Palm Beach County Sports Commission
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
April 7, 2015
Contact: Kayla French (561) 233-3122
The USA Gymnastics Region VIII Championships Will Be Soaring Into
The Palm Beach County Convention Center
The USA Gymnastics (USAG) Region VIII Men’s Championships will take place at the Palm Beach County Convention Center on April 9-12, 2015. The Gymnastics Revolution, an elite athletic training center based in West Palm Beach, is partnering with the Palm Beach County Sports Commission, to host this prestigious gymnastics meet. The USAG Region VIII Men’s Championships is open to gymnasts from the southeast region of the United States, which encompasses 8 states (Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, Mississippi, North Carolina, and South Carolina). Competitors from these 8 states will have the opportunity to qualify for the USAG National Championships by competing at the USAG Region VIII Men’s Championships. Prior to participating in the Region VIII Men’s Championship, gymnasts must qualify at their USAG State Championship.
Nearly 800 gymnasts and 200 coaches are expected to travel to Palm Beach County. This meet will feature gymnasts from the ages of 8 to 18 participating in a variety of skill levels. The meet consist of six unique gymnastics events, which include the pommel horse, rings, vault, parallel bars, horizontal bar, and floor exercise. The event schedule begins with one day of warm-ups and practice followed by three days of competition. Awards ceremonies immediately follow the conclusion of each event per skill level on Saturday and Sunday.
The USAG Region VIII Men’s Championships will take place in Palm Beach County for the first time. This event took place in Birmingham, AL in 2014, Dalton, GA in 2013, and Jackson, MS in 2012. The last USA Gymnastics event to call Palm Beach County home was in March of 2011 when the USAG Florida Men’s State Championships took place at the Florida Atlantic University Arena.
The USAG Region VIII Men’s Championship will provide a significant economic boost for Palm Beach County’s economy. The influx of athletes, coaches, and their families will increase hotel occupancy while generating revenues for restaurants, retail outlets, and local businesses. The event is projected to generate over 1,500 hotel room nights and $500,000 in direct visitor spending.
The Palm Beach County Convention Center presents a spectacular setting for indoor sports events. An architectural masterpiece with state-of-the-art amenities, the 350,000 square-foot center features a 100,000 square-foot exhibit hall, a 22,000 square-foot ballroom and 21,000 square feet of flexible breakout space. The USA Gymnastics Region VIII Men’s Championship will increase the growing list of impressive sports events that have occupied the Palm Beach County Convention Center.
USA Gymnastics (USAG) is the national governing body for the sport in the United States. This designation comes from the U.S. Olympic Committee, and the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG). USA Gymnastics sets the rules and policies that govern gymnastics in the United States. USA Gymnastics has many responsibilities, including selecting and training the U.S. Gymnastics Teams for Olympic Games and World Championships; promoting and developing gymnastics on a grassroots and national level; and serving as a resource center for member clubs, fans and gymnasts throughout the United States. The organization has programs in men’s and women’s artistic gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics, trampoline and tumbling and acrobatic gymnastics.
Today, more than 120,000 athletes and professionals are members of USA Gymnastics. USA Gymnastics sanction more than 4,000 competitions and events annually throughout the United States.