Parkersburg-based jump rope competitors win awards across the globe
PARKERSBURG — A jump rope program in Parkersburg is known throughout the world for its excellence.
Members of Jump Company USA, based at Jefferson Elementary School in Parkersburg, have won world jump rope titles, started jump rope teams at universities and have gone on to teach others about the sport of jump rope.
Four new jumpers with Jump Company USA in Parkersburg earned gold medals in July at the World Jump Rope Championships in the junior level age division in Orlando: Abbie McElroy, Cece Fatta, Grace Pedersen and Lily Wharton, said Jump Company USA coach Rochelle Boggs.
Two of Jump Company USA’s senior world champions, Noah Mancuso and Mary Garvin, led a three-week jump rope World Jump Rope Ambassador mission to Germany and the Czech Republic this past summer.
Jump Company USA hosted 12 jumpers from France this year in a cultural exchange in Wood County schools. The French jump rope team’s coach is Bree (Hays) Maraux, a 1995 graduate of Parkersburg South High School and former local jump rope team member. Maraux coaches the Jump Company USA’s sister team in Nailloux, France.
Tori Boggs, of Vienna, swept the Grand World Championship in the Seniors Female Single Rope Events (winning gold in the several separate single jump rope events) at the 2017 World Jump Rope Championship in Orlando in July. Boggs is a member of Jump Company USA.
Tori won Grand World Female All-Around Champion, Grand World Champion Female 30 Second Speed, Grand World Champion Female 3 Minute Speed, Grand World Champion Female Triple Unders and Grand World Champion Female Single Rope Freestyle.
Tori, who graduated from Ohio State University this year, also set two world records in power and speed jumping. In the power event she jumped 412 consecutive triple unders and in the three-minute speed jump posted 1,010 jumps.
Tori also won gold this past summer in the Senior Freestyle Jump and in Speed at the Asia and Pacific Championship in Hong Kong, China, and in Barcelona, Spain, at the Arnold Classic Europe Jump Rope Championships.
Tori led World Jump Rope Federation camps in Hong Kong and Mexico City and was named the Athlete Council representative to the World Jump Rope Federation Board of Directors.
Her mother, Rochelle, was recently named secretary general of the World Jump Rope Federation.
Tori started the Ohio State University Jump Rope Team. She said she developed a college program blueprint that has been used to start jump rope teams at Stanford, the University of North Carolina, Notre Dame, Michigan and Western Kentucky University.
“I started jumping when I was 5 years old,” said Tori, who noted that her mother also enjoyed jump rope and became a world-renowned coach and judge in the sport.
The sport of jump rope has given Tori incredible opportunities to travel the world, she said. She has learned about foreign cultures and met people from across the globe.
She received all-state honors in track and soccer at Parkersburg High School and said she likes the creative aspect of jump rope.
“It is an outlet for any interest,” she said.
Tori traveled to Spain recently as a jump rope ambassador to help the Spanish jump rope federation grow the sport there. She would like to see jump rope become an Olympics sport someday. Tori’s goal is to attend medical school.
Noah Mancuso, 20, of Vienna, has been jumping rope for 10 years.
“I saw the team, Jump Company USA, perform at a Parkersburg High School basketball halftime show and thought they were awesome. A family friend knew some of the jumpers and gave me their information to start; after the first practice I was hooked,” Mancuso wrote in an email.
Although he participated in other sports in high school, such as track, cross country and soccer, Mancuso said jump rope was his favorite. The sport gave him opportunities to travel, meet new people and be creative, he said.
In high school, Mancuso, along with other members of Jump Company USA, got many opportunities to travel internationally to compete and to teach and perform, he said.
Mancuso graduated from PHS in 2015.
“I think these jump rope experiences, of winning on a world stage and teaching at international workshops and camps around the world, really helped me stand out when I was applying for college,” he said.
“Because of this and my academics (which is strongly pushed from Jump Company USA), I got accepted into the Robertson Scholars Leadership Program which is a unique program that offers a full ride scholarship to attend both Duke University and the University of North Carolina and to explore our leadership potential anywhere in the world during our summers,” Mancuso said.
“I am majoring in chemistry at UNC and global health at Duke, while following the pre-med track. In college I have continued to jump rope competitively and for fun,” Mancuso said.
“Last year, during my sophomore year, I helped found a jump rope team at UNC, called Carolina Jump Rope. We have grown the team to about 15 people and do shows and clinics all over campus, in Chapel Hill, and around North Carolina,” Mancuso said.
Mancuso, a junior, is now studying abroad at King’s College in London in a pre-med program for international students.
“While here in Europe, I’ve jumped for fun with a few other students here that used to jump rope. I recently went to Nailloux, France, to teach a four-day jump rope camp,” Mancuso said.
He is also helping with the British National Jump Rope Championships and Camp.
“Jump rope has allowed me to make friends from all over the world, so that even while abroad I am still able to stay involved — making new friends and seeing new places along the way,” Mancuso said.
The purpose of Jump Company USA, which was founded in 2006, is to develop a competitive jump rope team representing Parkersburg, said Rochelle Boggs.
The team practices on most Mondays from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the Jefferson Elementary gymnasium. The local jump rope team members range in age from 7 years old to seniors in high school.
It takes a commitment to be a member of Jump Company USA but “we have fun,” Rochelle said.
The team has participated four times in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City.
Boggs described jump rope as a physically difficult sport. She encourages her jumpers to be involved in high school sports. She has helped to start five jump rope teams, including the one in France.
Bree Maraux has been living in France since 2001. She started the jump rope club in Nailloux, in southwestern France, in 2009. Maraux said her jump rope team has grown from 15 youth at the beginning to 75 today, with a waiting list of others wanting to join.
“France has talent” in jump rope, which is now popular in the country, Maraux said.
Maraux said Rochelle Boggs and Jump Company USA jumpers have provided valuable instruction working with the Nailloux club in France.
“She (Boggs) helped us grow and really helped me with coaching and new ideas,” Maraux said.
The Nailloux team members enjoyed their visits to Wood County schools and various activities in her hometown in February, said Maraux, who taught English in France for eight years.
Maraux started in jump rope at Rayon Elementary School in Parkersburg and continued at Edison Junior High and with the River Valley Skippers in town.
Jump rope allows participants to be creative and entertaining while competing in a sport on an individual and team basis, she said.