Hula-Hooping with a Wheelchair

I was teaching one of my after school “Hula-Hoop Kid-Fit” classes when a little boy in a wheelchair entered the gym and said  with the saddest voice “I probably can’t do this class”. Enthusiastically I said “Sure you can! Let me get the class started and then I’ll teach you some tricks that you can do.” A few minutes later I returned to him and taught him some hand tricks and breaks that he could do while sitting and his face completely lit up. Then he said “Watch this! I just thought of a new trick!” and put the hoop around his neck like a necklace and spun his chair around until he had enough momentum to do the best neck stall I’ve ever seen. I’m so proud of his “Can-Do” attitude, his willingness to try and to expand how we all define “hula-hooping”.

For everyone who says “I can’t hoop!”  or “I can’t (insert any word here) — Please give it a try – you might discover something new about yourself.


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Published by Cara Zara

Professional entertainer and educator Cara Zara has performed at festivals, events, libraries, charity functions, and summer camps throughout the Southeast and has interacted with over 250,000 children. She has been teaching her popular programs since 2011 and has taught at over 200 private and public schools throughout Charlotte-Mecklenburg and surrounding counties. She loves inspiring children to learn and be physically active through fun movement and laughter.

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