A whole lotta shaking was going on at the Great American Gymnastic Express Saturday as the Blue Springs home to youngsters ranging from Olympic athletes to Bump City birthday kids participated in the second annual Let’s Move! Celebration.
“We didn’t really know what to expect,” said GAGE general manager Karla Grimes, “and it was a huge success. We had over 600 people attend the event and they all seemed to have a great time.”
Events ranged from Blue Springs police officers using their radar guns to gauge the speed of young pitchers to a unique form of laser tag and all the antics that go on at Bump City, the area designed for the young of heart that features ropes ladders, gladiator rings, in-ground trampolines, rock-wall climbing, slam-dunk basketball and a variety of games.
This was Let's Move! Saturdays’ second birthday celebration along with National Gymnastics Day. Let's Move Blue Springs is coordinated by StandUp Blue Springs, and Let's Move! Saturdays is one of the events to promote physical activity.
“Let's Move! Saturdays promotes the joy and play in movement by enlisting local business to make available free and low cost activities to the public every Saturday,” Grimes said. “We’re going to host an event one Saturday each month.
“It gives kids in Blue Springs the chance to get out and participate in some activity and it gives GAGE the opportunity to showcase what we offer.”
While the event took place at GAGE, owners and gymnastic coaches Al and Armine Fong were not in attendance. But they had a good reason.
They were with Brenna Dowell in Antwerp, Belgium, the site of next week’s World Gymnastic Championships.
“I know how much Al and Armine would like to be here,” Grimes said, “but they are a busy helping Brenna prepare for the championships.”
Dowell, a senior at Odessa High School, is a member of the United States National Gymnastic team.