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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind., Nov. 17, 2007 – The Board of Directors of USA Gymnastics today voted to adopt a 20-person Board of Directors as the governance model for the organization, replacing the existing 48-person Board. The new Board will assemble at the Fall 2008 meeting.


“This change will better enable USA Gymnastics to operate in todays sports-business environment,” said Ron Froehlich, chairman of the board for USA Gymnastics. “The restructuring also puts the organization in better alignment with the governance direction of the U.S. Olympic Committee and non-profit best practices.”


The 20-person Board will provide long-term strategic planning and meet four times annually. The make-up of the 20-person Board is: two representatives from both the men’s and women’s programs; one each from rhythmic gymnastics, acrobatic gymnastics and trampoline/tumbling; three representatives from the newly created Advisory Council; five athletes (one per discipline); four public sector members; and the chairman of the board.


The Advisory Council will represent the independent gymnastics organizations with three representatives on the Board and will meet annually during the USA Gymnastics National Congress.


A five-person transitional committee will oversee the necessary steps for implementing the change.


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 mens and womens artistic gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics, trampoline and tumbling, and acrobatic gymnastics. For more information, log on to www.usa-gymnastics.org.