INDIANAPOLIS, Sept. 10, 2015 – For 2015, 71 USA Gymnastics member clubs have received grants to support activities for National Gymnastics Day on Sept. 19. The financial support for this year’s grants comes from the Nastia Liukin Fund and the P&G/Team USA Youth Sports Fund, marking the third year that funding for National Gymnastics Day activities has been available. The grants are for initiatives that promote community outreach, diversity in the sport or assisting current gymnasts who have financial challenges to stay in the sport.
The focus for National Gymnastics Day in 2015 is fitness and gymnastics, as well as providing opportunities for children who do not have access to gymnastics. 2008 Olympic all-around champion Nastia Liukin and 1984 Olympic gold-medalist Peter Vidmar have signed on as National Gymnastics Day co-chairs for the year.
Since its inception in 1999, National Gymnastics Day has evolved into a national celebration and promotion of gymnastics that includes local outreach, social media activation and charitable activities. Representing 31 states, the 71 clubs receiving 2015 grants are listed below. The supported activities range from providing scholarships to athletes who need financial support to remain in gymnastics to holding a National Gymnastics Day event that promotes diversity and inclusion in gymnastics and/or community outreach to procuring a scholarship for continuing coaches’ education through the USA Gymnastics University.
Bama Bounders, Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Arizona Dreams, Prescott Valley, Ariz.
Flagstaff Gymnastics, Flagstaff, Ariz.
Fallbrook Gymnastics Club, Fallbrook, Calif.
Genesis Gymnastics, Lancaster, Calif.
Gymnastics Trix, Alpine, Calif.
Stars Athletic Foundation, Monrovia, Calif.
Thames Valley, North Franklin, Conn.
Cats Gymnastics of Jupiter, Jupiter, Fla.
Intensity Gymnastics, Margate, Fla.
Panama City Gymnastics, Panama City, Fla.
Rising Stars Gymnastics, Boca Raton, Fla.
Sky High Gymnastics Training Center, Ormond Beach, Fla.
Carrollton Flexettes, Carrollton, Ga.
Chattooga Gymnastics, Marietta, Ga.
Gymnastix Training Center, Buford, Ga.
Precision South, Warner Robins, Ga.
Hawaiian Island Twisters, Honolulu, Hawaii
3D Gymnastics & Cheer, Alsip, Ill.
Dana Mannix Gymnastics, Indianapolis, Ind.
DeVeau’s School of Gymnastics, Fishers, Ind.
Dream Big Gymnastics, Portage, Ind.
Elite Gymnastics, Lafayette, Ind.
Hoosier Gymnastics Training Center, Plainfield, Ind.
Junior Olympic Trampoline & Tumbling Inc./Midwest Training and Ice Center, Dyer, Ind.
Tumbling Express, Washington, Ind.
Wright’s, Greenwood, Ind.
Eyas Gymnastics, Coralville, Iowa
Twisters Gymnastics, Berlin, Md.
Grand Rapids Gymnastics, Grand Rapids, Mich.
Midland Gymnastics Training Center, Midland, Mich.
Gym-Zzouri, Jefferson City, Mo.
Liberty Academy, Liberty, Mo.
Lone Mountain Gymnastics, Bozeman, Mont.
Mismo Gymnastics, Missoula, Mont.
Country Side, Fayetteville, N.C.
Gymnastics Academy of Cherry Hill, Cherry Hill, N.J.
Gym Magic Gymnastics, Las Cruces, N.M.
Zero Gravity Gymnastics, Las Cruces, N.M.
AcroJets Gymnastics Booster Club, Inc.- Stumpf’s Gymnastics, East Amherst, N.Y.
Gymnastics Unlimited -Orchard Park, West Seneca, N.Y.
Wendy Hilliard Gymnastics Foundation, New York, N.Y.
High Sierra, Reno, Nev.
Seacoast Gymnastics Center, Rochester, N.H.
Hand 2 Hand, Springboro, Ohio
Sokol Greater Cleveland, Cleveland, Ohio
Trics Gymnastics Academy, Washington Court House, Ohio
Aim High Academy, Tulsa, Okla.
Victory Gymnastics, Norman, Okla.
National Academy, Eugene, Ore.
Arcadia Gymnastics, Beaver Falls, Pa.
Berks East, Parkerford, Pa.
Gym Dandys, Washington, Pa.
Parkettes, Allentown, Pa.
Pittsburgh Gymnastics, Homestead, Pa.
Trinity Gymnastics, Gibsonia, Pa.
Capital City, West Columbia, S.C.
Next Level, Rock Hill, S.C.
Spirit Gymnastics & Cheerleading, Bon Aqua, Tenn.
Wimbleton Gymnastics Inc., Bartlett, Tenn.
Extreme Cheer & Tumble, Killeen and Temple, Texas
Faith Flip, Longview, Texas
HighPoint Athletics, Sunset, Texas
Texas Star Gymnastics, Tomball, Texas
Volonte Tumbling Trampoline and Cheer, Clearfield, Utah
Gym America, Herndon, Va.
Mountain Empire, Abingdon, Va.
Cobra Gymnastics, Rutland, Vt.
Sunrise Gymnastics, Barre, Vt.
Northpointe Gymnastics, Vancouver, Wash.
Spokane Gymnastics, Spokane Valley, Wash.
These clubs will join gymnasts across the nation and around the world in celebrating National Gymnastics Day. This year, National Gymnastics Day is going global and encouraging gymnasts and gymnastics fans from around the world to participate in the “Show Your Salute Challenge.” The international outreach for National Gymnastics Day is a natural outgrowth of USA Gymnastics’ Global Ambassador Program, which provides gymnastics expertise to developing nations in the sport, and its involvement in the Pan American Gymnastics Union and International Gymnastics Federation. Australia, Austria, Denmark, Israel, Mexico, Panama, South Africa, and Trinidad and Tobago are registered to participate.
The “Show Your Salute Challenge” is set for 1 p.m. local time for participants, gymnasts and fans alike to submit photos by using #NGD2015 when posting images on social media sites, including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Prizes will be awarded for the most creative photos showing his or her salute after executing a skill. Winners will be announced on Wednesday, Sept. 23.
Visit gymnasticsday.com for updates and more information.