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Dear OAHPERD Member,

In the late 1970’s, thanks to the foresight of physical education teacher and SHAPE America (formerly AAHPERD) member Jean Barkow of Milwaukee’s Riverside High School, a partnership between SHAPE America and the American Heart Association was formed. The purpose of this partnership was to engage teachers, students, and the community in heart healthy education and physical activity. The Jump rope for Heath and Hoops for Heart program has impacted millions of children, teachers and families and raised a substantial amount for heart-health research.

Over the past nearly 40 years, students and teachers across the state of Ohio have invested significant time and effort in both the Jump and Hoops for Heart programs, raising millions of dollars for heart-health research. If you have participated in this program in any way, you already know the pride the students feel in accomplishing their goals and learning about heart healthy activity. Please know that both OAHPERD and the American Heart Association truly appreciate and value your contribution to the program. The benefits of partnering in this program have allowed OAHPERD to further its vision of ‘keeping Ohioans healthy and active for a lifetime’ in numerous ways.

Over the decades, the partnership between SHAPE America and the American Heart Association has evolved, and the needs of our members have changed. After nearly 40 years, it’s now time for SHAPE America and the state affiliates to head in a new direction with Jump Rope For Heart. On July 1, 2018, the Joint Project partnership between SHAPE America, its 51 state affiliate organizations, and the American Heart Association will conclude.

The end of this partnership will impact SHAPE America, the American Heart Association, and more specifically OAHPERD, in a number of ways and we want to assure you that OAHPERD will continue to provide you with the tools necessary to keep Ohioans healthy and active for a lifetime. As of July 1, 2018, please note that all Jump Rope for Heart programs will be discontinued.  We will honor the complimentary OAHPERD membership for teachers who have held a Jump Rope for Heart during the 2017-2018 school year.  Please email Lisa Kirr ( with the following information if you held a Jump or Hoops event during the 2017-2018 school year: Your name, email address, school building name, and full school address.

In the coming months, OAHPERD is excited about the potential to build new opportunities and partnerships for school-wide programs that engage teachers, students, families, and the community in health and physical education and physical activity, while also raising funds for your schools, communities, and OAHPERD.

As the end of the school year draws near, I wish you a restful, healthy, and active summer and look forward to partnering with you in the year ahead. Please look for more information in upcoming e-blasts about future possibilities. If you have any further questions, do not hesitate to contact me at



Sue Sutherland

OAHPERD President.