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  • IAHPERD Convention 2018 +

    Be the Champion

    November 15 - 16, 2018

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Jump Rope For Heart (JRFH) and Hoops for Heart are national fundraising programs sponsored jointly by SHAPE and the American Heart Association. JRFH and HFH is a valuable program that promotes physical activity, heart healthy living, and community service to children. JRFH is targeted at students in elementary schools and HFH is targeted for middle and high schools, but anyone can hold either program at their school, child care center, community center, or anywhere! 

IAHPERD is proud to be associated with the American Heart Association and promoting the Jump Rope for Heart and Hoops for Heart programs in Illinois.  Thorugh grants and awards, the IAHPERD has extended the importance of the program.  PLease take a look at the links on this page to view and/or participate in some of the programs.

Read the latest issue of "The Pulse Online". A seasonal newsletter put out by the American Heart Association and SHAPE.


This award is to honor coordinators from Illinois who have been involved with the Jump or hoops for Heart event. The winner(s) will receive the following:

  • One free IAHPERD membership and convention registration
  • Two free years SHAPE membership
  • Honored during the IAHPERD awards session with a plaque and coordinators jacket


  • Must be a current member of IAHPERD
  • Must have been a coordinator for either Jump or Hoops for Heart for the past five years
  • Must do a session at the state convention about the event. The session can   be apart of a group panel or by doing an individual session.


  • Individuals can be nominated by themselves, AHA staff members, IAHPERD members or districts, or other individuals
  • All applications must be typed and postmarked by August 1 or sent by email in Word form to the chairperson of the IAHPERD state Jump and Hoops Committee
  • Two letters of recommendations must accompany the application
  • Complete the application form and write a one page description of the school’s event

Description items for the event:

  • Describe the success of the school’s event
  • Describe creative an unique ideas that the school does during and leading up to the event
  • Describe any use of survivor stories or dedications that have been done during the event
  • Describe any involvement which involves the staff members and community

Professional Affiliations / Activities:

  • Describe professional affiliations and activities (memberships, organizations, elected offices in professional organizations)
  • Describe an honors or awards that you have received relating to the Jump or Hoops for Heart program or HPERD organization

The IAHPERD State Jump and Hoops for Heart committee will review all applications and the applicants will be notified about the award after August 15. Please contact Mary Kennedy for questions.

All applications should be sent or emailed to by August 1:

All applications should be sent or e-mailed to:

Mary Kennedy
1104 Westfield Drive
Champaign, IL 61821

In cooperation with:
AAHPERD Joint Projects Committee
American Heart Association

  Check out the Outstanding JRFH Coordinators for 2010


  • Role of Physical Education in Enhancing Adolescent Mental Health - May 3rd +

    a webinar on the impact of physical education (P.E.)/physical activity on adolescent mental health and well-being. The webinar will highlight P.E. policy in Region 5 states and also showcase Illinois'
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  • Program Enhancement
  • Scholarships
Do you have an idea for your program that will greatly benefit your students but don't have the funds needed for equipment? Apply for an IAHPERD Program Enhancement Grant and you may get the money needed to get your program going? Read More
IAHPERD scholarships that are available for Physical Education, Health Education and Recreation students who qualify. IAHPERD will award five scholarships of $1,500.00 each and one scholarship of $2,000.00 to the student who qualifies as the most outstanding applicant. Read More

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