Gymnastics is a great option for summer fun
posted on 05/31/2007
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind., May 31, 2007 Acaa For kids, summertime spells fun and lots of activity, and gymnastics is an option that satisfies both kids and their parents. For USA Gymnastics and its member clubs across the country, the summer months means summer camps and the Tyson Fitness Challenge. Both provide kids with a fun and safe environment to learn gymnastics skills, and gymnastics is a great foundation for kids to become more physically fit and to improve participation in other sports. So, it is great for all kids, whether they want to be a gymnast or not.
Legendary gymnastics coach Bela Karolyi and three of the USA’s top gymnasts – Jana Bieger of Coconut Creek, Fla., Nastia Liukin of Parker, Texas, and Chellsie Memmel of West Allis, Wis. – were featured on Today earlier today to talk about summer camps and fitness.

“Parents looking for fun activities for their kids need to look no further than gymnastics,” said Steve Penny, president of USA Gymnastics. “Between summer camps and the Tyson Fitness Challenge, parents have options that will provide a fun and physically active environment, from learning gymnastics skills to using gymnastics’ basics to become more physically fit.” 
More than 550 summer gymnastics camps are scheduled nationwide for this summer. They come in a variety of formats and lengths and include day camps, as well as overnight camps. Camps are available for children ranging in age from four to 16 and older.  

ome clubs have well-known gymnasts come for a special camp session. In addition to teaching gymnastics skills, many clubs build in other activities, like field trips or arts and crafts. Many of the overnight camps also include other recreational activities like fishing, horseback riding, swimming, etc. 
A list of summer gymnastics camps is available online through the USA Gymnastics’ Summer Camp Directory at
Fitness-related activities are incorporated into many of the summer camps, and many clubs are holding the Tyson Fitness Challenge, a joint initiative of USA Gymnastics and Tyson Foods. The Tyson Fitness Challenge has two goals: helping today’s kids get more physically fit and raising money to help kids who are fighting illnesses through the Children’s Miracle Network. The program is not about teaching gymnastics skills; it is about gymnastics clubs helping kids increase their flexibility, strength and endurance, as well as learning about the importance of a well-balanced diet. Geared toward youngsters, ages 4-16, the program encourages physical fitness through fun activities.
For more information on the Tyson Fitness Challenge, visit
The culmination of the Tyson Fitness Challenge and many gymnastics clubs’ summer programs is voluntary participation in National Gymnastics Day celebrations to raise money for 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 the end of 2008.
Established in 1999, National Gymnastics Day is a platform to showcase the many benefits of gymnastics, as well as promote the ideals of physical fitness and community service nationwide. This year, gymnasts in the United States will celebrate National Gymnastics Day on Aug. 4. 
Children's Miracle NetworkAcaathe alliance of premier hospitals for childrenAcaais 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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