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Olympic Gold Medalist Laurie Hernandez visits LA School of Gymnastics

Olympic Gold Medalist Laurie Hernandez paid a visit to the Los Angeles School of Gymnastics this week! She is truly an inspiring, gifted, classy young woman. At just 16 years old, Laurie has already accomplished so much in her lifetime. Hernandez’s elite gymnastics career began in 2012 at the U.S. Classic. At the young age of just 12 years old, she placed 11th in the junior division. After that, she qualified for the National Championships in St. Louis.

In the summer of 2016, Laurie competed in the Women’s Qualification at the 2016 Summer Olympics. Hernandez scored a 15.200 on the vault, a 15.366 on the balance beam, and a 14.800 on the floor exercise. During these Olympics in Rio, the US team, better known as the Final Five, won the gold medal in the Team All Around. Hernandez also won the silver medal on the Balance Beam with a score of 15.333.

We were excited and truly honored that Laurie chose the LA School of Gymnastics to practice some of her Olympic Gold medal worthy routines.  Laurie even showed us some of her famous balance beam moves.

Now that the Olympics are over, Laurie has put on her dancing shoes. She is currently competing on Dancing with the Stars! With her partner Valentin Chmerkovskiy she has done some exciting routines such as the Cha-Cha-Cha, Paso Doble, the Salsa, and so much more! She continues to wow us every week. Not only is she a great gymnast, she has proven to be a great dancer as well! She scored a perfect 30 with her Jazz routine to Michael Jackson’s “The Way you make me feel”. Her bubbly personality and raw talent is such a joy to watch. From the Olympics to the ‘Dancing with the Stars’ stage, Laurie is showing the world that she is unstoppable!

Laurie is truly an inspiration and a great role model for all young people out there with a dream! Keep striving for excellence Laurie!

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Why You Might Encourage Your Son To Sign Up For Gymnastics

Posted by on Nov 24, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Why You Might Encourage Your Son To Sign Up For Gymnastics

Gymnastics is considered harder than Iron Man – Boys are you listening? If you thought that gymnastics was just for girls, you don’t know gymnastics. While it’s a favorite sport for girls, male gymnasts are often regarded as the strongest among all athletes. Male gymnasts need to be incredibly fit in order to complete the required routines. Some boys want to try gymnastics. The idea of tumbling, having big muscles, or going on the pommel horse may entice some boys. For others, boys understand the benefits of gymnastics and how it can help them to be a better athlete overall. Why would you enroll your son in a gymnastics class if he wasn’t at all interested in the sport? Below, you’ll find some reasons to consider gymnastics classes for boys.   It Builds A Foundation The skills that are learned in gymnastics are the basis for most other activities kids could want to participate in. If children are still developing motor and cognitive skills, team sports may not always be the best place to start. Gymnastics classes teach children to run, jump and balance. These activities build body awareness, strength, and flexibility. That’s beneficial to any child. These skills can be brought to just about any other sport that your child chooses.   Gymnastics Is A Great Supplement To Other Sports If your son is already participating in other sports, it’s a good idea to enroll him in gymnastics to supplement what he’s already doing. Gymnastics enhances conditioning, builds athleticism, as well as enhances strength and agility. There are few sports where boys learn to be aware of where and how their body is while it’s in the air. The skills that gymnastics helps to build are also an injury prevention program for other sports. Two of the most common ways that kids get injured in athletic activities are from sprains, strains, and falls. Gymnastics helps to build the skills to prevent these things including flexibility, strength, balance, and agility. First of all one of the best places to learn balance (and learn to fall) is in a gymnasium. There are plenty of pads and safety precautions in place.   Gymnastics Helps Boys To Try New Things There are many new and exciting things that boys will encounter in gymnastics class. They will learn proper warm-up techniques and be encouraged to try something new that they may have never tried otherwise. Stepping outside of their comfort zones helps boys to build confidence in everything that they do. Serious athletes need a whole host of skills from being tough physically to being mentally tough. Gymnastics can help build those skills in aspiring male athletes from a young age. LA Gymnastics has a variety of classes for young children to get them off to an excellent athletic start. Help your son get a good athletic start today!...

