Jumping rope on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" in Burbank, Calif., was a dream-come-true for Tori Boggs of Vienna.
From the reaction of DeGeneres to Boggs' 52-second performance on national TV Thursday, the talk-show host/comedian thought the event was pretty special, too.
DeGeneres referred to Boggs' jump-roping ability as "amazing" several times along with calling it "really impressive." Not surprising considering Boggs is a world champion jump roper.
Boggs, a second-year honors student at Ohio State University and 2011 graduate of Parkersburg High School, had dreamed of showing her jump-roping skills on the Ellen show for years.
Last fall, a video of Boggs jumping on the Ohio State University Oval, made by OSU officials, went viral, with more than 910,000 views. The video appears on www.osu.edu.
After the video, Ellen show representatives contacted Boggs.
She flew to Los Angeles Tuesday night with her mother, Rochelle, for a taping session on Wednesday at the Warner Bros. Studios. Boggs returned to Columbus on Thursday in time for a 12:45 p.m. class.
"I had a blast," Boggs told me Thursday evening. Boggs said she admires DeGeneres, who she described as an enthusiastic person with positive energy to make people happy.
After her jump roping, which got a standing ovation from the audience, Boggs talked to DeGeneres during a commercial break. Boggs said DeGeneres made her feel special by listening to what she had to say.
Boggs was happy that her mother, who is also her coach with Jump Company USA, was able to make the trip to Los Angeles to watch her perform on the TV show.
DeGeneres gave Boggs a 50-inch television set and a jump rope with a Stethoscope on the end. Boggs is majoring in industrial design with a pre-med focus.
But she wants to be a performer. "I love to jump rope," she said.
Boggs, 21, has started a jump rope team at OSU.
And she performs at special events and random shows for Cirque du Soliel, a Canadian entertainment company.
About 250 pairs of shoes, of all sizes and styles, were collected in Wood County and delivered to Lexington, Ky., on Jan. 17, to help people in need.
The shoe collection drive began in April when Travis Daugherty of Vienna was looking for a place to donate his running shoes, which "still had life but were not comfortable." His wife, Holly, had remarked about the 10-12 pairs of shoes lying around the house.
Eric and Erin Stanley of Parkersburg, also avid runners, had many pairs of running shoes lying around their house. They gave the shoes to Daugherty.
Brent Cottrill, a runner from West Union, provided 49 pairs of shoes, the largest donation, Daugherty said.
Daugherty, a River City Runners and Walkers Club board member, knew that other runners would be faced with the same problem of disposing of running shoes. He asked participants at 5K races in the area to donate shoes.
Eric Stanley collected about 70 shoes at the Kicks for Kids 5K Run/Walk in downtown Parkersburg on July 27, Daugherty said.
From July through December, people dropped off shoes to Daugherty after reading about the collection drive on Facebook or the runners club website.
The donated shoes ended up in Daugherty's basement where his 5-year-old daughter Alyssa helped him box and bag the shoes, which included dress shoes, boots and sandals.
The effort began with his wife asking "what are you going to do with these shoes" to having 250 pairs in his basement at the end, Daugherty, a U.S. Army veteran, said laughing.
Hal and Donna Kramer of Vienna delivered the shoes to a representative of the nonprofit Soles4Souls in Kentucky last week for distribution to people living in poverty.
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