The Good that Comes of Community Hooping

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Over on Hoop City this week, Leah Shoemaker asked for some ways that hooping is beneficial to a community. She's writing a grant.

Though I've considered how hooping is good for individuals, I'd not really thought about the ways it can strengthen a community. So I came up with a list that I shared on Hoop City. Then I thought some more, and the list morphed into something longer and and a little deeper.

  1. Hooping allows a diverse group of people to participate:
    • suits all ages. Children, parents and grandparents can hoop and play together.
    • sees no biases in gender, race, religion, or politics.
    • practiced by people of different physical, emotional, and mental abilities.
    • needs no common language, or any language at all.
    • crosses cultural boundaries. Hula hoops are loved around the world.
  2. Hooping grows with the hoopers:
    • provides continuation - there's no end point, graduation or conclusion.
    • enjoyed equally as a casual pastime, an alternative lifestyle, or a serious profession.
    • allows expression from fitness to lyrical dance to clowning.
    • can be done at any level of intensity from gentle rehabilitation to challenging workout.
    • expands easily to fit new joiners.
  3. Hooping increases individuals' happiness:
    • opens and increases personal boundaries.
    • buoys spirits with play and laughter.
    • increases physical activity and health.
    • generates self-confidence through accomplishment and skill-building.
  4. Hooping increases community harmony:
    • adds to the number of happy, cooperative people.
    • encourages all members to participate.
    • creates face-to-face connections with neighbors.
    • realises shared goals, such as performances.
  5. Hooping builds ties with people outside the community:
    • connects hoopers worldwide through online and offline gatherings.
    • welcomes participants from other arts, education, and sports interest groups.

I am sure there are lots of other benefits a community might see. What can you think of that might apply to your community?

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