Updated:Jan 4,2016

AHA Jump Rope for Heart & Hoops for Heart

The Hudson City School District has a long history of supporting the American Heart Association and educating our kids about heart health and community service through Jump Rope for Heart and Hoops for Heart. Since 1991, the Hudson community has donated $540,000 to help fund life saving research and education.
We use dollars raised through Jump Rope for Heart and Hoops For Heart to help children, schools and communities through initiatives such as:
  • Cutting-edge research. Ongoing discovery of new treatments, technologies and preventions are vital to saving and changing lives. Since 2003 the American Heart Association has committed more than $76.2 million for research projects related to children.
  • Keeping PE in schools. Volunteers and staff urge lawmakers at the federal and state-levels to support quality physical education for all public school children through grade 12.
  • Better nutrition in schools. We support national and state-level legislation so schools will offer healthier food choices to students and staff. Getting more fresh fruits and vegetables in schools will help reduce obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, and other risk factors for heart disease and stroke.
  • Fighting childhood obesity. Numerous national and community-based programs are educating children and families about the risks of obesity — and empowering them to take action against it.
  • Teaching CPR in schools. CPR can be the difference between life and death for a loved one. We offer a number of courses and awareness programs to train middle school and high school students in CPR.
In our community, we have survivors - heart heroes - of our own who have benefited from this research, like the McClure boys and Kendra Seitz:

"Hi, we are the McClure twins - Bryan and Bryce.  We are identical twins and we were born with an identical heart defect, Pulmonary Atresia.  Together, we have had seven heart surgeries and lots of other tests and procedures along the way. 

We are now 15 years old and doing well with the help of our cardiologist, who we visit twice a year.  We love to stay healthy by keeping active.  Our favorite ways are baseball and basketball!  We look forward to the American Heart Association's programs every year so that we can help others to learn about congenital heart defects and to help save lives."


Kendra Seitz is a 5th grader at East Woods! In early July of 2009, Kendra suddenly became very ill and was hospitalized. She was surprisingly diagnosed with an extremely severe case of the heart disease known as  cardiomyopathy. This disease causes the heart muscle to become inflamed and not contract properly. On July 9th, she was placed on the heart transplant list in critical condition. A donor heart became available just a few days later and she underwent a successful heart transplant surgery on July 12, 2009.
It has now been over five years since Kendra received her new heart.  She is doing great!  Kendra leads a very normal life for a 11 year old and has no physical activity restrictions. She loves bike riding, swimming, and fishing and is also a very active participant in several American Heart Association fund raising events! She is a true inspiration to live life to the fullest every single day!

The American Heart Association and Hudson School District will be communicating specific information about each school's event on this website.  So, please check back often!

See the links below to access your school's Jump Rope for Heart, Hoops for Heart, or Red Out event information and fundraising incentives.

HUDSON HIGH SCHOOL - Red Out For Heart Event - February 5, 2016  (Hudson vs. Stow)
  • Hudson High School Red Out Challenge
  • Online Fundraising Tool
HUDSON MIDDLE SCHOOL - Red Out For Heart Event - TBD
  • Hudson Middle School Red Out Challenge
  • Online Fundraising Tool
EAST WOODS - Hoops for Heart Event - January 6 - February 5, 2016
- Donations due February 5
 - Online Sign up days: Jan. 6, 7, 8, 11 and 14 
MCDOWELL - Hoops for Heart Event - February 13 - March 13, 2016 
EVAMERE - Jump Rope for Heart Event - February 5 - 26, 2016 

 - Donations due February, 26

ELLSWORTH HILL - Jump Rope for Heart Event - TBD
  • Parent Letter
  • On-line Fundraising Tool


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