WHGF provides free and low-cost Gymnastics to underserved communities in Harlem, and Detroit with the mission to empower the lives of urban youth by improving their physical and mental health through gymnastics.
To date, WHGF has made gymnastics accessible to over 20,000 urban youth in NYC. …
As they approach almost twenty-five years in Harlem and five years in Detroit, the foundation allows all kids from every background to pursue a sport that they love and empowers them to want to succeed. …
When asked what words of wisdom she has for those interested in the sport, Ms. Hilliard recommended, “Go for it! Gymnastics can do wonders to your physical and mental health, from flexibility and strength to focus and discipline. These are skills kids can utilize in all walks of life.” …
Gymnastics coaches are not the world experts in safe landings (martial arts coaches are better) but our gyms are the best equipped and most easily accessible venues for teaching all athletes how “not to hurt themselves” when falling.
In Gymnastics I’d name Keith Russell (Canada) as principle evangelist teaching safe landings.
But the best landings video comes from the late, great expert videographer coach Charles Minster from Tasmania.
It’s called IMPACT – Safe landings — but sadly seems to be no longer available.
The DVD teaches landing SKILLS. Then progresses to games and activities appropriate for all athletes.
There are testimonials from Aussie Rules football coaches, for example. (It reminds me of when the famed Crusaders professional rugby team trained safety rolls at Christchurch School of Gymnastics in New Zealand.)