This Spring, Georgia gymnasts will flock to the Forum, each vying for a top score during the USA Gymnastics Georgia Level 7-8 State Meet Championships, which will be held March 29 – April 2 at the Forum.


Rome-Floyd Parks and Recreation was awarded hosting rights for the meet, which will be presented by Rome’s own gymnastics team, the Rome Aerials. Four hundred and fifty gymnasts from around the state are expected to attend to compete for state titles.


Matt Zollitsch, Rome Aerials Gymnastics Head Coach said he thinks both the City of Rome and the Forum serve as the perfect place to hold the event.


“This is the third State Meet we have received from USAG GA since 2012, Zollitsch said. “Families, friends, relatives and athletes can all enjoy everything Rome has to offer. The economic impact this has for the city is an unexpected surprise. In 2015, the DDA estimated that it had a $235,000 impact on the City of Rome.”


The gymnastics program at Rome-Floyd Parks and Recreation, Zollitsch said, brings in more than 1,000 kids each month, where they participate in programs such as Open Gym, Tot Time, recreational classes, birthday parties and USAG Team training.


“I think when people realize the growth potential of gymnastics here, the possibilities are endless,” Zollitsch said. “We sent our first collegiate athlete, Kendall Arasmith, to Centenary College this past year.”


Zollitsch added that the support for the gymnastics program from the city and the county has been amazing.


“There’s just not enough room for everyone; we are putting people on waiting lists,” Zollitsch said. “Birthday parties are booked until February 2017.”


For the state gymnastics meet, Zollitsch is currently looking for sponsors, and anyone interested can contact him at 706.291.0766 or by emailing him at [email protected].


USA Gymnastics is the national governing body for the sport in the United States. It gets this designation from the U.S. Olympic Committee and the International Gymnastics Federation. USA Gymnastics, headquartered in Indianapolis, Ind., sets the rules and policies that govern the sport of gymnastics. USA Gymnastics has many responsibilities, including selecting and training the U.S. Gymnastics Teams for the Olympics and World Championships; promoting and developing gymnastics on the grassroots and national levels; and serving as a resource center for members, clubs, fans and gymnasts throughout the United States.