Spread the joy of hooping and the love of God all over the world, one hoop at a time, one life at a time.
Hoola for Happiness is an international non-profit organization based in Tampa, Florida (USA) that uses hoola hoops to spread joy. We take and send hoops all over the world to children, teens and adults in impoverished countries, as well as hoop locally with our nonprofit partnerships. We want to unite the hooping community with passion and purpose by showing God’s love to all.
The hoop may seem like just a silly child’s toy, but it is an incredibly powerful “joy magnet” for transcending language barriers, introducing joy where hope has been lost, creating pockets of light in darkness, and releasing freedom for bodies and souls.
We at Hoola for Happiness love to spread joy to all people, whether that’s orphans, troubled teens, retirement homes, survivors of abuse, college kids, business women, homeless men, families in the park, school-age children, those with disabilities…people of every background and nation! We believe the hoop dance is for everyone, regardless of age, race, religion, sex, or dance ability. This is the same as the love of God. We were all created to worship, dance and love God!
Our Hoola for Life 5-color travel hoops have made their way to 70 countries with volunteers (Joy Spreaders) or mission trips!
Hoola for Happiness Values
- Spreading Joy
At Hoola for Happiness (H4H), we are thankful to be fueled by incredible, beautiful JOY! While “happiness” and “joy” can sometimes seem synonymous, we believe that joy is something special and unique. Happiness can come and go depending on the moment, but joy is a lasting condition of the heart. It is available to us at all times, regardless of our circumstances, because it comes from something that is unconditional- the deep love of the God who created us. We believe this love is shown through Jesus’ life, death and resurrection; and having a personal relationship with Christ is where we find joy. We want to share this gift with the entire world, letting everyone we meet know what we have learned: that Jesus “has come that [we] may have life, and have it to the full.” (John 10:10)
One of our favorite Bible verses is 1 Corinthians 1:27- “But God chose the foolish things of this world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of this world to shame the strong.” In our lives and in our ministry, we recognize that we don’t need much! God uses simple things (like hula hoops) and simple people (like us!) to accomplish amazing things. We find joy in sticking to the basics for our ministry and lives in general.
Spreading JOY to the entire world through the use of hula hoops can seem impossible, which means it is essential that we look for help from God, with whom nothing is impossible (Mark 10:27)! We seek to live this life of faith by relying on and trusting in God for everything we need, both in our ministry’s VISION and PROVISION.
As our Joy Spreaders travel the world, there are times we will not be able to speak the same language as our new friends in other countries. What we can do, though, is share with them the international language of silliness! Few things transcend language barriers like laughter, play, fun and love. It is a delight to bond with others as we all “become like children” (Matthew 18:3) together and live in the freedom and giddiness that joy brings. Unleash your silliness with us!
We can’t take hoops all over the world all by ourselves, and we don’t want to! We think this life is so much richer and fuller when we can all do it together. This value manifests itself in our ministry through the presence of community, mentorship and giving power away. We are so thankful for our incredible hooping community, and we are always excited to see this family grow. We love getting to involve our friends in any of our hooping activities, whether that means making hoops with us, going on local outreach projects with our team, or just hooping and having fun together. Regardless of age, race, religion or hooping experience, you are welcome here!
- Serving Others
While we certainly do a lot of hooping at H4H, there are times when we are called to serve in other ways, too. Whatever the case may be, we seek to build God’s Kingdom by doing our part and serving where we can, hoop-related or not!
Since we hoop dance for a living, it’s definitely a plus when our bodies are flexible! More than that, though, it’s important for us to be flexible in our everyday lives as well. As our missionaries travel throughout different states, countries, cultures and time zones, incredible opportunities can come out of nowhere, and existing plans can change at a moment’s notice. This is all a part of the fun as we dance through the journey!
- Creativity/ Dreams
We believe that God is the ultimate Creator, and His endless creativity inspires us to dream big and try new things ourselves! We love to encourage others to get creative, realize their dreams and then go after that vision- no matter how crazy the dream may seem!
Freedom is something that is very special to us. As people who have been set free by God’s grace (Galatians 5:1), we see the way that this freedom has changed our lives and filled us with the joy we long to tell the world about. We also have a heart for freedom-related projects; specifically working with survivors who have been rescued from human trafficking or abusive situations.
- Story Telling
While our hoops are the childhood toy that many of us know and love, there is something that sets them apart from all the rest. They are hoops with a twist! They are made with five special colors that tell the story of God’s love for the world through Jesus Christ. We love using our hoops to share this story, tell our personal testimonies, and help others express their own stories of hope. We believe that everyone has a story worth sharing, and we are thankful to have a tool that helps make this possible.