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LASG Fundraising for Scholarships! Our kids need help today! (Canceled)

LA School of Gymnastics is a non-profit organization serving inner city youth and at risk teens in the greater LA area since 1975.

LASG Fundraising for Scholarships! Our kids need help today! (Canceled)

LA School of Gymnastics is a non-profit organization serving inner city youth and at risk teens in the greater LA area since 1975.

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About


Los Angeles School of Gymnastics (LASG) is a non-profit organization serving inner city youth and at risk teens in Los Angeles since 1975. While we award over 164 scholarships per year, we offer programs for boys and girls ages 18 months - adult in toddler classes, girl’s gymnastics, teens, boy’s gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics, birthday parties and special education. It is our community effort to keep kids off the street and into action.

An educational institution focused on the athleticism of children, young adults, adults, and people with disabilities, the LA School of Gymnastics leverages its team of coaching experts to furnish a consistently high professional standard of training. The team draws on a collection of qualified individuals with origins spanning 14 different nations. Each LA School of Gymnastics coach must complete several certification courses, including those sanctioned by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Moreover, 10 of the facility’s 27 coaches hold Master’s degrees in Physical Education, Anatomy and Physiology, or have backgrounds in professional athletics.

Founded in 1975, the school has expanded from its humble start into its current position as an institution widely regarded throughout the United States. Over the course of its more than three decades in business, the training center has helped realize the athletic dreams of more than one million families. Since opening, the school has diversified its offerings by hosting gymnastics-themed birthday parties, summer and winter camps, and adult programs.

Los Angeles School of Gymnastics is the first gymnastics center in Los Angeles! The school has served families with quality gymnastics instruction, innovative programs and well-rounded curriculum supporting healthy, happy children since 1975.

We have a long history of success in gymnastics and fitness instruction along with highly specialized trainers that offer a unique opportunity for children that is unsurpassed in the Los Angeles area.


I. WHAT WE NEED

We would like to raise funds to provide continued gymnastic services to our inner-city demographic athletes who struggle to make tuition. This will not cover all of the cost of these expenses, but will allow us to reduce the burden of our members in finding other ways to raise the finances. The top expenses and the planned split are:


  1. Tuition      for the inner-city demographic.
  2. Renting      out the gymnastics facility for the entire day ~60% of raised funds
  3. Purchasing      supplies for the competition concessions ~10% of raised funds
  4. Judges:      travel, time, and food ~30% of raised funds

It is our goal to ensure each athlete can continue to participate, despite his or her financial ability, or lack thereof. If the goal is not met, we will still apply as much of the funds to these expenses. 

II. PURPOSE

THE OVERALL PURPOSE OF THIS PROPOSAL IS TO INCREASE AND ENHANCE THE EXPOSURE, QUALITY AND AVAILABILITY OF ARTISTIC AND RHYTHMIC GYMNASTICS TO A DIVERSE CROSS-SECTION OF CHILDREN AND YOUTH IN LOS ANGELES FROM LOW INCOME BACKGROUNDS.

A. SPECIFIC OBJECTIVES

Specific objectives of this proposal are:

Objective 1: To provide 60 full-time scholarship months and 144 partial, tuition scholarship months to low-income, ethnic minority children and youth with special needs. 

Objective 2: To enhance the overall gymnastics experience and quality of training for over 500 children and youth who reside in Los Angeles County through the replacement of aging equipment.

II. ORGANIZATION

The Los Angeles School of Gymnastics (LASG) is a non-profit organization that offers comprehensive artistic and rhythmic gymnastics programs serving children and youth of all ages and all ability levels from beginner to Olympic competitors. LASG began as a training center for rhythmic gymnastics and has grown to become one of the top rhythmic organizations in the country. Since 1975, LASG has expanded its artistic gymnastics program and now provides the Los Angeles community with the best all-around gymnastic programs at one of Southern California’s largest training centers. The expert coaching staff, specialized training facility, and varied programs offer the Los Angeles community a gymnastics program that is committed to excellence.

