More Than 600 Women Will Double Dutch On The South Side This Weekend

PULLMAN — Lots of of ladies from throughout the US, ages 40 to almost 90, will go to the South Side this weekend to relive recess at a nationwide retreat for a double dutch membership whose roots are in Chicago.

The 40+ Double Dutch Membership will maintain its second Nationwide Play Date Saturday at Home of Hope, 752 E. 114th St. in Pullman. Registration for the occasion is full, with greater than 600 girls set to attend representing native membership chapters in 40 states.

The Nationwide Play Date might be just like the loosely structured native meetups, with stretching, a free play session, African hopscotch, a cooldown dance, a bunch image and a prayer circle. There may also be lunch and a raffle.

“It’s just an opportunity for our Facebook group members from all over the country to get together and connect with each other in person,” stated Pamela Robinson, co-founder and South Shore native. “We’ll play outside, jump double dutch, hopscotch, hula hoop and do all the things we used to do as little girls together.”

Robinson, co-founder Katrina Dyer Taylor, the membership’s model ambassadors and Chicago-area members will lead the play date, which almost quintupled in measurement from the inaugural occasion final 12 months.

“We were planning to double the attendance number to 300, but then space sold out in one day” on the Pullman Group Middle parking zone, which was final 12 months’s venue, Robinson stated. “It sold out so fast we felt forced to find this larger venue in order to accommodate more of the women.”

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Attendees eventually 12 months’s Nationwide Play Date pose for a lakeside group image.

Some supporters flew into Chicago as early as Thursday to attend a personal Friday evening screening of “Beyond the Ropes,” a documentary concerning the membership its members have been engaged on since final 12 months.

Among the many friends for Friday’s screening are Ronnie DeVoe of New Version and Bell Biv DeVoe, who serves because the undertaking’s music supervisor; and his spouse, Shamari, the lead singer of the platinum-selling R&B group Blaque, who’s set to be the membership’s movie star ambassador, Robinson stated.

After members watch the documentary and provides suggestions on it, the membership will submit the movie to “as many [film festivals] as we can think of,” together with the Sundance and Tribeca festivals, Robinson stated.

The 40+ Double Dutch Membership has native chapters in Bronzeville-Hyde Park, Calumet Metropolis, Evergreen Park, South Holland, Glendale Heights, Aurora, Schaumburg, Bolingbrook, Oak Park and Berwyn.

Membership members are trying into beginning Englewood and North Side chapters within the close to future, Robinson stated. The Chicago-area chapters play alongside greater than 100 others all through the US, Canada, the UK, Ghana and Israel.

The membership will share “the importance of staying active” and present different girls that “just because you’re older, it doesn’t mean you’re old” with an look on the Black Women’s Expo at McCormick Place subsequent weekend, Robinson stated.

“We’re just excited about the fact that we continue to grow and even more women are hearing about us,” she stated. “God is really just enlarging our territory, making more women aware of who we are and what we’re doing.”

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