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Youth participating in 'Huba Huba challenge'

David Grace • Jun 21, 2013 at 4:52 PM

Preston Cunningham, left and Jason Fields competed for the “Huba Huba Challenge” Thursday June 20, 2013 at Yuma Elementary. Each Yuma Elementary students are given a chance to earn Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Gold Plus awards during the year by taking part in Project Fit America events. Even though the school year is over, Cunningham and Fields wanted a chance to improve their times in the Huba Huba Challenge.

The event involves using a 3-pound hula hoop and gives awards for Bronze for a time of 90 sec, Silver for a time three minutes, Gold six minutes and Gold Plus award for a 10 minutes or more.

Two of the girls, Britney Carter and Ashtyn Gibson, hula hooped for 5 hours and 8 min. at the end of the year and the boys wanted a chance to show they could better their times.

“I was really impressed that the boys wanted to give up some summertime to go for the challenge”, said Brenda Byrd, PE teacher at Yuma Elementary. “I was so excited that they continued for so long!”

The boys wanted to get on the Project Fit America Chart & Challenge Top Ten"Kong-Elite" Record Holders list, they were pleased that they went as far as they did.

“I am very proud of these guys.” Byrd shares Fields “hooped” for 3 hours and 52 seconds and Cunningham went for 4 hours and 33 minutes.

Project Fit America is a non-profit organization promoting physical fitness to schools across America. Yuma Elementary is one of several PFA schools in this area, sponsored by Welmont Foundation of Kingsport. PFA is celebrating 23 years of giving grants to schools across America. From 1990-2013 they have donated to over 870 schools in 300 cities and 42 states.

Elizabeth Morelock, Roosevelt Elementary holds the second place in the Place Kong-Elite National Record with a time of eight hours and eight minutes set in May of last year. Photo by David Grace

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