In the early years of the workshop, it was all about fun and fitness. Our goal was to bring the local community together to have fun with one another and learn new skills. Eventually, after more experiences at international competitions, workshops, and other events, the Bulldogs have been fortunate enough to build relationships with jumpers and teams from all over the United States and world. This annual workshop is now a four-day-long festival which has allowed us to build bridges with teams in almost every corner of the world.
The aspects of the workshop I value most have nothing to do with the jump rope skills participants learn or who the most talented jumpers are. I most deeply value the connections made across teams, cultures, personalities, and ages. As jumpers embrace after the Sunday morning practice to say their goodbyes, genuine smiles lighting up their faces, I understand and appreciate those moments for how people come to know one another and care for one another through a common love for jump rope. The North Carolina Rope Skipping Workshop has consistently provided 30 years of service to the jump rope community around the world, and we are honored to host this event every year.