Jump Rope for Heart is an educational fund raising program. Sponsored by the American Heart Association, SHAPE America and the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. It teaches children about heart attacks, stroke and the importance of physical activity while raising money for research and health education.
Jump Rope for Heart began in 1978 in Milwaukee and as of 2015 involves over 7 million children annually in over 28,000 schools across America. Elementary schools usually host JRFH events under the supervision of a physical education instructor, coach or teacher. Each coordinator receives materials and lesson plans to cover the educational aspects of the program and jump ropes for the participating students. Students ask for donations from parents and friends to meet fundraising goals.
As students prepare for JRFH events, they receive encouragement for regular involvement in physical activity and learn jump rope skills. The events also promote community service and teach students about setting and achieving goals. Schools benefit with structured activities that can help them satisfy National Association for Sport and Physical Education or American Association for Health Education physical education standards. Schools can also earn gift certificates for physical education equipment based on the amount of money raised during JRFH events.