2002-06-29 / Sports

Stan’s Pepper Steppers Claim World Championships

By Stan Brown

Stan’s Pepper Steppers
Claim World Championships
By Stan Brown

The Pepper Steppers understand that success is defined as the gaining of something desired, planned and attempted or achieving a favorable outcome. Stan’s Pepper Steppers, from the Sorrentino Recreation Center in Far Rockaway, won four grade divisions from fourth grade through high school to retain the 29th Annual 2002 World Double Dutch Championships.

The Pepper Steppers, in its 27th year, has won over 500 local, state, national and international championships. The team practices at Sorrentino Recreation Center, which is a part of the N.Y.C. Department of Parks and Recreation.

The Double Dutch is a skip rope activity in which two ropes are turned, in egg beaten fashion, by two rope turners. One or two people jump within the moving ropes. Double Dutch is a jump rope sport activity that teaches athletes to jump Double Dutch rope competitively. The championships use three categories; compulsory, speed and freestyle (Tricks). This artistic form of rope jumping has generated lots of excitement and recognition all over the world. Once no more than an urban street game, it is now an international organized athletic activity.

The Championships was held on June 15, 2002 at the Exhibition Center in Sumter, South Carolina. Teams throughout the United States, Canada, Japan and France participated in this spectacular event. The competition takes place in two days. The first day is elimination in which only the top five teams in each grade advances to the finals in the second day. The competition ends with one team in each grade proudly becoming world champions.

Life’s rhythm and harmony is about discovering yourself and what you are good at. The Pepper Stepper found that rhythm and harmony in the sport of Double Dutch.

These are the members of the Stan Pepper Stepper; 4th Grade: Laa’neisha Jones, Monet Davis, Alaiysia Woodard and Tylee Smith; 5th Grade; Paula Roberson, Muniyra Moore, Shanae Wallace and Dominique Bacote. 6th Grade; Denise Clemonds, Cherise Banton, Portia Woodard and Tanisha Holiday; 8th Grade; Laquasha Brown, Glennda Thompkins, Camay Cardwell and Camilla Ensley; High School; Lorraine Ramsey, Patrice Saunders, Kethamara Gorousingh, Ebonie Johnson, Kimberly Salmond and Cheryl Banton.

Coaches and Chaperones: Stan Brown, Linda Brown, Antoinette Pizarro, Markeya Baskerville, Chiffon Scott, Tiffany Taylor, Carol Walker, Tanasia Walker, Katisha Simpkins and Glenn Thompkins.

Special thanks goes to Bernard Robinson, manager of Sorrentino Recreation Center, and the staff, parents and friends for their support. Members of the team represented the following schools; P.S. 43, P.S. 197, Woodmere Academy, St. Mary’s Star Of The Sea, St. Joachim, M.S. 53, M.S. 198, M.S. 180, P.S. 215, Robert F. Wagner High School, Lawrence High School, Far Rockaway High School and Beach Channel High School.

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