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Los Angeles Gymnastics 1-4 Social Media November 2017

Posted by on Nov 15, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Los Angeles Gymnastics 1-4 Social Media November 2017

1. Winter Camp Los Angeles 50 Things You Simply Must Do to Keep Winter Blues at Bay – http://redtri.com/los-angeles/61-things-to-do-with-kids-in-los-angeles-this-winter/ A #wintercampLosAngeles is everything your children need to keep the winter blues at bay!   2. Winter Break for Children 12 Helpful Tips for Parents New to Gymnastics – http://allgymnasts.com/12-helpful-tips-for-parents-new-to-gymnastics/ Support a healthy lifestyle for your children and enroll them in gymnastics this #winterbreakforchildren   3. Gymnastics Classes Los Angeles What to Expect In Your Child’s First Gymnastics Classes – http://protips.dickssportinggoods.com/sports-and-activities/more-sports/expect-childs-first-gymnastics-classes Explore the exiting world of athleticism when you enroll your children in #gymnasticsclassesLosAngeles   4. Afterschool Classes Los Angeles Things Only Gymnast’s Dads Understand – http://allgymnasts.com/things-gymnasts-dads-understand/ Get inspired at gymnastics #afterschoolclassesLosAngeles...

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10 Benefits to Enroll Your Kids in Gymnastics

Posted by on Nov 14, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

10 Benefits to Enroll Your Kids in Gymnastics

Gymnastics is a high skill sport where success requires immense amount of physical strength, flexibility, perseverance, and mental tenacity. It is a superb developmental activity that is best practiced from childhood. The impact of gymnastics on a child can lead to a myriad of benefits that isn’t just limited to physical development; in fact, enrolling your child in this sport can also help them socially and academically. Your child does not have to become a competitive gymnast to reap the benefits of engaging in this activity. Having fun doing what they love would keep ill effects like obesity at bay and encourage them to stick to a healthier and disciplined lifestyle. Check out some benefits of gymnastics for children brought to you According to the website http://bestgymnastics.net/ there are 10 benefits to enroll your kids! It’s fun Develops strength Develops flexibility Develops coordination Teaches listening skills Gains self-esteem and confidence Provides social interaction with peers Teaches goal setting Develops cognitive abilities to help in the classroom Develops skills to enhance other sports Gymnastics is an amazing developmental sport that has a profound impact on a child’s whole well-being. It benefits your child physically, academically and socially. Gymnastics provides the proper athletic foundations for all sporting endeavors. It helps increase flexibility, strength, speed, agility, coordination and balance. Also being physically active in gymnastics may prevent obesity, some types of cancer, and helps blood pressure and bone density. Active children tend to grow up to become active and healthy teens and adults. Gymnastics has many other benefits that may not be as obvious as the physical ones. It can help your child outside of the gym too! Since gymnastics is a developmental sport it builds skills through progression of steps. This helps improve your child’s concentration which can help them with problem solving, math and reading in school. Gymnastics requires children to not only use both side of their brain separately, but it also requires both sides to work at the same time together! This is very beneficial for your child. Gymnastics also helps enhance children’s social skills. During a class children will observe, practice waiting their turn, follow directions, respect other and listen. All of these skills are very important for a child to practice to enhance their social skills. As a child achieves skills and is encouraged by their coach they increase their self esteem, gain a sense of control over their body’s movements which increases healthy self empowerment and body awareness. Children of all ages can reap the benefits from gymnastics. Now is the time to enroll your child so they can experience all the benefits gymnastics has to offer. The best part of gymnastics is that your child will be having so much fun they won’t even realize how much they are learning in the process!...

