SAN DIEGO–This holiday season, Victory Gymnastics Academy in San Diego is “Tumbling For Toys” in support of the YWCA’s (Young Women’s Christian Association) annual holiday drive.
The event kicks off on December 12 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the academy, 4863 Shawline St. in San Diego. Donations by non-members can receive a free class offered by one of VGA’s top gymnastics coaches with their donation; donations by members will receive a $10 leotard coupon. Attendees will also have a chance to meet the coaches and gymnasts while enjoying complimentary refreshments.
A variety of items are welcomed including toys, gift cards, and other new, unwrapped age appropriate gifts for kids, teens and adults. Donations will be accepted at the academy through Dec. 22.
The YWCA of San Diego County helps women, children, and families escaping domestic violence and homelessness overcome trauma, rebuild their lives, and achieve self-sufficiency.
VGA owner Shawna Meyer has brought a perfect mix of fun, fitness, focus, discipline and healthy competitive spirit to the kids of thousands of other moms over the past seven years.
A veteran realtor specializing in building and selling residential properties, Meyer became increasingly frustrated with the non-profit gym where her then grade school aged daughters Madison and Cameron—both talented competitive gymnasts—did their training. In her search for another local facility, she realized that there were no other big gyms in San Diego offering the kind of gymnastics programs she was looking for. Meyer and her husband found a building, refurbished it and opened Victory in its original 12,000 square-foot location in 2006.
In January 2011, the facility moved to its current 18,000 square-foot space in theKearny Mesa area—which makes it the largest gym of its kind in the San Diego area. Exciting safety meets playful amenities include a six foot deep foam pit filled with thousands of red, white and blue cubes—the perfect safe landing spot after dismounting off the uneven bars, tumbling off the floor or vaulting. There is also a 40-foot long in-ground Tumble Trak, which functions like a long trampoline and allows for easy, safe flipping. The vault area features an 80-foot runway and the downstairs area has a 40×40 foot Olympic type competition floor, made from fiberglass with springs covered by carpet bonded foam.
The competitive program at Victory Gymnastics Academy, which includes many young girls doing level 9 and 10 gymnastics, is run by Head Team Coaches Charlie Tamayo and his wife Nicole. Charlie is a three-time Pan Am Team Champion who made Cuban history twice for winning world medals. Victory’s Gym Director is Cy Platt, who with his brothers Boone and Cheetah toured with The Platt Brothers, also the name of their full-length theatrical production featuring acrobatics, dance, comedy and music. The Platt Brothers also made several appearances on “America’s Got Talent.”