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
Seven 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.
In 2019, we had more than 30 gymnasts achieve a podium finish at their state competition. 17 of these gymnasts won state titles, including two All-Around Champions.
Two of our teams competed in a league where you can qualify for a regional competition, which is comprised of seven states. 10 gymnasts competed in this competition in Kansas City, and we had another strong showing, including five podium finishes.
In 2018, our team banquet took on a whole new meaning by providing personal recognition for team members and a celebration with a DJ and dancing. In 2019, we continued this new tradition for the second year with coaches, gymnasts, and their families coming together to celebrate a special year of JCC Gems team gymnastics.
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, Galveston, San Diego, Austin, and Florida.
- We expanded our staff this year to include six full-time employees. This has allowed us to better meet the demands of our growing program.
- Our adult gymnastics class continues to thrive, as we have adults of all levels coming to us for a fun and challenging fitness workout.
- We continue to add an innovative lineup of special events and break programs. Some of our biggest hits this past year included our “Be a Star” Class Meet, Back Handspring Clinics, and Preschool & Elementary Winter Break Camp.
- In 2019, we brought back our Gems Team Overnight. We had so much fun that we did it again in early 2020!
- 2020 is an Olympic year, which means it’s a big year for gymnastics! We look forward to incorporating the Olympic values of determination, respect, and friendship into the gym as we get into the spirit of the Games.
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