- Recognizing and rewarding academic achievement in junior gymnasts is paramount to the success of the USA Gymnastics Junior Olympic Program.
The Junior Program is designed to provide a training ground for the development of young athletes. While physical development is obviously important, the program must also stress development of values, morals and social skills, which will remain with these future citizens all their lives.
Encouraging a high level of academic achievement in our young athletes is as important as encouraging their athletic achievement. Motivation for this achievement, while intrinsically driven, can be enhanced by recognition by the USA Gymnastics Men's Program.
The USA Gymnastics Men's Program has therefore established the following Academic All-American Recognition Award program to be presented annually at the Junior National Championships.
There are three program levels open to all students enrolled in an accredited high school program. Home schooled athletes are also eligible.
Athletes do not have to qualify to Junior Nationals to be eligible.
First Team USA Gymnastics Academic All-American - students with a cumulative GPA of 3.85 or higher shall be named "First Team USA Gymnastics Academic All-American".
Second Team USA Gymnastics Academic All-American - students who demonstrate the scholastic ability to post a cumulative GPA of 3.7 to 3.84 shall be named "Second Team USA Gymnastics Academic All-American".
Honorable Mention USA Gymnastics Academic All-American - students who demonstrate the scholastic ability to post a cumulative GPA of 3.5 to 3.69 shall be named "Honorable Mention USA Gymnastics Academic All-American".
Application Procedure and Deadline
A minimum of two letters of recommendation are required to receive this recognition. One letter must be from the athlete's personal coach and the second letter must be from one of the student's high school teachers, the high school counselor or principal.
The applicants GPA must be certified by the school counselor and should appear on the application, in all cases, converted to a 4.0 scale.
A home schooled athlete must have his GPA confirmed by an accredited independent organization or school system that is responsible for oversight and certification of that athlete's home school studies. In the absence of such confirmation, no Academic All-American Award may be granted (JOPC 9/13/13).
The required application, recommendation letters and certification must be submitted to the USA Gymnastics Men's Program Manager by April 1, with a $25.00 per gymnast processing fee. Incomplete applications will not be processed
Click Here or contact your State Chairman for an Academic All-American Recognition Award application.