NATIONAL GYMNASTICS DAY – Third Saturday in September
NATIONAL GYMNASTICS DAY
Observe National Gymnastics Day on the third Saturday in September. The day focuses on a sport that 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
Attend a gymnastic competition near you. Share your experiences in gymnastics. Use #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 September 21, 2019 September 19, 2020 September 18, 2021 September 17, 2022 September 16, 2023 September 21, 2024 September 20, 2025 September 19, 2026 September 18, 2027 September 16, 2028 September 15, 2029
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