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‘It’s All Good’ Episode 19: The Double Dutch Sisterhood

"When we jump double dutch, it takes us back in time to a place where we didn’t have to worry about kids, jobs, bills, any of those things," founder Pamela Robinson said. "It's a club for women to come out and play outside again."

An attendee jumps rope during a double dutch session at an August 2021 meetup of the 40+ Double Dutch Club's Bronzeville and Hyde Park chapter in Mandrake Park.
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SOUTH SHORE — Women 40 and older are reviving their schoolyard skills and playing outside together like they did when they were kids, thanks to a double dutch club founded by two South Siders.

Pamela Robinson and Catrina Dyer-Taylor have been friends for 20 years. When Robinson was going through difficult times, she asked Dyer-Taylor if they could get some women together to double dutch.

“And Catrina told me, ‘If double dutch will help you and no one else will join us, I’ll be out there with you even if we have to tie the other end of the rope to a fence and we will jump together,'” Robinson says on ‘It’s All Good’ Episode 19.

Someone did join them. The group exploded in popularity with meetups taking place every day throughout the area. The club’s Facebook page has nearly 22,000 members from around the world.

“The sisterhood and the connection that we share with these women will last a lifetime,” Dyer-Taylor says. “I can’t ask for anything more than that.”

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Attendees of Tuesday’s 40+ Double Dutch Club meetup at Mandrake Park in Bronzeville pose for a picture.

Episode 19 also features an interview with Allison Yates, founder of Read and Run. The organization combines book clubs with jogging groups so Chicagoans can explore the neighborhoods with running routes based on books.

“The idea is really to bring the book to life, to embody it. You experience what you’ve read in the book during the run,” Yates says.

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Attendees jog during a Read and Run in June.

Episode 19 also includes a neighborhood sponsor. Members of St. Paul’s UCC have been fans of the podcast since its launch, and we’re excited to help them spread good news happening through their congregation and outreach efforts.

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