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Camps

Posted by on Nov 13, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Camps

Yummy… Thanksgiving is coming up and we can’t wait to eat! We also can’t wait for this year’s Thanksgiving Camp. School will be out so why not bring your gymnast to The Los Angeles School of Gymnastics for AM and PM Classes. Don’t let this year’s Thanksgiving vacation go to waste. Join us for Pre-k, Parent & Me Classes, Trampoline, Cheerleading, Off-Ice Skating, Arts and Crafts, Adult Classes, Parkour, and Competition Teams. To more information and sign up click here. Also, the cold weather is arriving like our Winter Camp! Come Join Us! Since school is out for the holiday season, why not bring your little one to the Los Angeles School of Gymnastics to have fun tumbling, Off Ice-Skating and participating in loads of fun activities. At Winter Camp your child will be able to have fun with their gymnastics friends while also being taught by the best! Sign up at our office!...

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LA Gymnastics Halloween Sleepover

Posted by on Oct 2, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

LA Gymnastics Halloween Sleepover

Is your child a huge fan of Halloween? Are you looking for the perfect way to celebrate this spooky holiday? For most parents, Halloween is a time of extreme stress and pressure. Trying to give your child the perfect Halloween experience can be a massive headache. From shopping for the perfect costume to stocking up on chocolate and candy for trick-or-treaters to leaving work early to shepherd the kids around the neighborhood before the sun goes down, Halloween preparations can take weeks to complete.   You want everybody to have a Halloween to remember, but frankly you’d prefer it if you didn’t need to log 5 hours of sleep a night until it is over. And that’s not to mention your kids. If Halloween is important to you, it’s a world-changing event for your little ones. More than likely, they look forward to it all year and start asking you questions about it months in advance. They gossip about it with their friends at school, dream about different costume options, and relish the chocolate and candy for weeks after the big day. The pressure is on for you to make Halloween an event that they will tell their spouses about years from now. How can you make sure your child will have a Halloween to remember? L.A. School of Gymnastics has the perfect solution to your Halloween holiday woes. For a thrilling Halloween, sign your child up for the L.A. Gymnastics Halloween Spook-takular Sleepover, happening from October 28-29, 2017. This all-inclusive party will give your child such amazing memories that she’ll be raving about it months later. Let L.A. Gymnastics solve all your holiday woes and do the hard work for you! The fun starts at 8PM with a Halloween party that will captivate your child with nonstop action. She’ll enjoy dance and gymnastics classes with her friends that will be a continuation of the great classes she takes every week at L.A. Gymnastics already. The kids will follow that with an exciting costume contest and prizes. Your kid will be talking for weeks about the creativity and resourcefulness she plans to display in her costume – give her a chance to show her stuff! There’ll be plenty of chocolate and candy for everybody to eat and take home, letting you skip the stressful and tiring trick-or-treating that you’re forced to endure every year. As well, there will be a huge pizza party with plenty of tasty pizza for all the kids! Pizza is a crowd favorite, so what better and more festive way to celebrate Halloween? Finally, when the party ends, there will be a mass sleepover in the gym and a morning snack for the kids when they go on their way the next day. Your kid can choose to attend the entire sleepover event, or, if she prefers, can simply go for the nighttime party, which will be held from 8PM to midnight on October 28. Only children ages 6 and above can attend the sleepover; the party is open to children ages 3 and above. Tickets for the event cost $50 for the first child in every family, $40 for every child thereafter....

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LA Gymnastics Thanksgiving/Winter Camp

