2017 Community Service Award: Ray Fredrick – The Bouncing Bulldogs

Community Service Award

For the Annual awarding of the Community Service Award for a non-Rotarian who has made a significant contribution to the community, Committee Chair Dieter Mauch described the selection process and the and how the selectee is honored as well as the field of nominees. He then introduced Danielle Kaspar who nominated the current winner who then made the award.

This Year’s Award presented by Danielle Kaspar

Below is Danielle’s presentation of the award:

It was my honor and pleasure to nominate Coach Ray Fredrick for Durham Rotary Club’s Community Service Award.   I’d like to tell you a little bit about him and the Bouncing Bulldogs.

Coach Fredrick retired from teaching in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools System in 2007, after teaching P.E. for 30 years in the State of North Carolina. He earned his B.S. Degree in Health and Physical Education from Western Carolina University, and Advanced Certification in Administration and Supervision from North Carolina Central University. Coach Fredrick has received numerous awards, including the highest award for service in North Carolina, given by the Governor, The Long Leaf Pine Award.

As an internationally recognized teacher, he has presented innovative jump rope techniques at camps, workshops, in-service meetings, and conventions world-wide. He has coached the Bouncing Bulldogs for 31 years.

The goal of the Bouncing Bulldogs program is to promote rope skipping for fun and fitness, and to help all children grow physically, emotionally and socially. Education, good sportsmanship, leadership, and teamwork are emphasized among team members.  The team is comprised of boys and girls from the Triangle, ranging in age from 5 to 29.

As an internationally recognized program, the Bouncing Bulldogs have traveled to over 20 different countries to promote the sport of jump rope and build relationships with people from a diverse set of cultures and backgrounds. As seven-time national champions and ten-time world champions, the team has won countless titles to earn recognition as a world-class program. Most recently, at the 2017 World Jump Rope Championship held in Orlando, Florida, the Bulldogs took home a total of 192 awards, including six all-around team awards in the single rope and Double Dutch disciplines, earning title of World Champions for the seventh consecutive year. The World Championship featured a premier set of 800 jumpers from 30 countries.

More valuable than any award, the Bouncing Bulldogs deeply value opportunities for allowing young people to learn life skills and become ambassadors for positive growth in their respective communities. Notably, the Bouncing Bulldogs maintain a partnership with the Oklahoma Indian Health Service by teaching workshops for Native Americans to promote health and fitness in the prevention of Type 2 Diabetes. This year, the Bulldogs have deepened their focus on community service in Durham by expanding their new Jump Forward Outreach Program. The team sponsored over 100 underserved children from the Durham community to come to their 28th Annual North Carolina Rope Skipping Workshop earlier this month.

In April 2017, the Bouncing Bulldogs Community Center opened and celebrated the culmination of six years of hard work and dedication, and is the world’s very first jump rope gym built from scratch.  The environmentally friendly space is designed to be a safe and welcoming place for children of all ages.  Exciting features of the new gym include a state-of-the-art gym floor and a legacy room filled with historic pictures, news clippings, and awards from the past 30 years in honor of alumni jumpers who built the foundation of the program.   Coach Fredrick hopes to expand the gym to include an academic-enrichment center for underprivileged children.

Through his leadership and dedication, strive for excellence, and commitment to our community and young people, Coach Fredrick truly exemplifies Rotary’s motto, “Service above Self”.

And for these reasons and many more, it was an honor to nominate, and recognize Durham Rotary Club’s Community Service Award Winner for 2017.  Please join me in congratulating and welcoming Coach Ray Fredrick!

Paul Harris Fellowship Award to Coach Frederick

Foundation Committee Chair Andy Esser and Dieter Mauch presented a Paul Harris Fellow Award to Coach Frederick as part of honoring him as the Community Service Award Winner of 2017.

 

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