Coaching Corps Chapters across the state joined The California Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (CAHPERD) on October 11 to help break a world record for the most jumping jacks done in 24 hours. National Geographic Kids spearheaded this international event in association with First Lady Michelle Obama as part of her “Let’s Move Campaign” to fight childhood obesity.
To achieve their goal, participants would have to beat the previous Guinness World Record of 20,425 jumping jacks. Of course, the event was about more than setting a record. “We wanted to demonstrate that we can make exercise happen for kids in a fun and low-cost way,” said Chris Fajardo, Team-Up for Youth’s Manager of University Chapters.
On each of the five California campuses where Coaching Corps Chapters currently operate – including Dominican, Stanford, UC Berkeley, UCLA and UC San Diego –college students gathered to do jumping jacks for 60 seconds each so they could be counted according to National Geographic Kids submission protocol. By the end of the official 24-hour period, a total of 101 Chapter members had jumped on behalf of Coaching Corps to break the world record.
While it will take awhile to collect the official number of participants and jumps, an unofficial tally had already reached more than 26 thousand after the first few hours of the event. “Needless to say, a record will be broken, and our Coaching Corps Chapters will have been a part of it,” says Fajardo.