As the Bouncing Bulldogs program has adapted to the loss of Kenzie, I give the senior leadership a lot of credit for how they were able to be leaders during this challenging time. All of the jumpers in the program were amazing for how they have continued to move forward in life because that’s what Kenzie would have wanted. As we move forward, we will hold on to the many outstanding qualities she instilled in all of us as Kenzie expected nothing less than the best from each person she touched. When she saw that more work needed to be done, Kenzie set high standards and led by example, calling practices at 5 am. She taught everyone around her that “The sky is NOT the limit!”
In my three decades of coaching, it is rare for someone to represent everything the sport of jump rope stands for in such a humble way. As Kenzie’s coach for 13 years, my wife and I hope Kenzie’s legacy as one of the most recognized student athletes in the sport of jump rope will be honored by international jump rope organizations.
Kenzie’s legacy can be honored each and every day in endless ways. First, we can look at what she stood for. We can use these characteristics as inspiration to become the best we can be as there will never be another Kenzie. Both Kenzie’s parents and the Bouncing Bulldogs program have plans in progress for something amazing in Kenzie’s honor as well. Be on the look-out for this exciting announcement.
Kenzie was a truly special person who brought so much positive energy into the world. In addition to faith and family, she valued discipline, hard work, leadership, perseverance, community service, humility, teamwork, and respect, and she exemplified these qualities in everything she set her mind to. Kenzie’s impact has reached the corners of the world, and she will always live on in spirit.