“ #Columbia #DoubleDutch legend #JoyHolman, who for decades coached championship youth teams with a combination of sternness and #love, passed away on Tuesday.
Holman helped found Columbia’s national and world champion Double Dutch teams known as #DoubleDutchForces. Some simply called the team The Forces.
Holman and her team certainly were a #force.
The #team was formed in 1985. Under her leadership, teams from different age groups won 324 state titles, 139 world titles, 28 nationals, and 5 grand #nationaltitles, including 5 #national speed records, according to the Double Dutch Forces website. They won several titles at last year’s #AmericanDoubleDutchLeague World Invitational #Championship.
Beyond the #competitive recognitions, Holman was remembered as a mentor and positive force in #young people’s lives. “She was a wonderful person, very #dedicated to her team, and she wanted the best for everyone,” said Jean Ford, head of the American Double Dutch League and a friend to Holman for over 30 years. The American Double Dutch League’s website says it is the official governing body of the Double Dutch sport.
Holman was a competitor as well. Holman would always challenge judges about her teams’ scores to make sure the Forces were properly ranked, Ford remembers.” #jumpingrope #jumprope #jumpropeusa #columbiayouthsports #youthsports #southcarolinasports #worldchamps