Last Wednesday, Shana and I, along with our Dixieland jazz band—comprised of Jeff Wood, Heather Wagner, Matt Maley, and Frank Cohen—were honored to represent Punk Rope at the HealthCorps’ Annual Gala. The event was held at the famed Waldorf-Astoria hotel and approximately 700 guests were in attendance including HealthCorps founder, Dr. Mehmet Oz, and honorees, Diane Sawyer and Matthew Modine.
If you’re not familiar with HealthCorps, it’s a wonderful organization, which places recent college graduates in inner city high schools to help students improve their health, nutrition, and fitness habits. Currently HealthCorps is operating in 53 schools in 12 states. Punk Rope has been pleased to be a partner since 2008.
We presented two Punk Rope demonstrations, in formal attire no less, to provide the guests with a sense of how we put a playful and sometimes “fantastical” spin on exercise, which hopefully captures students’ attention and provides them with a good workout and maybe a few good laughs as well.
The demonstrations were set to “When the Saints Go Marching In” and “New Second Line” and featured a “Dixieland jazz band drill,” partner punk-ups, playfighting with foam swords, a rubber chicken relay race, and a Mardi Gras procession. All the activities were performed flawlessly by our volunteers (see photo at left)—Gerlena, Karim, Cosima, and Jennifer—all high school students.
We’ll be partnering again with HealthCorps on Sunday, May 20 at their Highway to Health Festival at South Street Seaport. Stop by between 1 and 2:30pm to compete in a scaled-down version of the Punk Rope Games. You might just win a prize!
Our hope is that next year we’ll have an opportunity to share our philosophy and methodology with the entire HealthCorps staff nationwide.