Jumping Jacks for a Cure sets Guinness World Record and raises money for breast cancer

10:42 PM, May 29, 2010   |    comments
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Sarasota, Florida - Hundreds of families piled into Ed Smith Stadium, the Orioles' spring training home in Sarasota, to set a Guinness World Record and raise money in the fight against breast cancer.

With music playing, adults and young people did jumping jacks together. They needed 250 people to take part and say 278 attended.

Orioles Reach and I Train Your Kids, a group focused on improving the fitness and lifestyle of young kids and teenagers, teamed up with the American Cancer Society to host the event called "Jumping Jacks for a Cure."

Organizers say the challenge is the perfect way to educate children about the importance of physical fitness. Heather Hackett, the Chief Fitness Officer for I Train Your Kids says, "I was the big kid. I was the one who had no self esteem and no confidence and that's truly why I do this. I want kids to learn early on what it's like to be confident. What it's like to have self esteem. What it's like just to accomplish something."

Hackett says they're already talking about trying to break the record next year.

The event was sponsored by the Baltimore Orioles and prizes were awarded to the groups with the largest number of participants.

Money raised from the event is going to be donated to the American Cancer Society's Making Strides Against Breast Cancer program.

Tammie Fields, 10 Connects