UCLA Club Gymnastics: Rhode to Nationals
The UCLA Club Gymnastics Team is a co-ed organization that provides an opportunity for both competitive and recreational gymnastics. Our members come from all backgrounds, including gymnastics, cheer, and dance.
UCLA Club Gymnastics is one of over 140 collegiate gymnastics teams registered with NAIGC, our club's governing body dedicated to organizing regional and national competitions across the US, all "for the love of the sport." UCLA Club Gymnastics embodies our parent organization's motto, giving gymnasts of all experience, interest, and skill level the opportunity to come together and do the sport we all love.
We are 100% student-run, with our board members dedicating time out of their busy schedules to manage the club, including fundraising, coordinating travel and registration for competitions, communicating with UCLA Club Sports, and organizing social activities for our members.
As a club sport, we receive very little money from UCLA and rely mostly on our members - students who take classes, work jobs, and spend their nights practicing, to help us fundraise.
Last year, our expenses from Nationals added up to roughly $12,000. This included flights, registration/competition fees, rental cars, and hotels. This year we are traveling to Rhode Island, essentially the furthest away from UCLA as we could possibly go. We want to provide the opportunity to compete at Nationals for any member who wants to go, but it is an extremely costly trip that most of our members are not able to afford on their own.
That's why we need you! By donating to our campaign, you'll be sending our hard-working athletes all the way across the country by helping us fund rental cars, hotels, and flights. Donations of any size will help ease the financial burden on our athletes, and any contribution will get us closer to our goal of competing at Nationals!
Last year, with our donors' help, we were able to send 20 members to Daytona Beach, Florida for Nationals. UCLA had a record number of athletes make it to finals, including members Wren Exley, Micah Cliffe, Janessa Dai, Madeline Koontz, Gabe Friet, and Cameron Sasmor. From those athletes, UCLA brought home another record-breaking 10 medals, including a first-place all-around medal for one of our developmental gymnasts. In addition, one of our athletes was honored with the title of Male Athlete of the Year, along with his 3 top 10 finishes. We also participated in a world-record-breaking event, with over 400 gymnasts completing standing back tucks at the same time!
These accomplishments were only made possible because of those who donated to us and helped spread the word about our campaign! We want to continue to build upon our successes this year, but we can only do it with your help!