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KAHPERD and Hoops for Heart

Hoops For Heart (HFH) is a national fundraising program jointly sponsored by SHAPE America and the AHA. HFH promotes physical activity, heart healthy living, and community service. HFH targets middle school students, but anyone can hold a JRFH event. Hoops For Heart...

  • Is a fun event for the entire school!
  • Promotes community service
  • Is an educational program for middle school students
  • Funds lifesaving research and educational programs that fight heart disease and stroke
  • Teaches students to set goals and discover that they can make a difference! 

How Partnership Works 
HFH events are conducted in schools by physical education instructors, coaches or teachers and can be scheduled whenever it’s convenient — during physical education class, lunch or before or after school. Once you register, you’ll receive an event kit with everything you need to conduct a successful HFH event:

  • Step-by-step instructions on scheduling, promoting and conducting the event.
  • Educational modules for heart-healthy curriculum to support heart awareness with the event.
  • Tips for fundraising. Participants ask friends and family for donations and receive thank-you gifts based on the dollars they raise. Our online tool makes raising money safe, easy and fun for families and schools.
  • Training and support from an experienced American Heart Association staff person.
  • Teachers receive opportunities for professional development at the state/national level.

During Hoops For Heart Events

  • Kids learn the value of community service and become empowered to contribute to their community’s welfare.
  • Children join together in helping other kids with special hearts.
  • Students learn how to develop heart-healthy habits while being physically active.
  • Participants learn jump rope and basketball skills they can use for the rest of their lives.
  • Kids raise funds for research and outreach programs that can save lives.

Benefits for Your School

  • HFH is a great service learning project offering students a terrific way to participate in community
  • Service fund research and educational programs that impact every community
  • Integrate physical activity and critical thinking skills
  • Encourage cooperative activity
  • Provide fun ways to support physical education and health education standards
  • Reward  schools with physical education gift certificates based on dollars raise

Why it's an Important Event

  • Heart disease ranks as this nation's No. 1 killer
  • Stroke is No. 3 and a leading cause of serious disability
  • Every year, 1 million people die from cardiovascular disease and stroke -- that's 1 of every 2.5 deaths in the United States
  • Cardiovascular disease and stroke may remain critical problems in the future because of poor lifestyle habits among American adults and children
  • Over 15 % of children and adolescents are now overweight
  • 4 million children have above-normal blood pressure
  • 27 million children have high cholesterol

Getting Started

If you are interested in signing up to coordinate a Jump Rope for Heart or Hoops for Heart event contact Jenny Nixon, AHA Regional Vice President,Youth Market (KS/MO/SoIL), jenny.nixon@heart.org or KAHPERD Joint Projects Chairs Jaime McVeyjmcvey@usd374.org, AHA staff will provide you will necessary tool kits to help you organize your event. KAHPERD will also provide support upon request.

KAHPERD Incentives

  • Each Hoop/Jump Rope for Heart Coordinator, who completes an event, will receive a redeemable coupon for $10.00 off membership in KAHPERD. 
  • KAHPERD will electronically deliver the coordinator incentive with a printable attachment. This coupon must be redeemed by May 31st  of the following year.
  •  KAHPERD Executive Director will reward coordinators who raised $5000+ with one free one year KAHPERD membership. (9/11)
  •  KAHPERD Executive Director will contact and reward coordinators who raised $7500+ with one (1) free KAHPERD convention registration that must be redeemed by May 31st of the following year. (9/11)

AHA Incentives

American Heart Association Incentives

  • AHA presents an official JRFH/HFH Banner to each school completing an event.
  • Event coordinators also receive a thank-you gift from AHA.
  • AHA awards US GAMES gift certificates to event coordinators who reach a minimum of $1,500. These certificates can be used to supplement the school’s physical education equipment and supplies.
  • If a coordinator refers a non-participating school and the new school completes an event that raises $1000 or more, the referring coordinator will receive a $50 US Games gift certificate.

Event Raises

Certificate Value

$1,500 to 2,999


$3,000 to 4,999


$5,000 to 7,499


$7,500 to 9,999


$10,000 to 14,999


$15,000 to 19,999


$20,000 to 24,999


$25,000 to 29,999


$30,000 to 34,999



SHAPE America Incentives

Your Kansas Contacts

Jaime McVey  KAHPERD Joint Projects Chair

Rebecca Giles, AHA Youth Market Director (KS)

4254 N. Sweet Bay | Wichita, KS 67226  | 316.258.5590