Our purpose is to provide a fun and encouraging environment where gymnasts can learn new skills, push themselves, and build lasting friendships. Gymnastics is a challenging sport, and we want every child to walk through our doors excited to be here and ready to engage with their friends and coaches. We hope to push our gymnasts out of their comfort zone, teach them how to set goals and conquer fears, and appreciate the process of gymnastics and how to work hard to achieve their goals. The JCC is a second home to many of our gymnasts, and we want the feeling of belonging to a community to resonate with them for years to come.
Expansion, Growth, Impact
Six years ago, due to an increase in participants and shortage of space, our gym was updated thanks to the generosity of our donors. Even with the additional space and new equipment, within a couple years of updating our facility, we are once again nearing capacity.
Recently, the JCC Gems started competing in a league that allows gymnasts at a certain level to qualify for a regional competition, which is comprised of six states. In 2018, we had 16 gymnasts qualify for Regionals and one gymnast won the All-Around in their division. We also took home an event title.
CREATING A LONG-LASTING COMMUNITY
Where many programs only take the elitist, we welcome all skill levels. Our teams are supportive of each other and encourage newcomers to become the best. We have seen countless children gain confidence and challenge themselves to rise to the next level. Many children who have utilized our gymnastics program go on to become camp counselors and coaches at the JCC.
The J also offers gymnasts an opportunity for social interaction with their peers including
- Camp Field Trips, Dress Up Days, swimming and more
- Team Socials, and a Big Little Sister Program
- Special Events, Late Nights, and Break Programs
ON THE ROAD AGAIN
We want to provide more of an experience.
In 2016, the JCC Gems traveled to Mexico City. Our gymnasts stayed with host families from the Mexico City JCC, toured Mexico City, competed in a friendship meet, and celebrated Shabbat together. It was a true international experience with gymnastics being the common bond that tied everyone together. Highlights of the trip included learning about Jewish culture in another country, overcoming language barriers, and forming friendships through the sport we love.
Since this trip, we have continued offering additional opportunities for team travel and camaraderie, which have included stops in Denver, Fort Worth, Galveston, and Houston. In 2019, we will be traveling to San Diego and Austin.
- One of our teams is going to try and qualify for Nationals, which will be a first for our program.
- Our adult gymnastics class is thriving, as we have adults of all levels coming to us for a fun and challenging fitness workout. We even have a few adults planning to participate in a competition this spring!
- We continue to add an innovative lineup of break programs and late nights including Circus Silks & Skills and New Year’s Gym Jam. Popular late nights include Flick n’ Float, Ninja, and Handsprings and S’mores.
- Gems Gymnastics Camp 2019 will include tracks for Grades 4+ including fitness, cheer, and gymnastics intensive. Grades 7+ can take part in a leadership program.
- In 2018, we offered a new one-week camp called “Get Fit”, which provided a unique opportunity for tweens to be introduced to a wide variety of fitness classes led by top-notch JCC trainers. Our lineup of classes included yoga/pilates, Speedflex, aerial yoga, rock the raft, trampoline cardio, step aerobics, and more! We will offer this exciting program again in 2019.
- Our team banquet, which takes place annually in May, took on a whole new meaning this past spring by providing personal recognition for team members and a celebration with a DJ and dancing. We plan to continue this tradition for years to come.
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