The non-for-profit organization, which offers gymnastics to children with and without special needs, is celebrating its fifth anniversary with Five Years of Flips, which will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Sept. 17 at the Balance 180 gym, 6527 NW 18th Drive, Gainesville.
The event, sponsored by the Fit2Run store at the Oaks Mall, follows National Gymnastics Day, which is Sept. 16.
Supervised children’s activities, music, drinks and food will be offered at the event.
Presentations start at 2:30 p.m., and speakers include Gator gymnastics head coach Jenny Rowland and Balance 180 co-founders Dr. Carsten Schmalfuss and Krista Vandenborne.
Vandenborne, chair of UF’s department of physical therapy, and Schmalfuss, a VA and UF Health cardiologist, started Balance 180 with the vision of providing all children with a nurturing, healthy environment that recognizes each child’s unique potential in gymnastics and sports.
“It’s unbelievable to reflect on how far we have come and how much our kids and programs have grown,” Vandenborne said. “We’re grateful to have such a wonderful team of supporters, advisors, coaches and volunteers who have been a part of our journey and who have had an amazing impact on the families and children in our community,”
The organization serves more than 500 athletes annually, and it recently brought Special Olympics Florida Gymnastics to Greater Gainesville. The Special Olympics program enables athletes with special needs to compete at a local and state level.