Culver City kids raise $15k at ‘Jump Rope for Heart’ event

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Harlem Globetrotters perform along Orange Grove Boulevard during the 125th Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, Calif., Jan. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

Harlem Globetrotters perform along Orange Grove Boulevard during the 125th Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, Calif., Jan. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

CULVER CITY (CNS) –  Harlem Globetrotters Scooter Christensen and Wun Versher picked up jump ropes and joined today with students in Culver City as part of a fundraiser for the American Heart Association.

Students at Park Century School were able to raise $15,000 as part of the “Jump Rope For Heart” event, which was held as part of Heart Awareness Month. Wearing their famous red, white and blue uniforms, the Globetrotters also showcased their basketball skills.

“We’re kind of living a double dream,” Christensen told Video News West. “We’re getting the chance to play basketball, do something we love to do, but also to give back to the community.”

Jump Rope for Heart, now in its 35th year, is designed to teach students about the importance of exercise, while allowing students to raise funds to support the American Heart Association, according to Kyle McAuley of the American Heart Association.

“The projections show this generation of young kids are projected to live shorter life spans than their parents for the first time in history,” McAuley said. “Now, more than ever, we are making sure kids are staying active.”

The Harlem Globetrotters will bring their “Fans Rule” World Tour to the Honda Center on Saturday, Staples Center on Sunday and the Citizen’s Business Bank Arena in Ontario on Monday.

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