LIVERMORE, Calif. – January 17, 2018 – Today the Acrobatic Gymnastics Foundation (AGF) announced the opening of its application period for 2018 Athlete Assistance Grants. The grant program was established by the Foundation to provide financial support to qualifying U.S. acrobatic gymnasts. This is the third year of the AGF’s commitment to the success of acrobatic gymnasts through needs-based financial assistance to help athletes train and compete in the current competition year. Former acrobatic gymnastics World Champion and AGF founder Kristin Allen commented, “I am incredibly proud of the dedication, hard work and generosity of so many people who have helped enable the success of this program which benefits our athletes.” Since 2016, 22 athletes ranging from Level 6 through National Team Senior Elite, have received a total of $20,500 to help fund regular training, competition wear and travel expenses.

Ryan Ward, Acrobatic Gymnastics Director for USA Gymnastics expressed, “the Acrobatic Gymnastics Foundation continues to meaningfully help acrobatic athletes to realize their competition dreams in the sport. USA Gymnastics looks forward to continuing its partnership with the AGF and its mission to support U.S. acrobatic gymnasts in 2018 and beyond.”

For further information about the 2018 Athlete Assistance Grant program and to apply, go to Applications will be received January 17, 2018 through Friday, February 15, 2018.

The Acrobatic Gymnastics Foundation, a 501(c)(3), is the only national non-profit organization focused on the sport of Acrobatic Gymnastics. Funds are raised through several AGF programs, including the popular #iheartacro Bash at the USA Gymnastics Championships event, private donations, the sale of #iheartacro gear, and the Friends of the Acrobatic Gymnastics Foundation program. The AGF mission is “to enrich our community, provide athlete funding, and create a sustainable platform to engage and empower acrobatic athletes.”

To make a tax-deductible donation to the Acrobatic Gymnastics Foundation which directly benefits acrobatic gymnasts, or to become a Friend of the AGF go to To be added to the Foundation’s email distribution for announcements regarding upcoming programs and events, please email [email protected]. Please follow the Acrobatic Gymnastics Foundation Facebook page for regular news and updates.