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We, here at the Tampa Metropolitan Area YMCA, are thrilled to work with the Sarasota Family YMCA to host the 2014 YMCA Gymnastics National Championships. It’s a huge honor to lead such a spectacular event that celebrates not only the sport of gymnastics but the positive, supportive environment the Y provides children and teens so they can strengthen their skills, confidence and relationships. An event of this magnitude will not only help spread the word about the Y helping kids discover their potential through youth sports; it also means economic impact for the greater Tampa Bay area.
See you at the Y!
President & CEO
Important Dates to Remember
August 1, 2013
Qualifying scores begin for score verification for the 2014 YMCA National Gymnastics Championships.
December 6, 2013
January 6, 2014
Intent to Compete Deadline - must be postmarked by 1/6/2014
February 3, 2014
Entry forms, rules & policies will be mailed out to all teams who submitted an Intent to Compete.
February 24, 2014
Registration Begins! Registration portion of the website will be open to begin registration process.
March 24, 2013
Registration Deadline. All registrations must be received by this date.
April 25, 2014
Deadline for program ads including team and individual photos. Senior information and photos for program are also due on this date.
May 12, 2014
Last day for ordering All-Access Passes, Opening Ceremony Tickets, 3-Day Meet passes, and Senior Reception tickets
Graduating Senior Scholarship applications due
Financial Travel Assistance Application due
Proof of USAG Safety Certification for coaches must be received by this date.
Deadline for verification of qualifying scores for athletes
July 1, 2014
Early Team Registration 4:00pm - 6:00pm (coaches pick up all pre-ordered tickets)
Senior Reception held - location TBA
July 2, 2014
Morning Team Registration 9:00am - 11:00am (coaches pick up all pre-ordered tickets)
Bar Sets and scheduled workout for Excel Platinum & Diamond, Men's Level 8 & Up and Women's level 7 & up
Mandatory Coaches meeting - time TBD
Opening Ceremonies - time TBD
Note: This is the age determination date for all gymnasts.
July 3 - 4, 2014
All levels compete
July 4, 2014
Championship Division Semi Finals
July 5, 2014
L8 All-Around Finals - Team and Individual Awards immediately following
Championship Event Finals
Closing Ceremonies will immediately follow the Championship Finals.
It's a milestone for the Northwest Hillsborough Family YMCA. The branch celebrated its 10-year anniversary late last month and staff and volunteers sure have a lot to celebrate! The branch started out with close to 1,400 members and today it’s enhancing the lives of more than 2,200 members in the Town ‘n Country area.
“We have seen a lot of growth in the past ten years. Our membership has grown tremendously which, in turn, allows us to serve more children and families in our community. We now have 125 children in our licensed afterschool program, serve over 1,000 kids in our basketball program and, just in the past two years, have expanded our programs and activities for teens; not to mention our very active and growing senior population,” says Executive Director Ashley Sorensen. “We are grateful for the opportunity to serve this community and look forward to another fabulous 10 years."
Ashley and the rest of her hard-working team celebrated their special birthday with a big party open to the entire community on September 21st. Guests got to enjoy free cake, bounce houses, face painting, arts & crafts, rock climbing and Zumba & Yoga classes. More importantly, they got to see first-hand all the quality programs the Y offers for kids, families and adults. Happy anniversary Northwest Y, we’re proud of all your accomplishments and look forward to sharing your future successes!
Cutline: The NW Hillsborough Y celebrated their 10th anniversary with a free community party. Courtesy: Light Ray Photography.
Lucie Bass has been bringing her three daughters to the New Tampa Family YMCA for more than eight years. "My kids are involved in team sports and they love it,” shares Lucie. From volleyball to swimming and summer camp, 14-year-old Regine, 11-year-old Rozana and 6-year-old Rianna have tried several different youth programs. “The YMCA affords me the opportunities to let my children be involved. My kids and I have made great friendships with staff members as well as other families over the years,” says Lucie. The sisters learn more than just sports skills at the Y. They develop character values and teamwork skills. Youth sports also play a huge role in boosting self-esteem — a critical element in any young girl’s development.
When Lucie brings her daughters to the Y, she’s confident they’re engaged in an inviting atmosphere with positive adult role models. “The staff is always courteous and very welcoming and pleasant to us,” says Lucie. While her girls are keeping fit on the courts, Lucie is free to focus on her healthy living goals on the wellness floor and in group exercise classes. “There is something for everyone in the family to do,” she claims.
Youth programs at the Tampa Y give children and teens the opportunity to explore their unique talents and interests and help them realize their potential. This makes for confident kids today and contributing and engaged adults tomorrow. To learn more about the Y’s youth development programs, contact your local Y.
