Honor Kenzie Ruston's Legacy
Born in Chapel Hill, NC on January 5, 1998, Kenzie was a senior at East Chapel Hill High School. She most recently fulfilled her dream of earning her private pilot’s license.
On the cusp of a brilliant future, Kenzie’s life centered on her passions: family, friends, jump rope and flying. She was a 13-year member and current co-captain of the Bouncing Bulldogs Jump Rope Team , to which she dedicated her heart and soul. Kenzie earned global respect and admiration as a hard working, talented, disciplined and humble athlete. She was deeply committed to being a mentor and a positive influence to young people. Kenzie lived more in her 17 years with us than most do in a lifetime.
An adventurous spirit, Kenzie excelled at whatever she committed her heart to: jump rope, flying, snow skiing, water skiing, tennis. Her coach called her one of the greatest jumpers in the world: a 7-time Grand National Jump Rope Champion and a 5-time World Jump Rope Champion. She was eagerly awaiting her 18th birthday to experience her first skydiving lesson.
Kenzie was a young person of great humility beyond her years, a quiet leader respected and loved by her peers and a great friend to all who knew her. Her love of family and friends, boundless energy and community service are her legacy.
The world lost one of its brightest stars and Kenzie’s influence will remain in all those she touched. We should all live by the values that Kenzie embodied:
Work for a cause, not for applause,
Live life to express, not to impress,
Don’t strive to make your presence noticed, just make your absence felt.
The sky is NOT the limit!
Please donate to help establish a fund in honor of Kenzie’s legacy to support the Bouncing Bulldogs program. The Bouncing Bulldogs have been Kenzie’s life for the past thirteen years and it would be her dream to help other kids find their passion and spirit through this very special team. Thank you very much!
We want to thank you all for your continued support as we work to navigate this new reality of ours.
Kenzie had so much left to do in this world, and we are left to carry on her work for her. In her spirit, we will do great things!
We are pleased to announce that because of your generosity through Kenzie’s GoFundMe page, as well as other gifts and contributions, we have given our first donation in Kenzie’s honor to support her beloved Bouncing Bulldogs jump rope team. We are proud to say that the 2016 donation to the Bouncing Bulldogs touched many aspects of the program:
1. The Bouncing Bulldogs Outreach Program for At-Risk Boys and Girls. The donation in Kenzie’s honor helped to offset costs, enabling 62 at-risk children to participate in the 26th Annual NC Rope Skipping Workshop in November 2016. These children were given t-shirts, jump ropes, lunch, and a fun filled day of jump rope taught by the amazing International staff from NC, across the USA, Japan, France & Germany.
2. The Bouncing Bulldogs Outreach Program – Special Needs curriculum. The donation in Kenzie’s honor helped to offset costs to allow children with special needs to attend classes, summer camps, and workshops.
3. In Kenzie’s honor, a scholarship was given to assist an alumni jumper to finish their college education.
4. The donation in Kenzie’s honor will also support the purchase of a new vehicle to transport the team to their community events, as well as to connect to boys and girls who may not have the means to find transportation to the Bouncing Bulldogs gym.
This is only the beginning. We were also able to establish the Kenzie Ruston Legacy Fund, which we will continue to grow well into the future to support Kenzie’s passions: Jump Rope and Aviation.
Thank you again for the kindness, generosity, and outpouring of love for Kenzie that you have shown us.
We can all be encouraged that her legacy will live on...
The sky is NOT the limit!
I had the great pleasure of getting to know Kenzie at Jump rope camp in Oklahoma. She happened to be my daughters team coach. Every year my daughter and I always looked for her. She was beyond kind and caring. Humble and EXTRAODINARY talented athlete. I am so glad I had the pleasure and opportunity of getting to know her. Please know your family is in our prayers. Thank you for opportunity to getting to know her. May God wrap his arms around your family and the Bulldogs. God Bless from Oklahoma.
Wow! Thank you for the update, Dawn and Mark. That is amazing. Sending love and prayers during this season. Laura
http://www.wral.com/news/local/video/3157956/ Stumbled on this video of Kenzie as a very young jumper! Always special & talented and always a Bulldog.