Cincinnati Gymnastics Academy participates in the Tyson Fitness Challenge
posted on 05/15/2007

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind., May 15, 2007 — Cincinnati Gymnastics Academy, one of the country’s leading gymnastics clubs that has produced numerous national team members and several Olympians, is joining the effort to help kids get more physically active by participating in this summer’s Tyson Fitness Challenge, an eight-session children’s fitness program. In addition, Cincinnati Gymnastics Academy plans to raise money for the Children’s Miracle Network through the Tyson Fitness Challenge.

"Children, coaches and parents all need the reminder of how important balanced living is," said Mary Lee Tracy, president and head coach of Cincinnati Gymnastics Academy. "Life moves so fast and we can easily skip working out, choose fast food and sit at the computer. The best medicine for stress and pressure is to work out and eat right. The Tyson Fitness Challenge is good for all of us."

"Fitness is an important aspect of everyone’s life," said Steve Penny, president of USA Gymnastics. "With the help and support of clubs like Cincinnati Gymnastics Academy, the gymnastics community will make a considerable difference in improving the lives of children everywhere."

The Tyson Fitness Challenge, a joint initiative of USA Gymnastics and Tyson Foods, has two goals: helping today’s kids get more physically fit through fun activities; and raising money to help kids who are fighting illnesses through the Children’s Miracle Network. Geared toward youngsters, ages 4-16, the program is not about teaching gymnastics skills, but using gymnastics to help kids become more physically fit, as well as learn about a well-balanced diet. Held between March 3 and Aug. 4, 2007, the culmination of the Tyson Fitness Challenge is voluntary participation in raising funds for Children’s Miracle Network.

Cincinnati Gymnastics Academy will host the eight-session Tyson Fitness Challenge program for four weeks this summer and will donate 25 percent of the session fees to the Children’s Miracle Network. The Tyson Fitness Challenge at Cincinnati Gymnastics Academy culminates on National Gymnastics Day, Aug. 4, when students in all of the gym’s programs participate in a cartwheel-a-thon to raise additional funds.

Cincinnati Gymnastics Academy has three current U.S. national team members -- Bianca Flohr of Creston, Ohio, Hilary Mauro of West Chester, Ohio, and Ashley Priess of Hamilton, Ohio -- who understand the importance of a healthy lifestyle and the role it has played in their success.

"Fitness is a big part of my life and also helps me be a better athlete," Flohr said. "The Tyson Fitness Challenge is a great way for children to learn that they can have fun while getting fit."

"Because gymnastics is such a challenging sport, you need to balance cardiovascular exercise, strength training, flexibility and nutrition to be the best that you can be," Mauro said. "Add perseverance and determination, and the possibilities are endless."

The Tyson Fitness Challenge participants will increase their flexibility, strength and endurance, as well as learn about the importance of a well-balanced diet. One hundred percent of the money raised by Cincinnati Gymnastics Academy will be donated to their local Children’s Miracle Network hospital.

"Being physically fit increases my confidence and self-esteem, and will always play a huge role in my life," said Priess. "The Tyson Fitness Challenge is a great way to challenge yourself, while also making an impact on those in need."

Cincinnati Gymnastics Academy’s summer schedule also includes opportunities for its team gymnasts and campers to participate in the fundraising portion of the Tyson Fitness Challenge. For each new skill learned during Cincinnati Gymnastics Academy’s two Firecracker Camps (June 11-15 for Level 6 through Elite and July 16-20 for beginner through Level 5), the gymnasts will drop 25 cents into their Tyson Fitness Challenge/Children’s Miracle Network piggy bank. Cincinnati Gymnastics Academy also will donate 10 percent of the proceeds from the gym’s annual team banquet auction to the Children’s Miracle Network.

Since partnering in 2001, USA Gymnastics and its member clubs across the country have raised more than $645,000 for the Children’s Miracle Network. USA Gymnastics recently announced its goal to raise that total to $1 million by 2008.

Children's Miracle Network—the alliance of premier hospitals for children—is a non-profit organization dedicated to saving and improving the lives of children by raising funds for children’s hospitals across North America. Each year the 170 Children's Miracle Network hospitals provide the finest medical care, life-saving research and preventative education to help millions of kids overcome diseases and injuries of every kind. For more information on Children’s Miracle Network visit

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