Posted by on Oct 1, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

LA Gymnastics Thanksgiving/Winter Camp

Fall is not all apple-picking and bonfires. As Thanksgiving and Christmas approach, many parents are thinking about how to handle the holidays and, more importantly, what to do with the kids. Several months into the school year, Thanksgiving and winter break loom like terrible spectres on the horizons of many parents, posing difficult questions about child care and holiday supervision. What will your kids do with their time? How can they spend the holidays in a productive, healthy way? L.A. School of Gymnastics has the perfect solution to your holiday woes. For the holiday season, consider sending your boy or girl to a special program, designed exclusively by L.A. Gymnastics, to maximize their study of gymnastics! Thanksgiving Camp and Winter Camp are great ways for your child to use their time constructively, allowing them to lose themselves in their pursuit of excellence while also providing you with the assurance that your child is safe and secure. If you are an adult studying gymnastics, the Camps provide you with the opportunity for an extended intensive that will allow you to make great progress in your sport. Thanksgiving Camp will take place from November 20-22, 2017, while Winter Camp happens from December 18, 2017 to January 5, 2018. Both camps are open for boys and girls ages 18 months to adult, including those with disabilities. In particular, there will be kiddy camp for those aged 2 to 4 years, day camp for those aged 5 to 12 years, and teen camp for those aged 13 to 15 years. Choose from a wide variety of classes, including gymnastics, tumbling, trampoline, cheerleading, and parkour. We will also offer classes in off-ice skating, arts and crafts, and parent and me gymnastics for infants 18 months and older and their parents. For those seeking competitive sports, there will be team competitions as well. For Thanksgiving Camp, choose from a half-day gymnastics only schedule from 9AM to 12PM; a full-day schedule from 9AM to 3PM; or a late care program from 3 to 6PM. For Winter Camp, you can choose from a half-day program, held 9AM to 12PM; a full day program from 9AM to 3PM; or an extended care program from 8AM to 6PM. Drop-ins are welcome. When you preregister for the full Winter Camp week, get $50 off until December 15, 2017. L.A. Gymnastics will provide coolers, a refrigerator, and vending machines for those bringing their lunch from home. For people seeking to purchase lunch, there will be an $8 pizza lunch available on-site (2 slices and one drink). All pizza lunches must be purchased by 9:45AM. Please make sure you provide enough food or money to satisfy your child’s appetite....

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Halloween Safety Tips

Posted by on Sep 28, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Halloween Safety Tips

Halloween is just around the corner and we are so excited for this year’s Gymnastics Halloween Sleepover. Our Halloween Sleepover’s are always a great pre-Halloween festivity for all children. With games, candy, flips, food, and fun, this is one event you do not want to miss! So throw on your best Halloween costume and come have a blast! Pack your pajamas and your favorite toy because this Halloween Sleepover will be the best one yet. We will have gymnastics games, tons of candy, scary movies, pizza, a haunted house, and a costume contest! Our past Halloween sleepovers have always been the highlight of the year and a great start to a spootacular Halloween. Because Halloween is such an awesome holiday, we wanted to share with you some safety tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics, as well as some tips to make this the best Halloween yet. Also check out some gymnastics costume ideas from our Pinterest Page.         Halloween Safety Tips Halloween is an exciting time of year for kids. Here are some tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) to help ensure they have a safe holiday.    All Dressed Up: Plan costumes that are bright and reflective. Make sure that shoes fit well and that costumes are short enough to prevent tripping, entanglement or contact with flame. Consider adding reflective tape or striping to costumes and Trick-or-Treat bags for greater visibility. Because masks can limit or block eyesight, consider non-toxic makeup and decorative hats as safer alternatives. Hats should fit properly to prevent them from sliding over eyes. Makeup should be tested ahead of time on a small patch of skin to ensure there are no unpleasant surprises on the big day.​ When shopping for costumes, wigs and accessories look for and purchase those with a label clearly indicating they are flame resistant. If a sword, cane, or stick is a part of your child’s costume, make sure it is not sharp or long. A child may be easily hurt by these accessories if he stumbles or trips. Do not use decorative contact lenses without an eye examination and a prescription from an eye care professional. While the packaging on decorative lenses will often make claims such as “one size fits all,” or “no need to see an eye specialist,” obtaining decorative contact lenses without a prescription is both dangerous and illegal. This can cause pain, inflammation, and serious eye disorders and infections, which may lead to permanent vision loss. Review with children how to call 9-1-1 (or their local emergency number) if they ever have an emergency or become lost.        Carving a Niche: Small children should never carve pumpkins. Children can draw a face with markers. Then parents can do the cutting. Considepkjhnn r using a flashlight or glow stick instead of a candle to light your pumpkin. If you do use a candle, a votive candle is safest. Candlelit pumpkins should be placed on a sturdy table, away from curtains and other flammable objects, and not on a porch or any path where visitors may pass close by. They should never be left unattended.   Home Safe Home: To keep homes safe for visiting trick-or-treaters, parents should remove from the porch and front yard anything a child could...

