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KAHPERD and Jump Rope for Heart

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

  • Is a fun event!
  • Promotes community service
  • Is an educational program for elementary students
  • Raises funds for lifesaving research and educational programs
  • Teaches students to set goals and discover that they can make a difference! 

How Partnership Works 
JRFH 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 JRFH 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 Jump Rope 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

  • JRFH is a great service learning projects 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 Youth Marketing Director, jenny.nixon@heart.org or KAHPERD Joint Projects Chair Jaime McVey,  jmcvey@usd374.org.

AHA staff will provide you will necessary tool kits to help you organize your event. KAHPERD will also provide support upon request.

You Can Make a Difference

You don’t have to be a heart surgeon to cure heart disease... just a teacher who volunteers his/her time to deliver a lifesaving message. JRFH and HFH event coordinators are part of a nationwide network of educators dedicated to providing valuable community service while educating their school’s students and families about the importance of daily physical activity, proper nutrition, and healthy lifestyle choices.

Become a heart hero! Hold an event at your school.


KAHPERD Incentives

  •  KAHPERD  will reward coordinators who raised $5000+ with one free one year KAHPERD membership. (9/11)
  •  KAHPERD  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 Marketing Director

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