Carissa Caricato

Jesus loves you!

About Me

Hey, my name is Carissa Caricato, and I have a passion for people and positive change. I love traveling with my nonprofit, spreading the joy of hooping and the love of God all over the world through Hoola for Happiness.  

This is one of my favorite Bible verses, which shows how God uses the little simple things for His glory. 

      God chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And he chose things that are powerless to shame those who are powerful. God chose things despised by the world, things counted as nothing at all, and used them to bring to nothing what the world considers important.  - I Corinthians 1: 27-28 (NLT)

I think this about two things: my life and the hoop.

God has picked up the pieces of my broken life; a life lived foolishly running from God for nine years, caught in the bondage of addiction, unfulfilling relationships and an unhealthy zest for the crazy. Jesus made me whole, set me free and gave me the gift of hoop dance. I asked God to give me the world as my playground, full of adventures for His glory, and He has answered that dream through an international ministry called Hoola for Happiness (

Our team of hoop missionaries (called Joy Spreaders) travel with 5-color Hoola for Life gospel hoops all over the world to teach hoop dance and share God’s love to the least, lost and last. God’s heart yearns to have a personal relationship with all people of every nation, and He has a special heart for the simple little ones, the children, the disabled, the blind, the deaf, the forgotten, the abused, the broken, the humble and the weak. We believe the hoop dance is for everyone, regardless of age, race, religion, sex, or dance ability. This is the same as the love of God. We were all created to worship, dance and love God!

 The hoop may seem like just a silly child’s toy, but it is an incredibly powerful “joy magnet” for transcending language barriers, introducing joy where hope has been lost, creating pockets of light in darkness, and releasing freedom for bodies and souls. Over 7,000 hoops have made their way with Joy Spreaders to 71 countries!

God has called us to be dancing missionaries in every place we find ourselves.


 Thanks for stopping by!