In 1986, LASG received a grant award from the Amateur Athletic Foundation for $40,000. The objectives of that proposal were: 1) to provide a gymnastics experience to low income beginning children; and 2)to purchase new equipment to expand the level of services. Both objectives were attained. As a result, of the grant, LASG was able to provide gymnastics experience to 300 low-income minority children and youth with special needs who otherwise would not have been able to participate. Since that time, LASG has continued to provide a level of scholarship support. At present, through fund-raising efforts, a total of 20 children enrolled in the LASG Academy program receive full or part scholarship support. In addition, LASG has been able to expand the level of scholarships to local schools. These limited scholarships are provided to schools in Los Angeles County, which establish their own criteria for awarding them. In addition, all equipment was received, fulfilling the second objective.


III. PROGRAMS

The LASG offers a broad range of artistic and gymnastics educational and training programs. These include the boys and girls academy, co-educational program for preschoolers (3-5 years of age), rhythmic gymnastics teams, special education rehabilitation, and boys & girls artistic teams. In addition, LASG runs summer and winter programs, a mobile gym that goes on campus to schools throughout the Los Angeles area and a highly acclaimed rehabilitation program for disabled children. As of July 1998, LASG had an enrollment of 427 children in 68 classes in the Academy program. Maximum enrollment for this number of classes is 599. Twenty Academy students from low-income backgrounds currently receive full or partial scholarships.

Through it’s Academy, LASG offers classes and team training programs daily with beginning and intermediate level activities scheduled for girls, boys, and coed classes for preschoolers. The hours of the training center and the various classes go from 9:00 am to 9:00 p.m.. Of the 427 children and youth enrolled in LASG Academy classes, 150 are boys and 200 are girls, 6-18 years of age, while 77 team members are training for Olympic stardom on many of our competitive teams. In 1998, 49 children participated in a 10 week summer camp program and 22 children participated in a one-week winter camp program. Many of these children did not have any previous experience in gymnastics, 8 students received full or partial scholarships in our exclusive camp programs.

In 1992, the Academy program was expanded through the establishment of a mobile gym program. The mobile gym program provides an after school program that delivers an rehabilitation for special needs students via introduction to the sport of gymnastics throughout the community. Mobile gym sessions have been provided for the following schools by the L.A. School of Gymnastics: Overland Elementary School, the Montessori School, Los Angeles High School, Wonder Years School, Lutheran Elementary, Temple Emanuel School, Ohr Elyahu School, Crossroads School, Kittyhawk School, Rosewood Elementary and Overland Star Programs. In 1996, over 400 students participated in an 10 week mobile program provided by the L.A School of Gymnastics. Special Education programs and centers have cooperated and worked with the L.A.S.G. since 1996: Westside Regional Center, Harbor Regional Center, South Central Regional Center, and East Los Angeles Regional Centers.

A summer camp program also is offered by the LASG to children of all ages and children with special needs. The summer camp program serves a diverse group of youth from across the community, offering scholarships to those families who cannot afford the tuition fee. It is specifically designed to give children from the Los Angeles area the chance to participate in quality gymnastics training for all ability levels in conjunction with various activities including dance, swimming, field trips, arts & crafts, horseback riding, beach activities and karate.

The summer camp is offered in two, 5 week sessions throughout the duration of summer vacation. The morning program of each session is devoted to gymnastic instruction while afternoons are devoted to other activities. The uniqueness of the morning program is it’s focus on both rhythmic & artistic gymnastics for children with and without special needs. This enables the children to learn the basics in both sports, from ropes, balls, and ribbons, from tumbling to trampoline and the bars. The afternoon program is designed to include educational experiences such as horseback riding, beach activities and educational field trips, etc. 


IV. METHODOLOGY 

Gymnastics is one of the best all-around training experiences for growth and development of children and youth. The development of physical condition, coordination and strength is complemented with the development of self-confidence, self-esteem, concentration, and cooperative learning skills. Unfortunately, the many positive aspects of gymnastics are not available to all children and youth in this country, because of the high cost of equipment and intensive coaching needs. LASG has long recognized the need to provide a range of financial assistance options for families whose children would otherwise be unable to participate. 

