“GYMNASTICS ON THE GRAND” LARGEST COMPETITION IN MICHIGAN COMING TO DOWNTOWN GRAND RAPIDS BRINGING OVER 2200 GYMNASTS

Contact: Katy Tigchelaar, West MI Sports Commission             Kyle Search, Grand Rapids Gymnastics

(616) 233-3564                                                                       (616) 848-6938

ktigchelaar@westmisports.com                                             kyle_search@yahoo.com

 

“GYMNASTICS ON THE GRAND” LARGEST COMPETITION IN MICHIGANCOMING TO DOWNTOWN GRAND RAPIDS BRINGING OVER 2200 GYMNASTS

Featuring a Special Olympics Exhibition and Olympians Jordyn Wieber & Jake Dalton

Grand Rapids, Mich., November 22, 2017 –  Grand Rapids Gymnastics is hosting the 8th annual Gymnastics on the Grand competition. This exciting event will take place December 1-3 at the DeVos Place Convention Center (303 Monroe Ave N.W., Grand Rapids, MI 49503). Sanctioned by USA Gymnastics, this competition will kick off early Friday morning and finish up Sunday night. Gymnastics on the Grand will feature over 2,200 talented gymnasts, both boys and girls, from the Midwest.

Making a special appearance this year will be Michigan native, 2012 Olympic Gold medalist and member of the Fierce Five, Jordyn Wieber. Returning to Gymnastics on the Grand this year will be two time Olympian (2012, 2016), Jake Dalton. Both Jordyn and Jake will be at the competition to meet fans and sign autographs throughout the weekend.

For the first time Gymnastics on the Grand will be hosting a college session. The NAIGC, National Association of Intercollegiate Gymnastics Clubs, will have male and female athletes competing Friday night.

Another highlight of the weekend will be Saturday’s competition (December 2nd), which kicks off with the Special Olympics gymnasts who will show off their skills in an exhibition performance. Following the Special Olympians, the most advanced gymnasts, with the highest scores from the previous day, will go head to head in the Alpha Factor Event Finals. This exciting session kicks off at 3:45pm.

“We do it all for the kids,” said Chris Wright, Gymnastics on the Grand Meet Director. “We put in thousands of volunteer hours to make this meet happen. At the end of the day it is worth every minute to give the gymnasts an exceptional experience. For our kids at Grand Rapids Gymnastics it is their favorite meet, competing in their hometown in front of family and friends is a big deal for them. Along with the thousands of USAG athletes, volunteers and spectators, we are proud to feature an exhibition performance by the Special Olympics of West Michigan gymnastics team.  Special Olympics is a great cause that is near and dear to our hearts.”

“Special Olympics Michigan is excited to again participate at Gymnastics on the Grand this year,” said Nick Caudle Special Olympics Michigan representative.  “This has been a fantastic experience for our athletes in the past and they are again looking forward to this great event.  The opportunity for our athletes to compete in front of their peers, family and friends on such a big stage is a true testament to the work they put into the sport.  Gymnastics on the Grand has been a strong supporter of our athletes for a long time; inviting our athletes to compete helps promote our mission of a more inclusive world and gives our athletes a fantastic platform to demonstrate their abilities.  We appreciate the support we receive from Gymnastics on the Grand and we love being a part of this great event. “

Grand Rapids Gymnastics is entering its eighth year of working with the Special Olympics. Every spring Grand Rapids Gymnastics also has the pleasure of hosting the West Michigan Special Olympics Gymnastics competition. For many, Special Olympics are the only place where they find an opportunity to participate in their communities, develop belief in their self and feel like champions.

“The Grand Rapids Gymnastics gym does a fabulous job hosting this event year after year,” said Mike Guswiler, President of the West Michigan Sports Commission.  “We hear a lot of positive feedback from out of town guests that compete and they come back each year because this group exceeds their expectations.”

Competition will take place Friday 8:00am – 9:00pm, Saturday 8:00am – 9:00pm and Sunday from 8:00am – 9:00pm. For a detailed schedule of sessions and more information, go to

www.GymnasticsOnTheGrand.com

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About the West Michigan Sports Commission:

The mission of the West Michigan Sports Commission is to promote Michigan’s West Coast as the premier venue for hosting a diverse level of youth and amateur sporting events, enhancing the economy and quality of life in the region.

About Grand Rapids Gymnastics:

Grand Rapids Gymnastics is a premier gymnastics and activity center with a highly trained staff and state-of-the-art 19,000 square foot facility. Activities include Preschool Gymnastics, Recreational Gymnastics, Birthday Parties, Open Gym, Tumbling and Trampoline classes and Competitive Gymnastics Teams for boys and girls plus many other special events throughout the year. For more information, go to www.GRGymnastics.com

Media Contacts

West Michigan Sports Commission

Katy Tigchelaar

Kim Skeltis, Blue Blaze PR

Meijer State Games of Michigan

Eric Engelbarts, II

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