Chandler man’s business gets kids jumping for joy The Chandler Arizonan

Chandler man’s business gets kids jumping for joy

Chandler man’s business gets kids jumping for joy
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ARIZONAN NEWS STAFF

Scott Karlin found a way around the pandemic to keep kids jumping around.

As owner of JumpBunch, a Chandler-based mobile sports and fitness program for kids 18 months to 12 years, Karlin since 2008 provides physical education and after-school programs at schools and rec centers throughout the East Valley.

But all that driving around came to a sudden halt when schools were closed in March. And so Karlin pivoted to provide virtual exercise programs.

“Like other small businesses, we are working hard to keep our employees working and, of course, continue to fulfill our commitment to our customers,” Karlin said.

JumpBunch Fitness at Home NOW! Enables kids “to keep some familiarity and structure in their lives during this uncertain time,” Karlin said. Students can participate once a week or attend a virtual camp Monday-Friday.

The 45-minute sports and fitness classes on Zoom start with a warm-up, then move to instruction and participation in a featured activity of the week before ending with a cool down.

“We keep our classes small to allow for interaction between the coach and students,” Karlin said, who boasted of a lot of positive reaction to his offerings.

“We hear from parents that children who typically don’t participate well in Zoom classes love our virtual program because it has the feel of a live class,” he said. “We have heard how much kids have enjoyed participating at home each week and how it has helped them get through this challenging time.”

In less uncertain times, JumpBunch provides 80 different activities at schools and rec centers and “is the only program that exposes children to such a wide variety of sports and fitness opportunities,” Karlin said.

That diversity in programming enables him to tailor each JumpBunch program to a school’s particular needs.

  Describing himself as “a huge football and baseball fan” who is an avid racquetball player, skier and hiker, Karlin got interested in teaching physical education to children after coaching his kids in t-ball when they were 3.

“I got into this business because I love working with children, I love sports and I love knowing that what I do is making a positive impact in the lives of many children,” he said.

“I was able to see what a positive impact sports have on kids at a very young age,” he said. “Not only do sports benefit their physical development, but sports builds confidence in kids and it teaches them that being physically active can be fun.”

He was introduced to the JumpBunch franchise   and “knew immediately that I wanted to bring this dynamic program to the Valley.”

“It has been extremely rewarding hearing from parents, school directors, and teachers over the last 12 years what a positive impact the program has had on their children,” he added. “Kids get incredibly excited and look forward to their JumpBunch class each week.”

JumpBunch charges $48 a month for the weekly program and $50 a week for the weekly camp. Siblings are free and fees are prorated if starting late.  Instructions for logging into the class are emailed to parents once they have registered.

Parents can get a free trial to see if the program is the right fit for their children.

Information: jumpbunch.com/phoenix-east-valley or 480-664-1187.

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