SAVE Seattle Pacific University Gymnastics

Though it looks hopeless, the team at SPU have not given up.

College Gym News brings us up to date:

Seattle Pacific Gymnasts Fight for Discontinued Program

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#MaskUp for Gymnastics

Despite a President who refuses to wear a mask, an increasing percentage of Americans have come to the realization that there is unlikely to be a return to normal without flattening the curve.

As of July 2, 2020 confirmed COVID-19 cases are increasing in about 40 / 50 States.

If we want College Gymnastics in 2021 we should do everything we can to reduce the spread of the virus.  #MaskUp and physically distance from strangers. 

Happy Pride from UCLA’s Kaly Steele

If parents ask me what NCAA team would do the best job of welcoming their athlete regardless of race, sexual orientation or even weird hair style, I’d recommend UCLA #1.

For example, Kaly Steele from Colorado Aerials felt totally accepted by everyone in the Bruins program.

She tells her story here.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

Coach K on #BlackLivesMatter

Very few College Gymnastics coaches have had the guts to say Black Lives Matter #BlackLivesMatter in their recent statements.

They fear alienating students / parents / employees fearful of changing the systemic racism in their schools.

Legendary Basketball coach Coach K (Michael William Krzyzewski) calls out those cowards.  His so called peers in collegiate coaching.

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British Gymnastics wants to reopen Gyms

Those Gyms around the world that have cautiously started to open after COVID-19 are reporting that it works.

So far, so good.

Pubs, restaurants, hotels and hairdressers can open from 4 July. …

“I really think for the mental health of the young children and their physical activity, it’s something that would be so important to the government.

“They need us back. A lot of our clubs are the hubs of the community.” …

Gymnastics boss calls on government to reopen indoor facilities

Athlete A – now on Netflix

June 24th.

Netflix now has the documentary on the USA Gymnastics criminal doctor

Athlete A is Maggie Nichols.

First, we all need thank Maggie, Sarah Jantzi and Maggie’s parents.

And we all need thank Rachael Denhollander and Jamie Dantzscher.

Now that the criminal doctor is in prison for up to 175 years, it’s easy to forget how difficult were those early accusations.

It’s easy to forget how many very smart people were fooled by the conman. Jamie — at the time — felt he was the only nice adult associated with USA Gymnastics.

The documentary is well done.  Recommend it to your non-Gymnastics friends. We can reduce medical malpractice and abuse in future. Protect athletes.

Revisit, too, the selection process for the Rio Olympic team. Certainly Maggie should have been one of the alternates.

An August 2016 article in the Indianapolis Star about USA Gymnastics protecting coaches accused of abuse leads to the explosive revelation that the USAG women’s team doctor, Larry Nassar, had been abusing athletes for over two decades.

This film follows the IndyStar reporters as they reveal the extensive cover-up that allowed abuse to thrive within elite-level gymnastics for more than two decades, the attorney who is fighting the institutions that failed these athletes, and most importantly, the brave whistle-blowers who refuse to be silenced.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

In addition to watching the documentary, be sure to listen to an excellent interview with Jennifer Sey on Gymnastic.

Sey is the producer.

Jennifer’s 2008 book Chalked Up is available in digital format with a new forward.

speaking out for Black Lives Matter

Inside Gymnastics magazine linked to NCAA Gymnasts, coaches and programs who spoke to improving the SAFETY of Black Americans.

Check who actually uses the words Black Lives Matter #BlackLivesMatter and/or link to @Blklivesmatter.  Nastia did, for example.

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