The Beantown Jumpers qualified three teams for the 39th Annual American Double Dutch League World Championships during Saturday’s Massachusetts State Double Dutch League Tournament at Northeastern University.
The World Championships will be in Sumter, SC from June 14 to 16.
The Beantown Jumpers seventh-grade doubles team, nicknamed the Beantown Bombsquad (Ella James, Joselyn Cotto, Janelle Vasquez and Juliette Silva), qualified for Worlds along with the Beantown Jumpers eighth-grade singles team, Dopetastic (Xavier Thompson, A'shia Rainey and Asma Rivera). The organization's seventh-grade singles team, the Jets (James, Cotto and Typhanie Holt) also qualified.
The Beantown Jumpers is an after-school program based out of the Timilty Middle School and the Mildred Avenue Middle School.
"We are all so excited for ourselves and for each other,” Beantown Jumpers co-coach Lynne Travers said in an e-mail. “This team is like one big family and we are always there for one another. The kids are so selfless and giving of their time, their energy and of each other. There isn't a week that goes by that my heart isn't bursting — for them, for what they are accomplishing, and for how much they appreciate being a part of the Beantown Jumpers.
“They are the highlight of my day at work and seeing them blossom and grow as young adults, athletes and students makes me so proud."
Another Boston-based Double Dutch organization, the Rope Burners, qualified two teams for Worlds. The eighth-grade singles team nicknamed Beyond Perfection (Kiarra Williams, Jaida Adams and Sarina Gaines) and a high school singles team, Unexpected (Amber Edwards, Krystal Edwards and John Edwards) will be making the trip to South Carolina this summer as well.
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