Gym Pups look to continue program for years to come
By Caitlin Boland

Shown are Keriah Ivey, Kalaya Robinson, Shelby Moore, Cameron Broom, Kaylee Lyles, Caylee Giles, Tessa Lewis, Lakendra Martin Emma Kate Hoffman, Lacey Reese, Avery Dean, Alice Solcum, Cheyanne Luke, Anya Jacobs, Tiara Burley and Allyson Whipple.
The future of the gymnastics program at the Y130, affectionately known as the Gym Pups, is in question as the new Y building nears completion.
Heather Davis, the program’s coach, said she will meet with the Family Y of Augusta CEO Danny McConnell on March 8 at 6 p.m. to discuss the program’s options, and any one from the community is welcome.
The gymnastics program began in 2012 in a small space with limited equipment when the Y130 was located on Main Street in Thomson.
“As time went on, more members joined, building our team into strong young individuals,” Davis said. “Being a nonprofit organization, we received grants to find us new equipment. With the grant we received uneven parallel bars, a spring board floor and a vault table. The new equipment made competitions possible for our striving gymnasts.”
“Gymnastics is important in many ways,” Davis said. “For children it builds character development, strength, confidence and flexibility. Children that are involved in the gymnastics program will improve their grades and focus in a school setting. This program is also very important in teaching children how to achieve their goals. I have several children that come to gymnastics because they dream of being an Olympic Gymnast. I always tell them to go for it!”
Davis said people who are interested in getting involved with the program can register their children for gymnastics classes. Davis added that they are currently raising money for a new building for the program, including an HVAC system and a possible expansion with new equipment.
“We are searching for sponsors as well that want to help out with finding a home for this program!” Davis said. “We have a GoFundMe Page on Facebook that is raising money for these issues.”
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