NATIONAL GYMNASTICS DAY – Third Saturday in September
NATIONAL GYMNASTICS DAY
On the third Saturday in September, National Gymnastics Day focuses on a sport the Greeks developed in the 5th century B.C.
That’s right. During the 5th century B.C., gymnastics first emerged as a classical sport. The Greeks developed the practice to strengthen warriors’ skills for battle. Since gymnastics focuses on all the necessary physical traits for hand to hand combat, it improves strength, dexterity, and concentration.
Many of the events first exhibited during the Greek Olympics are a part of the competition in the modern Olympics today.
The “father of modern gymnastics” is Friedrich Ludwig Jahn of Germany. In the 1700s, he perfected many of the events that leave the audiences gasping in awe. Some of those events include parallel bars, balance beam, and jumping events.
Both an individual and team sport, gymnastics competitions are found all over the world. Many age and skill levels compete, too. Those who compete at the Olympic level and beyond train several hours daily. To be successful, most start as a young child.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalGymnasticsDay
Share stories about celebrated gymnasts, or encourage a gymnast you know. Attend a gymnastic competition near you. Share your experiences in gymnastics. While you’re cheering on your favorite gymnast, be sure to take photos and video. Share them using #NationalGymnasticsDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL GYMNASTICS DAY HISTORY
Gymnastics Day began in 1998 as a way to encourage gymnasts and bring awareness about the sport.
DATES 19 September 2020 18 September 2021 17 September 2022 16 September 2023 21 September 2024 20 September 2025 19 September 2026 18 September 2027 16 September 2028 15 September 2029 21 September 2030 20 September 2031
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