The Bouncing Bulldogs are an internationally renowned jump rope team based in Chapel Hill-Durham. They were invited to perform as a part of the school of public health’s celebration of National Public Health Week.
The group was given a plaque for being “Champions of Public Health.”
Jessica Southwell, a research associate at the N.C. Institute for Public Health, helped organize the event, which was attended by more than 100 students, professors and community members.
“We were trying to think of creative ways to get people involved with public health, and physical activity is a great way to do that,” she said of the decision to bring the Bulldogs to campus.
Coach Ray Fredrick Jr. has run the Bouncing Bulldogs for 28 years with a keen focus on the success and growth of his athletes, as well as spreading a message about the importance of exercise in a healthy lifestyle.
“If you jump rope three days a week for 10 minutes, you will stay in shape all year round,” Fredrick said.
Six young women represented the Bouncing Bulldogs at the event Wednesday, but the full team is made up of 140 young people from 25 schools and 19 countries.
“For the last three years, we’ve been out to Oklahoma City, and we’ve been working with Native Americans, who have a very high rate of Type 2 diabetes,” Fredrick said.