When the 87th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade steps off on November 28 in New York City, over 200 jump rope athletes from across the country will participate in the pageantry of the parade. Featured in the parade are Mason High School students Joci Hinners, Kevin Morrissey, Sean Newport and Singyi Yen from the Comet Skippers.
These championship athletes will showcase their talent alongside giant character balloons, celebrities, floats, marching bands, performance groups, and clowns.
Starting from Central Park, the students will jump the entire 2.5 mile course that winds through New York City in front of a spectator crowd that is usually over 3.5 million people. To jump the entire distance, the athletes have to be in top condition. Months of practice will culminate with the cadenced steps that will be seen across the country live from New York City.
Athletes were invited from jump rope teams across the country to join the ensemble, each paying their own way to New York City. Hinners, Morrissey, Newport and Yen have been practicing for months under the direction of Coaches Mike and Carmen Simpson.
Broadcast nationally by NBC and WLWT Channel 5 locally, this is the official kick-off to the holiday season. Be sure to tune in to WLWT Channel 5 at 9 a. on Thanksgiving Day morning and watch our Comet Skippers represent Mason!