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Helpful Tips for Parents New to Team Gymnastics

Posted by on Sep 23, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Helpful Tips for Parents New to Team Gymnastics

Hello Gymnastics Parents! We are excited for this upcoming fall season. With new seasons come new competitions. If your son or daughter is new to competitive gymnastics, he or she might be preparing for their first competition. New competitions are fun and exciting but might also be a little scary for a first timer.   We want to provide you with some tips to prepare and get used to competing at a gymnastics meet. According to allgymnasts.com, here are some helpful tips for parents and kids that are new to the world of competitive gymnastics. We hope that their tips can prepare you for the fun and exciting world of gymnastics and team gymnastics. Happy Gymnastics!   1. Be On Time Gymnasts are expected to be in the gym on time, and also need to arrive at competitions at the appropriate time. If your gymnast continually arrives late to practice, they are pmissing out on warm-ups or instruction time. In some situations, school or parent’s work schedules make arriving to practice on time difficult. If this happens to you, talk to your gymnast’s coach about what your child can do to make-up missed time.   2. Be Supportive Every gymnast has a bad day once and awhile. If your gymnast comes home complaining about practice, you shouldn’t immediately worry. When your kid comes home and has had a bad day at the gym encourage them to work through the difficult times. Perseverance is a life lesson that every kid should learn early in their life.   3. Don’t Bother Other Gyms Meets are exciting for gymnasts and their parents. When you get your first gymnastics schedule, you may be surprised to see there isn’t an exact time or date on the schedule. Instead, it probably says something like Saturday/Sunday with no times. Meet schedules often aren’t available until about a week before the meet. No matter what you have going on in your life, it’s not okay to call the hosting gym for times. Instead, you just need to be patient and trust that your gym will deliver the meet schedule as soon as possible.   4. Female Gymnasts Hair Styles If you browse Pinterest, you will see there are tons of cute gymnastics hairstyles. In reality, you just need to make sure your daughter’s hair is pulled back in a way that will stay intact during the meet. To do this properly, try out a hairstyle before sending your daughter to practice. If her hair is still neat and intact at the end of practice, it will be great for a meet. It’s also a good idea to not use gemstones, fancy barrettes, or anything else that could come loose during a meet. Glitter is usually always a good idea, but your daughter’s gym may have specific rules about the amount of glitter you are allowed to use. If in doubt, it’s best not to overdo it with the glitter.   5. Keep Make-Up to a Minimum You may be eager to put make-up on your little gymnast, but it’s not a necessity, especially for very young gymnasts. If you simply can’t resist, keep make-up to a minimum.   6. Trust Your Gymnast’s Coaches When your gymnasts cries, gets angry, or defiant on the floor, you will want...

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Best Gymnastics Center in Los Angeles

Posted by on Aug 18, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Best Gymnastics Center in Los Angeles