Cutline: Sisters Rozana and Regine have participated in volleyball, swimming and summer camp at the New Tampa Y.
As a registered nurse, Gill Green has seen a lot of women with breast cancer. But she never thought she would become one of those patients at age 46. “It was utter panic. When you are a young person, you think you’re immortal,” shares Gill. “You’re suddenly left with thinking, ‘What’s going to happen to my children? What’s going to happen to the house? What’s going to happen to my job?’ It really is life-changing.” After learning she had stage three breast cancer, Gill went through eight rounds of chemotherapy, 35 radiation treatments, a double mastectomy and several reconstructive surgeries. “I got through the treatments. I was surviving but I just didn’t feel like me. I was just tired. It almost sucks your soul as well as everything else in your body.”
Fatigue and unhappiness with herself brought Gill to the East Pasco Family YMCA for the free 12-week LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA program. “We might have cured the cancer but I needed to get me back and that’s what LIVESTRONG did,” recalls Gill. Twice a week, she worked with a certified trainer to regain her muscle mass and increase her endurance. “The more I went, the more energy I felt. I started getting back to myself again,” says Gill who is now a proud member of the Y. She’s there four times a week, trying new classes and she’s even training for her first 5K. She hopes all the hard work will pay off when she faces the rest of her reconstructive surgeries later this year. “I am going in there completely healthy, feeling good and feeling strong. I am ready. It put a new fire back in me.” And her loved ones are taking notice. “My friends tell me that since I’ve been doing the LIVESTRONG program that I have a twinkle back in my eye,” says Gill.
The Tampa Y helps cancer survivors, like Gill, heal by providing them with a safe, supportive environment to get better and improve their well-being. “When I’m there, I don’t feel like I’m a cancer survivor. I feel like I’m a normal person,” testifies Gill. If you or someone you know is a cancer survivor or caregiver, contact your nearest Y Welcome Center and ask about LIVESTRONG at the YMCA.
Cutline: Gill Green is a LIVESTRONG member at the East Pasco Y.
Darlene Leflar started taking her son, Vincent “Vinni” Piselli, to the Bob Sierra Family YMCA ten years ago. As a single mother from out-of-state, Darlene turned to the Y to help keep Vinni engaged. And he’s been busy ever since, participating in about 75 team sports programs, attending several summer camps and racking up numerous trophies. Darlene says, “I have watched Vincent grow from a 5-year-old kid at the Y, to a 14-year-old with a plan. The values that were instilled in Vincent from the counselors and coaches here are exactly the values any mother would want for their child.”
At the Y, Darlene is also learning a great deal as a parent. “Respect, trust, hope, team unity, sportsmanship and the ability to lose with grace are just a few of the attributes learned in this program. What a great thing! I love this place! I, too, have learned a lot from the coaches and the staff and I trust and value their opinions.” Darlene views the Y staff as family, “As a mother, it’s a good and comforting feeling to know that when you drop your kid off at this facility, your child is in the best of care and is being taught good values in life.”
The Y granted a financial scholarship to Vinni, who’s now 14 years old. That cut costs in half for Darlene, who can’t work much due to a health setback, “If not for their generosity, Vincent would not have participated and grown as much as he did. All of those years of youth sports has prepared Vinni for his position as Captain of the Blake High School Varsity Soccer Team. And it all started at the Y."
The Y counts on the generosity of members and donors to keep our doors open to those who need a place to go to be healthier, more confident, connected and secure. It’s through your generous donations that we’re able to place kids like Vinni in a caring, supportive environment and help them grow into “teens with a plan.”
Life has changed tremendously for Jahbril Simpson since joining The First Tee of Tampa Bay, a program branch of the Tampa YMCA. As a young teenager, Jahbril would walk about three miles to and from Rogers Park up to five days a week just so he could participate in The First Tee program.
Before joining The First Tee of Tampa Bay, Jahbril says he would become anxious with friends, family and teachers. But today, Jahbril is a positive, confident teen who just became the first in his family to go to college. He left for Bethune-Cookman University this month on a marching band scholarship. Jahbril credits what he learned in The First Tee for much of his accomplishments. The program uses the game of golf to provide kids and teens opportunities to develop life-enhancing values like confidence, perseverance and judgment.
Through the years, The First Tee of Tampa Bay staff, volunteers and friends have followed and supported Jahbril’s journey one success after another. In fact, more than 60 of his fans came together to send him off in style. At the event, Jahbril received a brand new laptop and other computer accessories from Friends of First Tee Tampa Chairman Gary Koch. A ceremonial check worth $1,435 was presented to Jahbril, thanks to the generous contributions from board members, volunteers and other donors. And last but not least, a volunteer’s mother, Ruth Beckman, made a surprise donation of $5,000 to help support Jahbril with his college-related expenses.
