Shiela Cliff has a vision: that every child in Santa Cruz County has the opportunity to experience fitness that is fun during their school day. She is the founder of Hoop Along – an active program that brings the joy of hula hooping to children in elementary schools throughout the Santa Cruz County and neighboring counties. With childhood obesity and diabetes on the rise, children need to move and play during school and yet the school day has become more sedentary. Hooping provides children with a fun new way to exercise, play, dance, and develop coordination. Plus, more physical activity results in better focus in the classroom.
A $1,200 grant from Bread for the Journey of Santa Cruz County has allowed Sheila to expand the Hoop Along program to two new schools in the Santa Cruz area that would otherwise not have access. The grant includes a full set of 30 hand-made hoops and hooping instruction for every class. If Sheila has her way, the Hoop Along program will soon have hoops in every school throughout the Santa Cruz County.