Rockaway Double Dutch Teams Win At ADDL Championships
Stan’s Jr. Pepper Steppers High School team, third grade team and Peter’s Future Jumpers each reached the final of the championships. The team was supervised by Stan Brown, recreation director for the Sorrentino Recreation Center, part of the City of New York Department of Parks and Recreation based in Far Rockaway.
The teams started the two-day event on June 17 by taking part in the elimination round. Five teams will move on after this day and must compete compulsory, speed and free style (tricks). Points are awarded for each successful move and vary depending on the difficulty of the move.
Speed is an event that is pure adrenaline, a mixture of exhilaration and fear with the mission to get through 120 grueling seconds (2 minutes) of jumping without hitting the rope.
The final was held on June 18 with an outstanding performance by both teams. It also included a fine performance by Mrs. Brown’s Jumpers, who represent the Sports and Arts School Foundation in Brooklyn and who train with the Pepper Steppers.
The third grade team became the world champions. The fourth grade team and fifth grade team also did well by winning second place. Those teams are coached by Linda and Stan Brown. Their granddaughter Quianna Brown also coaches and is the daughter of Yatte Brown, who is a former eight-time world champion.
The Pepper Steppers senior team of Laa’neisha Jones, Peter Alvarez, Katherine Rocha, Tyesha Arnette and Nadine Harrison are pursuing their college careers, but elected to coach the junior teams with some outstanding results. The members from the high school Stan’s Pepper Steppers team are Akeela Williams, Shamera Davis, Tiffany Duarte and Alaina Reynolds.
The third grade Stan’s Pepper Steppers team is Breanne McKenzie, Javon Langston, Latia Morris and Tamera Wright.
The third grade world champion Mrs. Brown’s Jumpers are Sekaria Harge, Danielle Virgil, Lashanna Green and Brenaisa Johnson. The fourth grade team consists of Tajahnae Williams, Ashley Acosta, Tamia Glover and Shyanne Francis. The fifth grade team is Shania Trader, Keara Stones, Tamique Burrell and Quianna Brown.
The coaches for the team includes Stan Brown (Pepper Steppers), Linda Brown (Mrs. Brown’s Jumpers), Yatte Brown, Laa’neisha Jones, Peter Alvarez, Tyesha Arnette, Nadine Harrison. Carol Walker was the team’s official. The chaperones were Elaine Burrell, Akeema Benjamin, Christina Mendes and Lloyd Webber-Bey, who is also the director for the Sports and Arts Foundation.
The teams would like to give special thanks to Charleene Nash, deputy manager of the Sorrentino Recreation Center, the City of New York Parks and Recreation Department and the Far Rockaway community for their contributions and support.