For anyone who starts a club on campus, the goal is to raise interest, see growth in numbers and perhaps receive recognition by other clubs for the work they have done. Since founding the Carolina Jump Rope Club in 2017, Graham Booth and Noah Mancuso have done just this.
“We’re a group of 11 or 12 experienced jump ropers, experienced meaning we were on a competitive team before we came to college,” Booth said. “A lot of us have been doing it for 10 or so years, and we wanted to continue that because it’s not a common thing for jump ropers to continue jumping in college.”
The club has been able to build that core of skilled jump ropers in such a short time period because North Carolina is a hot spot when it comes to jump rope teams.
“The Triangle is a pretty big hub for the sport of jump rope with three of four large teams in the area,” Mancuso said. “This means that there were already experienced jumpers on campus when we started and that each year the first-year class brings in a few more.”
Alex Davis-Isaac was one of those experienced jumpers who was excited to get a chance to continue the sport in college.