The LASG has demonstrated its long term commitment of making gymnastics available to low income children and youth with special needs and debilitating diseases who otherwise would not be able to participate in the program. A special scholarship program began for families who could not afford tuition was begun in 1975, with a previous grant from the Amateur Athletic Foundation. The scholarship program has been continued and expanded by LASG since the initial one-year award to include scholarships for the summer program and mobile gym. This proposal will enable LASG to expand the current level of scholarships to low-income families and students with special needs. It also will allow LASG to replace aging equipment.

A. OBJECTIVE ONE: TO PROVIDE 60 FULL-TIME SCHOLARSHIP MONTHS AND 144 PARTIAL, TUITION SCHOLARSHIP MONTHS TO LOW INCOME MINORITY CHILDREN AND YOUTH.

A total of $15,840 is requested to support 60 full-time tuition scholarship months and 144 partial tuition scholarship months. This objective will enable minority children from low-income backgrounds to enroll in regular LASG Academy programs over a twelve month period.

Tuition scholarships typically are evenly distributed between full and partial. All full scholarship is the equivalent of $240 for an 8-week training session or $120/month per individual. Partial tuition scholarships are valued @ $60 per month. Full-time training sessions typically include 1 1/2 hour classes, twice per week. The amount of the tuition scholarship is based on family income and size. Families whose income falls below the federal poverty level are eligible for full-time scholarships, upon request. The level of part-time scholarships, case by case basis, as determined by a financial screening interview conducted by the LASG Board of Directors. In no case are scholarships offered to families whose income is 80% above the poverty guideline.

This objective is limited to supporting pre-team activities of the regular Academy and Academy Summer programs to enrich a child’s growth in becoming a happy, healthy adult. These activities are available to children and youth at the beginning and intermediate levels. With the requested support, LASG will double its level of support for ethnic minority children and youth from low-income backgrounds. It also will provide a vehicle through which children identified through the mobile gym program can continue training regardless of family income. These funds will increase the current level of scholarships offered by LASG. They will not replace existing effort. The requested level of funds will support 60 full-time tuition scholarships months @ $120 month and 144 partial tuition scholarship months @ $60 a month.

B. OBJECTIVE TWO: To enhance the overall gymnastics experience and quality of training for over 400 children and youth who are enrolled in LASG Academy programs and reside in Los Angeles County through the replacement of aging equipment.

The second objective seeks $54,716 to replace aging gymnastics equipment both for safety reasons and to meet the ever changing demands of training apparatus and accommodate the demands of additional students upon receiving grant. Much of the equipment at LASG is 11 years old and in desperate need for replacement. Support for new equipment is needed, as the marginal revenues available for replacing equipment is low due to the high level of scholarship currently subsidized by LASG for low-income families. Without the requested support for capitol equipment, existing tuition scholarships for children of low income families will have to be sharply curtailed.

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This proposal will enable the replacement of 2 bars; 2 beams; boys bars; horizontal bar; 2 springboards; 10 mats; new carpet with foam; vault; and pommel horse. It will also allow for the purchase of assorted children’s equipment. An itemized budget is presented in Appendix A.


V. PERSONNEL

The LASG is fortunate to draw upon a distinguished and diverse group of US and internationally trained coaches from 9 different countries. Nine of its coaches have Master’s Degree in Physical Education, Anatomy and Physiology, and/or Sport. Together, its 14 coaches have over 150 years of coaching experience. In addition, all LASG instructors have been top level competitors in artistic or rhythmic gymnastics. A brief summary of coaches, degrees, and experiences is presented below.

Risks and challenges

We would like to raise funds to provide continued gymnastic services to our inner-city demographic athletes who struggle to make tuition. This will not cover all of the cost of these expenses but will allow us to reduce the burden of our members in finding other ways to raise the finances. The top expenses and the planned split are:
1. Tuition for the inner-city demographic.
2. Renting out the gymnastics facility for the entire day ~60% of raised funds
3. Purchasing supplies for the competition concessions ~10% of raised funds
4. Judges: travel, time, and food ~30% of raised funds
It is our goal to ensure each athlete can continue to participate, despite his or her financial ability, or lack thereof. If the goal is not met, we will still apply as much of the funds to these expenses.

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    Donate over $150 to receive: Commercial Video Shoutout, Special Silver Recognition on Social Media/Website, a ticket to our 2020 LA Lights Gymnastics event, and an LA School of Gymnastics customized gift.

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