Hollis Belger is 13 years old, and she’s been playing soccer for as long for as she can remember.
When she was only nine, her mother told her about the kids at St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, and she was so moved she decided she wanted to do something for them. The first thing that came to mind was soccer.
Oh, that’s cool!
Totally. So, she decided to juggle a soccer ball with her feet to raise money for kids with cancer. Hollis got a kick of out it, so she decided to do it again the following summer, bringing her combined donated total to more than $72,000 in just two summers. Juggling for Jude was officially a thing.
How does she do it?
Her rules for juggling are that she has to alternate feet and cannot use her thighs, making it more challenging but also more helpful for her soccer skill development. Now Hollis also does it for time, beating her record every chance she gets. And on June 25 she got a new juggling record of 3,215 alternating left to right feet. It took her 34:22 and she filmed the whole thing.
That’s right. More than half an hour of straight juggling. Hollis said, “I was shaking for the last few minutes, my shoes had both come untied, and there was a bee circling around me. But, I thought about the kids at St. Jude...I kept going until I reached 3,000 and then kept going a little more.”
Hollis and her family have made it their mission to raise funds and awareness for St. Jude’s. They’ve started a Juggling for Jude Challenge. Just record yourself juggling and post it using #jugglingforjude. You can also donate to Hollis, anything from a penny to a dollar per juggle, because this kid is still Juggling for Jude.