The outpouring of affection and support has been overwhelming for Jahbril. “I want to thank everyone at The First Tee for all they have done for me. I knew the staff at Rogers Park and The First Tee were always looking out for me, but I didn’t realize that I had that much support from so many other people,” says Jahbril. “I plan to make everyone proud of me by getting good grades and eventually graduating from college. I thank God for putting The First Tee in my life.”
All of us at the Tampa Y wish Jahbril the best of luck in his exciting journey and look forward to hearing more about his many college and career achievements.
Photo Caption: Jahbril Simpson (left) with The First Tee of Tampa Bay Board Member Kennie Sims.
It’s an event Y gymnasts prepare for year-round and come this time next year, about 2,000 of them from across the country, along with their families, will be right here in Tampa Bay. That’s because the Tampa Y and Sarasota Y have been selected to host the 2014 YMCA Gymnastics National Championships.
The four-day event is expected to bring an estimated $4.5 million to the local community. Following an Olympic-style opening ceremony on July 2, 2014, the gymnasts will compete inside the Tampa Convention Center for three days.
“Our community has a strong affinity for staging premier youth and amateur gymnastics events and to be able to host a special event of this caliber is going to continue to enhance our gymnastics tradition,” says Rob Higgins, executive director of Tampa Bay Sports Commission. “In partnering with the Tampa Metropolitan Area YMCA and the Sarasota Family YMCA, we’re confident in our ability to deliver a first-class National Championship, thus creating incredible experiences and memories for all YMCA participants and their families.”
This is by far the largest meet of the season. In fact, 20 Bob Sierra Y gymnasts experienced it first-hand at this year’s Y Nationals in Savannah. We’re very proud to report Kendal Sandusky placed first in Level 5 Vault, second in Bars and second in All-Around. Tiffany Faulkner placed second in Level 7 All-Around. Julian Price placed third in Level 6 Vault and in her Floor routine. Layla Flemming placed third in Level 4 Vault, Mackenzie Wiggins placed third in Level 5 Vault, Jazmin Sobotker placed third in Level 7 Vault and Lisa Cochran placed third in her Excel Platinum Floor routine. In addition, Emma Barton placed 4th in Level 6 Vault, Raven Pascua placed 4th in Level 3 Vault, Hanna Barton placed 4th in her Level 7 Floor routine, and Alison Osborne placed 4th in Excel Platinum Beam.
PHOTO CAPTION: The Bob Sierra Y Gymnastics team invades Savannah for the YMCA Gymnastics National Championships last month.
By working together, we create meaningful and lasting change. It’s a commitment Publix Super Markets Charities, Inc. has kept year after year with the Y. Late last month, Publix Media & Community Relations Manager Brian West presented a check worth $30,000 to summer campers from the Bob Gilbertson Central City Family YMCA. To show their appreciation, the kids and counselors created a big Thank You card displaying all of their names.
By providing this support, Publix Super Markets Charities helps us keep the Y affordable and open to all—regardless of age, income or background. It’s a shared commitment that ensures all community members of the Tampa Bay area have the opportunity to reach their full potential. Our thanks to Publix for their continued support!
PHOTO CAPTION: Summer camp counselors and kids from the Central City Y thank Publix Super Markets Charities for its generous contribution.
More kids will keep smiling at the Y thanks to generous donors like Majesty Title Services, LLC. Late last month, Majesty Title Services presented a check worth $5,000 to kids in the Central City Family YMCA’s afterschool program.
The Tampa Metropolitan Area YMCA will use the generous contribution to provide funding for low-income families to take advantage of YMCA programs at no cost. Programs like Success Afterschool, among others, work to close the achievement gap by providing children and teens with the right tools to reach their full potential—regardless of household income.
“We are so impressed with the Y, their staff, and the positive impact they have on Tampa Bay, that we felt it was important to increase our donation this year so that they could continue their great contributions to our community,” says Vincent Cassidy, President/CEO of Majesty Title Services, LLC.
Photo Cutline: Staff and kids from the Central City Y’s afterschool program join Tampa Y President & CEO Tom Looby, Majesty Title Services’ Relationship Manager Kim Miller, Director of Operations Barbara Mendoza and Relationship Manager Erin Cassidy.
Imagine the last game of the soccer season for your 8 year child. Your local YMCA Youth Sports Director approaches you with their iPad and asks “I see your coach will be volunteering for the upcoming Basketball season, and three of your current teammates and friends have already registered. Would you like for me to register you as well? Imagine the last game of the soccer season for your 8 year child. Your local YMCA Youth Sports Director approaches you with their iPad and asks “I see your coach will be volunteering for the upcoming Basketball season, and three of your current teammates and friends have already registered. Would you like for me to register you as well?