Juneau Jumpers to hold spring show

Posted: Sunday, April 18, 2010

At the Juneau Jumpers' 25th annual Spring Show, to be held at 7 p.m. April 30 at Glacier Valley Elementary School, performers will share a variety of skills including gymnastics, choreography, rope manipulation, team and individual routines.

Courtesy Of Seanna O'sullivan Photography
Courtesy Of Seanna O'sullivan Photography

"Through the sport of rope skipping Juneau Jumpers encourages and establishes the love of health and fitness and the confidence that comes with showmanship," said coach Karen Ross. "Along with team demonstrations and competition, team representatives share their passion through satellite programs at several elementary schools."

Since 1985 the Juneau Jumpers have earned both national and international recognition in the sport.

"As you can imagine, the dedication to meet such achievements require individual goals and teamwork," Ross said.

The jumpers practice almost eight hours a week for regular practice and more prepping for performance and competition.

In the past month, they performed at the Gold Medal Basketball Tournament and Juneau Drill Team events. They recently hosted Region 9 Competition with 62 jumpers competing.

However, as a nonprofit organization their existence relies entirely on a staff of volunteer coaches, supportive parents and generous sponsors.

"They now begin the equally tough task of fundraising through the sales of raffle tickets," Ross said.

Prizes for this year's raffle tickets were donated by Alaska Airlines, Allen Marine Tours, TEMSCO, Wings Airways and White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad, plus door prizes from many local businesses.

"We thank Juneauites for their continued support and invite them to once again share in the amazement of their efforts with a spectacular show that families will enjoy and we hope will inspire others to join this program," Ross said.

For more information, visit www.juneaujumpers.org or contact Karen Ross at 321-8987 or Annette Ulmer at 957-0839.

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