Supporting locals with Multiple Sclerosis
How the games began..
The joke started on October 13th 2010. High school Juniors, David Nassau and Gary Wexler, ‘Suited Up’ based on a reference from their favorite TV show, ‘How I Met Your Mother’ telling their friends that they were the first two Varsity Hopscotchers at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Three months later, they organized the first of what is now referred to as the Recess Olympics, raising money and awareness for Multiple Sclerosis in Honor of David’s father, who was diagnosed with MS a few years earlier.
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Why We Hop
Hopping 4 A Cure aims to support people and families in local communities who are diagnosed with or affected by Multiple Sclerosis. We do this by organizing exciting competitions based on nostalgic ‘old-school’ recess activities, namely our Hopscotch Tournaments and Recess Olympics. Funds raised locally, stay locally, given back through college, and caregiver support scholarships.
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Recess Olympics & Events
Go for the Gold and compete against friends, rival organizations and other community groups in one of our intense recess events ranging from 4-Square to Kickball. Other primary events include:
• Capture the Flag
• Jump Roping & Double Dutch
• Hula Hooping
We have ONE Rule: New Is Always Better. In addition to our Four-Square, Hula Hooping, Jump Roping, capture the flag, and kickball competitions, there are 4 Hopscotch events in a Hopscotch Tournament. These are the Official Hopping 4 A Cure Rules:
• Speed Hopscotch: (Individual, Timed) Hop the length of the Hopscotch Grid 4 times (2 laps)
• Endurance Hopscotch: (Individual, Timed) Hop the length of the Hopscotch Grid 12 times (6 laps)
• Challenge Hopscotch: (Individual, Bracketed) Hopscotch Tournament using Beanbags to eliminate their opponent
• EXTREME Hopscotch: (Teams of 3-5, Bracketed) Obstacle Course & Relay Race across Five (5) Consecutive Hopscotch Grids
Bespoke, monthly Recess competitions, focused on one specific Recess Activity, including Dodgeball, 4 Square, Basketball/Knockout, etc.
Each month, our chapters host these to raise funds and practice in preparation for the big Recess Olympics!
Honoring a loved one. Giving back on a birthday. Deciding to start a creative activity/event to support those affected by Multiple Sclerosis. There are many reasons why people set up fundraisers for Hopping 4 A Cure. What is yours?
Featured Olympic Coaches
Chapter President @ University of Florida
Entreprenur in Residence
Founder @ University of San Francisco