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In 2016, Tumbl Trak provided a wide variety of necessary equipment to help launch the WHGF’s Detroit location. The company, which is celebrating their 30th anniversary this year, recently made another donation to the WHGF including $4,000 worth of new equipment. The new equipment will serve an additional 200 local youth through GOAL Line Detroit, the City’s newest transportation program to provide students with easier access to after school activities.
The contribution coincides with the start of the foundation’s fall programming beginning on Saturday, October 13, 2018. Aspiring local gymnasts ages 3-17 of all levels are eligible to sign-up and apply for scholarships. Registration takes place on Saturdays at the Joe Dumars Fieldhouse Detroit State Fair Grounds.
Detroit native Wendy Hilliard, Hall of Fame rhythmic gymnast and the first African-American to represent the U.S. in international competition, founded WHGF in Harlem, New York in 1996. Her goal was to create high quality programs at the grassroots level to ensure that underserved youth would have the ability to succeed in gymnastics as she did. After two decades of successful programming serving more than 17,000 local youth and developing elite athletes and international gymnastic performers in the process, the WHGF expanded to Detroit, offering weekend classes at the Joe Dumars Field House.
“Since 2016, I have been so proud to provide access to gymnastics in my hometown of Detroit where we continue to grow with the help of generous donors, sponsors and partners like Tumbl Trak,” said WHGF Founder, Wendy Hilliard. “I use gymnastics to teach good health, discipline and critical skills that give youth the confidence they need to pursue their dreams in life. Gymnastics is one of the most popular Olympic sports but it is expensive and not very accessible in urban areas. The WHGF is changing that.”
The Wendy Hilliard Gymnastics Foundation is hosting its annual Going for the Gold Gala in New York City honoring Olympic Gold Medalists Nadia Comaneci and Bart Conner on Thursday, October 11, 2018. Visit www.wendyhilliard.org for more information.