The College Park-based nonprofit program KiDsGyM USA, founded by Tracy and Stephanie Campbell, recently hosted its 30th annual Olympic Day at Conley Recreation Center, also in College Park.
Featuring flips, kicks and a variety of balancing acts, the gymnastics event was a success with parents, family and friends, according to nonprofit spokeswoman Alexandria Bolden.
The child participants “awed and entertained” the attendees, she said in a statement.
Jacarae Callis, mother of a participant, said her child enjoyed the preparation as well as the performance.
“Sanai was so excited,” she said at the event. “This is her first Olympic Day and she’s been excited about gymnastics for as long as we can remember.”
Age categories separated performances into classes with group names like Wiggle Worms, Mighty Mites, Super Mites and DynoMites.
After warm-ups, they took to the floor, mini-trampoline, vaults, high beam and uneven bars, and demonstrated skills like tumbling and handstands.
Bolden said the children have been working hard all year, “attending fun, but highly structured classes with professionally trained coaches week after week.”
Parents observed how their children developed more confidence.
“Ariah was a little nervous at first, but when she got involved, she was doing everything,” her dad Ronald Agee said at the event. “She was a real a standout.”
Coach Jordan Campbell, the son of the co-founders, said the anniversary event marked the program’s consistent outreach.
“It’s pretty awesome to see 30 years of this event happen and take place, to consistently be able to host a great event making the kids and all their families happy,” he said. “Seeing everyone participate is incredible.”
A portion of the event’s raffle ticket sales will benefit the Atlanta Mission, which serves women and children, Bolden said.
The program’s summer session continues through Aug. 4 at Conley Recreation Center, 3636 College St., its 30-year training center, as well as at private schools, academies, Head Start centers, day care centers and Boys and Girls Clubs.
Toddler classes are for boys and girls age 1 to 3 years old. Preschool classes are for children age 3 to 5. Girls and boys age 5 and up take separate classes.
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