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 including two Fond du Lac students. Fond du Lac High School junior Allison Duley, and Margaret Krolcyzk, a Theisen Middle School eighth grader from the Cardinal Skippers are part of the group. Organized by the Heartbeats Jump Rope Team in Cleveland, Ohio, the group will appear under the acronym J.U.M.P. (Jumpers United for Macy’s Parade). Starting from Central Park, the athletes will be jumping 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. After arriving at Herald Square, the group will be featured in a live one-minute segment broadcast on NBC national television with an estimated 50 million viewers. This choreographed TV routine will include Duley and Krolcyzk. Athletes were invited from jump rope teams across the country to join the ensemble, each paying their own way to New York City.