The South Bay Family YMCA will help celebrate National Gymnastics Day, Friday, Sept. 27, as YMCA day campers have the opportunity to learn about the sport from 6 to 10 a.m. at Olympic View Elementary School, 1220 South Greensview Drive in Chula Vista.
Hundreds of YMCA day campers will have the opportunity to do cartwheels, forward rolls, hand stands, walk on a balance beam, and learn about the sport of gymnastics.
National Gymnastics Day is dedicated to increasing the excitement for the sport of gymnastics, while providing awareness about the health benefits of the sport.
The South Bay Family YMCA is home to the largest competitive gymnastics facility — the Kari Lyn Sutherland Gymnastics Center — in South San Diego County and serving more than 8,000 gymnasts annually.
The South Bay Family YMCA was the sole YMCA in the nation to receive a $1,000 grant from USA Gymnastics and Right To Play. www.righttoplay.com/usa/news-and-media/Pages/USAGymnasticsandRightToPlayAwardGrants.aspx
In conjunction with the celebration of National Gymnastics Day, the South bay Family YMCA will publicly announce the grand opening date for the new Eastlake YMCA, a 36,000-square-foot facility in the east Chula Vista with more than 17,000 square feet of gymnastics space.
The Eastlake YMCA will house the newly expanded Kari Lyn Sutherland Gymnastics Center. Besides gymnastics, the Eastlake YMCA will be offering group exercise classes, a cross training center and child watch services. The $1.45 million project is funded solely by the YMCA. Thirty-nine new YMCA positions will be created for the Eastlake YMCA. www.southbay.ymca.org/eastlake-ymca.html
McDonald’s (Otay Lakes Road) will be donating a healthy breakfast for all of the campers and San Diego County Supervisor Greg Cox will be present a proclamation to the YMCA. Additional information about Y gymnastics can be found on the Y’s website at www.southbay.ymca.org.
What did you do over the summer?
Three South Bay Family YMCA Storm gymnasts were among 250 Level 8 finalists in the all-around competition at this summer's YMCA of the USA Gymnastics Nationals in Savannah, Ga.
•Stephanie Anaya (second place)
•Amanda Shaw (16th place)
•Malia Kaleiohi (21st place)
Anaya, a 2013 graduate of Bonita Vista High School who is now attending SDSU, finished first on bars in the all-around competition.
Approximately 2,000 gymnasts kicked off the opening ceremony on June 26. The South Bay YMCA qualified nine gymnasts overall for nationals.
•Michelle Castillo, a senior at Eastlake High School, competed during the semifinals of the Level 9 all-around competition.
•Level 7 gymnasts Gaia Brooks, Asaka Miyahira, Courtney Stow, Britnee Beilstein and Kianna Reynante all plced among the top 10 finishers on the floor exercise while Courtney (first), Britnee (third) and Asaka (fifth) all placed in the all-around for their session.
"Our South Bay Family YMCA makes strengthening our community our cause," explained Rebecca Kelley, who serves as the organization's South County regional director of marketing, media and community relations. "By providing quality programs that encourage youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility, we enable all people to be strong in spirit, mind and body.
"For half a century, thousands of individuals, young and old, have turned to our Y for programs and services every year, because we’ve been that reliable, dependable, friendly non-profit that they know and trust.
The Y is the starting point for many youth to learn about becoming and staying active, and developing healthy habits they will carry with them throughout their lives.
"The benefits are far greater than just physical health. When kids play sports or learn to swim, they can build confidence, discover their personal best, have fun and be a part of a team."
For more information on programs offered by the Eastlake YMCA, call 421-9622 or visit the website at www.southbay.ymca.org/eastlake-ymca.html