Thursday, December 18, 2008

The Irregulars Salute ZeAndre Orr

Here at Ananka's Diary, we often post stories about girls who've accomplished the amazing or the unexpected. We've featured girls who've taken down muggers, foiled burglars, kicked butt at basketball, or exposed the lies of soda companies. Now it's time to honor a fifth-grade boy who's done what few other boys have been brave enough to do. Play double-dutch.

Double-dutch has long been considered a girls' sport. (Why? Who knows. These sorts of things rarely make any sense.) In fact, when ZeAndre first told his mother that he wanted to join his school's team, she tried her best to discourage him. But the boy had a passion for jumping, and he refused to let anyone get in the way. Even school bullies. When word got out that ZeAndre had made the team, he was teased, taunted, and even kicked down a flight of stairs--all for playing a "girl's game."

It took a remarkable display of guts and determination, but ZeAndre didn't give up. And it's a good thing he didn't. Earlier this month, his team took home a second place trophy at the annual Holiday Classic Double Dutch Competition at the Apollo Theater!

Though I usually hate stories with morals, this has a good one. Never let anyone tell you what you can or can't accomplish!

Watch a short movie about ZeAndre at the New York Times.


Anonymous Nellie said...

Cool! I mean. not cool that he was bullied, but cool that he jumps. :P

2:55 PM  
Blogger Dahlia said...

I hate it when guys are made fun of for doing "girl" things. Most "girl" things are only considered that because girls weren't allowed to do anything else when that thing got started.
Bravo for ZeAndre, for putting another crack in the barrier between "girl" and "boy" things.

5:43 PM  
Anonymous SAMEANONYMOUS said...

1)when are you coming out with the 3rd kiki strike coming out?
2)I going to get a hamster!!!!!!!!!

7:03 PM  
Anonymous IDHSCB said... I feel upgraded. lol

7:44 PM  
Blogger Kitty said...

One word... WHOA!!!! GREAT JOB!! WHOO!! Okay... That was four... But that was awesome! OoO

SAMEANONYMOUS: The third book of Kiki Strike's comming out soon! ;3

11:57 PM  
Blogger Irregular Kiki said...

Dahlia: I totally agree with everything you just said.

4:17 AM  
Blogger Irregular Kiki said...

SAMEANONYMOUS: You're getting a hamster?! Cute!!

4:17 AM  
Blogger 21 said...

I totally agree with Dahlia. Kudos to ZeAndre for sticking it and out doing what he wanted. Way to fight the power, man! XD

9:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Way to go, ZeAndre!! You know, this story bears a striking resemblance to the Disney movie "Jump In". Hmmmm....
Just one question: How exactly did double dutch become a "girl's sport"? I mean, it's incredibly physical when you think about it. Not like football, but it still takes a lot of muscle and endurance. Makes one think, no?

3:42 PM  
Blogger liltomboyblue11;) said...

Wow, he is really cool! And he looks a LOT like one of my friends, just younger. It's really weird.
IDHSCB: ? Upgraded? Are you a guy? If so, cool. Probably the only one.

6:31 PM  

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