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August 2016 42 three facilities in the area around Austin, TX. Being a coach and club owner helps her understand what members need from USA Gymnastics. "As the leader of member services, it's important to understand the needs of our clubs and support all of our members. It helps that I see what is going on at the lo- cal, state, and national level," Jarrett said. One of the strongest benefits USA Gymnastics offers are educational oppor- tunities for member club owners, coaches and officials. USA Gymnastics University provides a collection of resources, cours- es and professional certification programs through four schools: School of Compet- itive Gymnastics, School of Recreational Gymnastics, School of Business and School of Judging. "With these courses and programs, we have continued to grow our base of participation while providing the education necessary to the club own- ers and members so that they can grow their business," Jarrett said. Part of the growth in new clubs is due to more athletes graduating with college gymnastics experience, she said. "People see the elite athletes on TV, and that's great for exposure to the sport and it has helped grow the sport. But for every one of them, there are hundreds of other athletes who have been studying and participating in gymnastics for years and now are ready to coach." USA Gymnastics Programs Gymnastics for All is a diverse sport program, the largest in worldwide membership for USA Gymnastics, that provides opportunities and activities for individuals with all skill levels and of all ages, including children five and under, adults 18 and over, and seniors age 50 and older. There are three tracks: compet- itive, non-competitive and special needs. The program focuses on the development of general sport skills, fitness, health, important movement patterns and daily life skills. "These programs are not as visible as other aspects of what we do but they are a very important part. Also our Special Olympic programs are hosted through this," Jarrett said. Another successful program is the annual National Gymnastics Day. USA Gymnastics offers grants, tool kits and other promotional and marketing resourc- es for clubs wishing to take part in this educational outreach. "It's been a huge hit with clubs as a way to reach out and real- ly have a presence in their communities. We planted the seed and people are taking it to a new level," Jarrett said. "When working with children, you want them to know the benefits of being involved and the importance of giving back." This year's National Gymnastics Day is Sep- tember 17, 2016. The USA Gymnastics Fitness program is another way the governing body is reaching out to the community. Accord- ing to online information, the program is geared toward children ages three to ► t SPORT Report Simone Biles, three-time World All-Around Champion, on the second night of competition at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Women's Gymnastics at SAP Center in San Jose, CA. Photo by John Cheng/USA Gymnastics 2016 U.S. Men's Olympic Team Photo by John Cheng/USA Gymnastics

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