More than 2,000 gymnasts from around the Midwest and thousands of spectators are expected to take part in the fifth annual Gymnastics on the Grand Invitational at the DeVos Place Convention Center this December.
The competition, sanctioned by USA Gymnastics, will kick off early Friday morning on December 5th and run through Sunday night.
“My gymnasts love this meet, not only because of its top-notch facility, but because they can show their hometown what they’ve been working so hard to accomplish,” said Shane Uson, owner and head coach of Grand Rapids Gymnastics. “We are excited once again to be bringing the sport of gymnastics into the spotlight in downtown Grand Rapids.”
This also makes the fifth year the even will partner with the Special Olympics of West Michigan. The Special Olympians will show off their gymnastic skills in an exhibition performance on Sunday, December 7th.
Following the exhibition, the invitational continues for the most advanced gymnasts – those with the highest scores the previous day – in event finals.
“Special Olympics Michigan is thrilled to be a part of this great event for another year,” said marketing and development director Ashley Diersch. “Being a part of the invitational has provided our gymnasts opportunities and experiences that they will never forget! It has been a great partnership between the two organizations and the support and inclusion has been special to all involved.”
Making a special appearance again this year will be 2004 Olympic All-Around Champion, and member of the USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame, Carly Patterson! Carly will be at the competition to meet fans and sign autographs throughout the weekend. Media interviews may be requested in advance. Visit www.GymnasticsOnTheGrand.com for the entire schedule.
When: December 5-7
Friday – 8:00am-9:00pm
Saturday – 8:00am-9:00pm
Sunday – 8:00am-9:00pm