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Pink Panthers Win Gold!
Double Dutch Team Ropes in Gold at AAU Junior Olympics
August 27, 2009

Video: Pink Panthers

The Pink Panthers double dutch jumpers are a blur of pink and black as they flip-flop, skip and cartwheel between two ropes slicing through the air around them. The rope makes a sharp pitter-patter as it smacks against the blacktop outside the Hazel Crest Recreational Center where the team practices.

The Pink Panthers' 15- to 17-year-old team recently brought home the gold medal for overall excellence, placing in all five events at the Amateur Athletic Union Junior Olympics in Des Moines, Iowa and becoming the first Illinois team ever to win gold overall at the competition.

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Our Story

The Pink Panthers, an Illinois Corporation, was founded by Joyce Dickerson in September, 2004.  In the beginning the team consisted of 2 determined and committed parents and 20 enthusiastic jumpers grades 3 thru 9. Shortly thereafter, The Markham Park District graciously donated space for practices and became the team’s first sponsor. 

Soon, the tasks of organizing squads, soliciting donations, training coaches and establishing an operating budget began.

During this exciting time, something extraordinary occurred.  The Pink Panthers won 1st and 2nd place in a number of grade level categories at its first competitive event held in Broadview, IL.  As a result, the Pink Panthers began receiving requests for exhibition performances across the country.  The number of awards and jumpers continued to grow.

Now the team has over 55 jumpers, 9 coaches and continues to place 1st in major competitions nationwide. As of June 2010, we are proud to call the Village of Hazel Crest our new home

These and future achievements can only be attributed to the dedication and perseverance of our jumpers, parents, volunteer coaches and sponsors.  Without them, none of this would be possible.



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