USA Gymnastics establishes senior national team alum network
posted on 08/07/2017

INDIANAPOLIS, August 7, 2017 – USA Gymnastics has established the USA Gymnastics Alumni Network, which is open to all gymnasts who have been a member of a U.S. Senior National Team for men’s gymnastics, women’s gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics, acrobatic gymnastics, and trampoline and tumbling. The USA Gymnastics Alumni Network provides the opportunity for past national team members not only to stay connected with the sport of gymnastics, but also to reconnect with their peers and teammates.

“The USA Gymnastics Alumni Network has been a long time coming,” said Ron Galimore, chief operating officer of USA Gymnastics. “We recognize the importance of staying in touch with our national team members after their days of competing have ended, as well as the value of friendships that are formed while on the national team. Many former senior national team members have indicated they want to stay connected with USA Gymnastics and past teammates, and the birth of the USA Gymnastics Alumni Network is the outcome of those conversations.”

To make it easy for past national team members to become involved, the Alumni Network outreach is through Facebook with a dedicated, closed membership page, USA Gymnastics Alumni Network.

“As a past member of the national team, I think the Alumni Network is an incredible opportunity to interact and connect not only with gymnasts from my competitive days, but also the many talented athletes who have represented the USA at any point in time,” said David Durante, chair of the Athletes’ Council, athlete director on the USA Gymnastics Board of Directors, and 2008 Olympic Team alternate. “I think having a specific place where this special group of gymnasts can meet and interact will regenerate the camaraderie and friendship that spans across disciplines and careers. I also hope this will keep our best and brightest engaged and involved in our sport in the years to come.”

To join the conversation and the alumni group, anyone who has been a member of a U.S. Senior National Team can go to Facebook’s USA Gymnastics Alumni Network and request to be a member. For more information or questions, individuals can send an email to alumni@usagym.org. Luan Peszek, vice president of program development, is currently heading up this initiative.

Based in Indianapolis, USA Gymnastics is the national governing body for gymnastics in the United States. Its mission is to encourage participation and the pursuit of excellence in the sport. Its disciplines include men's and women's artistic gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics, trampoline and tumbling, acrobatic gymnastics, and group gymnastics (known internationally as Gymnastics for All). For more information, visit usagym.org.