USA Gymnastics, Right To Play award 26 grants to support member clubs' National Gymnastics Day activities to assist needy children
posted on 08/29/2013

INDIANAPOLIS, Aug. 29, 2013 – USA Gymnastics and Right To Play, a global organization that uses sport and play programs to educate and empower children facing adversity, have awarded 26 grants to USA Gymnastics member clubs to support the innovative programs and initiatives they have created to increase gymnastics' exposure and accessibility to children from disadvantaged or lower-income families as part of their charitable activities for National Gymnastics Day, scheduled for Sept. 21, 2013. Right To Play and USA Gymnastics share the mission of positioning sport and play as pathways for educating children and youth to overcome adversity in disadvantaged communities.

The 26 member clubs that received the National Gymnastics Day event grants are listed below in alphabetical order.

  • Berks East Gymnastics, Parker Ford, Pa.
  • Broadway Gymnastics School, Los Angeles
  • Central Coast Gymnastics Sports Center, Inc., San Luis Obispo, Calif.
  • Elite Sports Complex, Downers Grove, Ill.
  • Elmhurst Gymnastics Center, Elmhurst, Ill.
  • Falcon Gymnastics and Fitness, Belle Vernon, Pa.
  • Freehold Gymnastics Club, Freehold, N.J.
  • Gedderts' Twistars USA, Dimondale, Mich.
  • Glasgow Community Center, Natural Bridge Station, Va.
  • Gymnastics America, Ann Arbor, Mich.
  • Gymnastics Magic Sports Center, Las Cruces, N.M.
  • Hart Gymnastics Academy, King, N.C.
  • Head Over Heels Inc., Rutland, Vt.
  • Inspire Athletics, Elkhart, Ind.
  • Jana's Gymnastics, Plymouth, Ind.
  • Jump Start Gymnastics, Peoria, Ill.
  • North Bay Athletic Association, Vallejo, Calif.
  • Piney Woods Gymnastics Training Center, Longview, Texas
  • Pinnacles Gymnastics, Sandy, Utah
  • Renaissance Gymnastics, East Providence, R.I.
  • South Bay Family YMCA, Chula Vista, Calif.
  • Superior Gymnastics, Morrisville, N.C.
  • Vancouver Elite Gymnastics Academy, Camas, W.Va.
  • Wendy Hilliard Foundation, New York, N.Y.
  • West Virginia Gymnastics Training Center, Morgantown, W.Va.
  • Wrights Gymnastics, Greenwood, Ind.
A panel of USA Gymnastics and Right To Play representatives reviewed the grant requests and determined the recipients using the following criteria: the applicant must be a USA Gymnastics Member Club; the funds must be allocated solely toward the execution of the approved activities, which must be staged in conjunction with National Gymnastics Day; plan included specifics for outreach to children who may not have the opportunity to experience gymnastics or fitness; the events must have a fitness theme; plans and status updates must be communicated to USA Gymnastics throughout the promotion and execution periods; and a follow-up report, including financial accounting and photos, must be submitted to USA Gymnastics within 30 days of implementation.

As part of the partnership, three of the USA's well-known gymnasts – 2012 Olympic all-around champion Gabrielle Douglas, 2008 Olympic horizontal bar silver-medalist Jonathan Horton and 2008 Olympic team silver-medalist Alicia Sacramone – will serve as Right To Play Athlete Ambassadors and co-chairs of National Gymnastics Day. Through special events, National Gymnastics Day, the Athlete Ambassador program and community outreach, the two organization's mutual goal is to provide opportunities to children who would normally not have the chance to experience both gymnastics and the power of participating in sports.

Right To Play is a global organization that uses organized sport and play to educate and empower children facing adversity. It was founded in 2000 by Koss, a social entrepreneur and the 2013 recipient of the Henry R. Kravis Prize for Leadership. Right To Play's organizing premise — that play-based learning can act as a powerful tool for a child's social and cognitive development — has shown measurable results in 20 countries on four continents. Right To Play serves more than one million children every week in regular activities that promote health, conflict resolution, basic life skills, education, self-esteem, dignity and respect. These are children who have lost family members, have disabilities, are affected by HIV and AIDS, live on the streets and in refugee camps, and are former child combatants. Right To Play is supported by an international network of more than 300 professional and Olympic athletes from more than 40 countries. For more information, visit www.righttoplayusa.org.


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