastery of the sport of jump rope.
Great news! Two of the trainers I worked with last year were chosen to attend a weeklong Double Dutch workshop in Paris, France. Herry (Tanzania) and Innocent (Kenya) have shown great dedication to the children they coach, and are now learning alongside coaches from South Africa, Senegal, Mozambique, Algeria, Burkina Faso, and France. The event began November 16th, and goes until the 21st.