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12:03 AM Thu, Nov. 15th

YMCA opens gymnastics pit with help from donations

Courtesy photo<br>At the YMCA ribbon cutting, from left, are YMCA gymnasts; Deb Carbone, former YMCA board president; Jon Sebastian, YMCA gymnastics director; Julie Ruttle, YMCA board member; Gary Ballard, Kiwanis Club vice president; and Damon Olsen, YMCA executive director.

Courtesy photo<br>At the YMCA ribbon cutting, from left, are YMCA gymnasts; Deb Carbone, former YMCA board president; Jon Sebastian, YMCA gymnastics director; Julie Ruttle, YMCA board member; Gary Ballard, Kiwanis Club vice president; and Damon Olsen, YMCA executive director.

The Prescott YMCA recently opened the area's largest gymnastics pit, which allows for advanced gymnastics skill development in a safer environment. This facility enhancement was made possible in part by the donations made by the Kiwanis Club and Captain CrossFit.

The YMCA has taught thousands of children the sport of gymnastics over the past 28 years. The YMCA gymnastics center serves as the home of the Prescott YMCA "Thunder" (Boys' Gymnastics team) and the Prescott YMCA "Lightning" (Girls' Gymnastics Team).

Prescott YMCA also provides gymnastics and tumbling classes as a part of the physical education curriculum for Prescott High School.

More than 350 high school students participate, five days per week, from March through May each year.

In addition, the YMCA also teaches gymnastics and tumbling classes to children from several area schools, including: Primavera School, Christian Academy of Prescott and to Coyote Springs Elementary school in Prescott Valley.

The YMCA also offers "open gym" to the community on Wednesdays and Saturdays as an opportunity for children to explore the sport of gymnastics -

and to have fun! To make the program as accessible as possible, there also are "special needs" classes for everyone of all abilities.