VCU’s Griffith overcomes personal obstacles to thrive in little-known sport of twirling

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RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Richmond native and VCU pre-med graduate Jacob Griffith has taken the sport of twirling in the United States to new heights. 

Griffith started twirling at a young age, inspired by a close childhood friend who taught him a simple thumb toss, then watched and taught himself through YouTube videos. 

While thankful for the opportunities that VCU and the state of Virginia have provided for him, Griffith admitted it hasn’t been easy to get to where he has gone.

For one, he says it’s not easy being a male twirler. 

“Being a boy twirler it can be a struggle, um, not only with other people, but a struggle for yourself,” Griffith told 8News.

But Griffith persevered, and eventually got comfortable enough in his own skin and realized that he has nothing to be ashamed of. 

Now, something that used to be only a passion has turned into something that he is good at.  

Twirling is a small sport, and Griffith is one of the best. A former junior national champion, Griffith will be representing the US at the World Championships in Florida in August.

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