INDIANAPOLIS, Sept. 12, 2012 – On Sept. 22, USA Gymnastics and the gymnastics community plan to "Turn the World Upside Down" to celebrate this year's National Gymnastics Day and commemorate Team USA's success at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, the Kellogg's Tour of Gymnastics Champions and the incredible impact being active can have on a child's life.
USA Gymnastics is a proud supporter of First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move! initiative to end childhood obesity.
"The First Lady is inspiring kids across the country to lead active, healthy lifestyles," said Steve Penny, president of USA Gymnastics. "National Gymnastics Day is all about introducing new children to the sport of gymnastics and showing them that fitness is fun!"
To celebrate the sport and mark the day, gymnasts, coaches, gymnastics clubs and fans alike are invited to turn upside down at 1 p.m. ET on Sept. 22. Then, snap a photo and share it, along with the number of individuals participating, on the USA Gymnastics Facebook page. The goal is to exceed the 20,478 individuals who set the world record for simultaneously performed handstands in 2011.
Many clubs around the United States use the National Gymnastics Day event as an opportunity to support Children's Miracle Network Hospitals in a club's local community. Since 2001, gymnastics clubs across the country have raised more than $1.7 million for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals.
The United States won six medals at the Olympic Games in London – the women's team gold medal; the women's all-around gold medal, Gabby Douglas of Virginia Beach, Va./Chow's Gymnastics; the women's floor exercise gold medal, Alexandra Raisman of Needham, Mass./Brestyan's American Gymnastics; the -women's vault silver medal, McKayla Maroney of Long Beach, Fla./All-Olympia Gymnastics; the men's all-around bronze medal, Danell Leyva of Miami/Team Hilton HHonors; and the women's floor exercise bronze medal, Raisman. The U.S. women's team that won the Olympic title was comprised of Douglas, Maroney, Raisman, Kyla Ross of Aliso Viejo, Calif./Gym-Max, and Jordyn Wieber of DeWitt, Mich./Gedderts' Twistars USA.
Members of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team join 2008 Olympic all-around champion Nastia Liukin of Parker, Texas/WOGA Gymnastics and her fellow 2008 Olympic team silver medalists Chellsie Memmel of West Allis, Wis./M and M Gymnastics, and Alicia Sacramone of Winchester, Mass./Brestyan's American Gymnastics, in headlining the all-star cast for the Kellogg's® Tour of Gymnastics Champions, which wraps up on Nov. 18 in Brooklyn, N.Y. Tickets are on sale now, and the Kellogg's Tour includes stops in cities big and small across the United States, including Las Vegas, Dallas, Kansas City, Mo., Minneapolis, Louisville, Ky., Hartford, Conn., and Brooklyn, N.Y. For more information, go to Kelloggstour.com.
For more information on "Turn the World Upside Down," National Gymnastics Day and USA Gymnastics' participation in "Let's Move!," go to usagym.org/upsidedown.