Distinguished Alumni 2000

Sarah Jane Limehouse Armstrong

Sarah Jane Limehouse Armstrong graduated from Winthrop College in 1963 with a bachelor of science degree in physical education. After graduation she began teaching with the goals of teaching children the values of a healthy lifestyle.

During Sarah Jane's career she received numerous awards and honors for her commitment to teaching. She received the South Carolina AAHPERD President's Service Award, was named the 1989 South Carolina Elementary Physical Education Teacher of the Year, received the Order of the Palmetto from South Carolina Governor Carroll Campbell, and was named the American Heart Association's Volunteer of the Year. In 1998, she received the Southern District Jump Rope for Heart Recognition Award and was honored by AAHPERD in 2000 for leadership, fund raising for research, and promotion of Jump Rope for Heart.

Sarah Jane began Jump-Rope-For-Heart at Simpsonville Elementary School where she taught for most of her career. Her jump rope teams, the Simpsonville Skippers logged over 200 performances across five states in parades, festivals, and conventions. After stepping down as coordinator for the Jump Rope for Heart Program, she developed South Carolina's largest unicycle team.  After teaching physical education in the Greenville County School System for 34 years, she retired in 1998. Dennis C. Waldrop, Mayor of the City of Simpsonville, declared March 7, 1998 Sarah Jane Limehouse Armstrong Day, for her many years of service and commitment to the youth of Simpsonville.