Named by Los Angeles Magazine as the “Best Gymnastics Center in LA,” the LASG is a nonprofit Olympic-quality gymnastics training center, serving the community for more than 40 years. LA School of Gymnastics is an educational institution focused on teaching athleticism, strength, agility, and gymnastics to children, teenagers, adults, and people with disabilities. LA School of Gymnastics prides itself on fostering the skills of anyone who is interest in the sport of gymnastics, through highly professional training provided by our coaches. It is considered among the top facilities in the country. Led by Alla Svirsky, LASG has provided thousands of young athletes with quality gymnastics instruction and has produced several Olympians and internationally-ranked athletes. The school has served families with quality gymnastics instruction, innovative programs and well-rounded curriculum for all children. We have a long history of success in gymnastics and fitness instruction along with highly specialized trainers that offer a unique opportunity for children and Adults that is unsurpassed in the Los Angeles area.   Parent and Me Classes Our Parent and Me Classes offer parents and toddlers the opportunity to experience a wide range of gross motor activities while being introduced to the sport of gymnastics. Children as young as 18 months are encouraged to join our Parent and Me Classes. Children will spend time on the trampolines, balance beams, and bars. Not only will children enjoy using our equipment, parents will enjoy spending time with their babies as they grow, learn, and explore. The Parent and Me Classes are designed as an introduction to gymnastics where children learn to interact with other children while developing balance, coordination, gross motor skills, and strength. Work with your toddler as they explore, learn to balance, jump, tumble, climb, and stretch. Our classes will help your child develop psycho-motor skills at an earlier age. You and your toddler will have plenty of bonding together and creating memories. Our coaches will guide you and your toddler through a dynamic curriculum of activities on different types of equipment. Our Parent and Me Classes are fun, safe, and easy to enjoy. This is a one hour class.   Mini Tots Classes The Pre-School Mini Tots gymnastics program is the next level up from Parent and Me Classes. Our Mini Tots classes are co-ed for children ages 3-4 years and are instructed by our highly certified, caring coaches. Experts believe that movement at this stage in life is essential in developing hand-eye coordination, direction taking skills, motor development, physical education and cooperative learning skills. Students will learn a formal introduction to girls and boys beginning classes that include basic tumbling skills, bars, beam, and mini-vault with age appropriate equipment. This amazing 1 hour lesson will delight your child and bring years of physical benefit! Join the best class in town as we develop and foster practices of health and wellness. LA School of Gymnastics is an award-winning center that has been working with preschool-aged children for over 35 years that is designed to challenge and delight your child! Our main focus and primary objective for the preschool-aged group are following instructions, taking turns, learning new skills, and playing well with others within the gymnastics setting.   Girls Gymnastics Girls Recreational classes are part of the developmental program based on USA Gymnastics guidelines. Our classes...

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LASG Gymnast wins the crown of Mrs. California America 2017

Posted by on Jul 27, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

LASG Gymnast wins the crown of Mrs. California America 2017

Our state’s newly crowned queen Mrs. California 2017, Kristi Eddy, is on her way to the Mrs. America Pageant® and is regularly at LASG getting ready for her debut on national television as she graces the stage of Mrs. America®. Kristi never participated in a pageant prior to this year’s Mrs. California America Pageant®. She says her hard work and preparation which lead to a crown is a testament to her life of achievement through adversity. Kristi grew up in San Pedro, CA, was raised solely by her mother and without any siblings. When her mother realized that she had a severe case of neurogenic stuttering which often times left Kristi in tears and rarely socializing at school, she decided to sign her up for ballet at age four. Hoping this would help Kristi socialize with other children her age release some energy, her mom found herself looking for more active sports that fit their very small budget. “I remember going to the church food pantry a couple of times and constant financial issues” she recalled.   Despite her athleticism and decades playing sports, Kristi’s true passion for the sport of gymnastics was something that was a mere dream which started back in 1995. When she was eight years old an after school gymnastics program came to her school. She was able to attend a couple classes, but it just became too expensive. It was that brief moment in gymnastics that made her fall in love with the sport. She recalled watching every moment of the Magnificent 7 at the 1996 Olympics on her Channel 2 through 13 television and begging her mother to record every part of the competition on VHS tape. “I wanted to be the 8th member of the team” she said. Unfortunately, the closest she was able to get to gymnastics was doing the splits in the hallway and handstands next to her bed. Between 1996 and 2005, Kristi continued playing multiple sports, but there was no soccer medal or new fastest time in track that could deter her dreams of gymnastics.   It was in late 2014 that Kristi’s goal of doing gymnastics became a reality. That summer she attended her first class at Los Angeles School of Gymnastics and she has been attending ever since. She regularly attends classes with Coach Jason and says that she wishes she had been able to participate in gymnastics as a child. “Gymnastics teaches you to pursue your goals, get up if you fall and keep going, and to never ever give up. You never know when you will get that new skill or have that perfect landing and those are the best life lessons”. As a high school Assistant Principal, Kristi brought what she learned at LASG back to her students in Watts by leading a gymnastics enrichment class between 2015 and 2017. “Growing up I had to push through a speech disorder and getting teased very often. I feel like gymnastics builds that inner confidence at a young age and would have helped me have a strong sense of self”. Her favorite thing about LASG is the Special Education Gymnastics Program as Kristi herself overcame her speech disorder through special education services and knows the value of such support.   Kristi’s love for gymnastics and...

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