It’s an Old Soul, but It’s Got a Young Heart. Part 4
Chapter 2 Part 4
continued from chapter 2 part 3
Of course as the circle keeps evolving, we will continue to tell histories, but that of the modern adult hooping depended heavily on a couple of things, curriculum and communication. Which came first the chicken or the egg.
The first curriculum is thought to have come to life in Carrboro, NC, by a man named Jonathan Baxter.
According to his website, Baxter came to the hoop in 2001 after a shoulder injury. After using it, he started to feel the benefits of the movement and began to heal. Little by little, he fell in love with the hoop like so many other hoopers. What makes Baxter’s story different is that he began to cultivate techniques and concepts of hooping that he would in turn use for a curriculum.
But before Baxter’s curriculum was officially born, there was a one other important avenue for hooping to travel down to continue to grow in popularity.
In 2003, three bloggers began an online free publication that change the face of the hoop. Ariel Meadow Stallings, Philo Hagen and Vera Fleischer started Hooping.org in hopes to spread the joy of hooping around the globe and build a worldwide hoop community.
Ten years later, hooping.org has been the online hub for the worldwide hooping community, the one-stop resource for all things revolving around the hula hoop. The online publication has been featured in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, on National Public Radio, as well as countless other publications and programs. “What began as a simple blog about hooping has in fact evolved into a global community.
And the community was getting bigger.