November 17 Update
Unfortunately, the latest state-wide mandate impacts our program, and once again we have been required to close. Both Spokane Gymnastics Argonne Village and Spokane Gymnastics Pines are now completely closed. We will reopen, just as soon as it is safe and legal to do so. We can’t wait to bounce back!
While we are working alongside many other youth sports organizations to receive an exemption (similar to what was successful in Oregon for child activity centers during their two-week “freeze”), we are not optimistic. As always, while we hope for the best, we work within the realities we encounter.
We understand this development impacts all the families we serve, and we are incredibly sad for another disruption in our students’ lives.
While this continues to be a challenging experience for everyone, it has and continues to be worth it! Being able to serve during the past four months, even with limited capacity and programs, we were revitalized by the kids! They energized us and solidified our commitment.
We understand what our program means to our students’ physical, emotional, mental, and social well-being. I know that what we provide matters and is essential within our community, so we will continue to give it everything we’ve got, hang on once again, and adapt.
Over the past nine months, even with all the uncertainty and obstacles, our entire team stepped up and did whatever was needed to provide a safe, fun, and productive experience. We adjusted, we cleaned, we proved that we could exceed all our safety objectives and still create an exceptionally fun and valuable gymnastics experience! I am so proud of the level of passion and professionalism that our crew demonstrates and their unwavering dedication. They are also devastated by this development; our coaches want to provide support and be connected during this break.
Being a locally-owned small business and having our program completely shut down for four months between March and July was not something we ever could have been prepared for, then operating at less than 25% occupancy with extremely small ratios has been less than ideal. However, we are creative, we are committed, we are gritty, we are determined to serve our students, families, and community, not just at this time, which I believe is more meaningful than ever, but long term. We are capable of so much more than I previously could have fathomed. Before this latest setback, we were making it work, and I believe each day we were open, we contributed to the lives of our students.
We now have experience with shutting down and safely reopening, our facilities and procedures have already been updated, so we won’t be starting from scratch. We are now experts; we possess skills I would prefer we didn’t have, but we will put them to good use 🙂
I witnessed how much the previous closure impacted our kiddos and families. I understand I have only caught a glimpse of the daily reality that our families endured, and I am broken-hearted by this closure. I also was fortunate to see how so many students blossomed again in a very short amount of time and how resilient children can be. They are amazing, and I am in awe.
As excruciating as another closure is, I am calm and completely confident that we will all get through this again. We are weary; we want the virus to be eliminated so we can get back to the things we love. There are so many conditions outside of our control, and it is overwhelming. I am choosing to let go of the many things I simply can’t force by sheer will and instead hang on to what matters. We couldn’t control a global pandemic, but we could control how we operated within our program. We can’t change our entire community’s current reality, but we can choose what we focus our energy on and how we treat others. We could not prevent this closure, but we can choose how we respond to this latest obstacle.
The incredible team at Spokane Gymnastics and I are going to serve during this time in the same way that we built our program over the past decade and rebuilt this year when we reopened. We will continue to communicate, be flexible, transparent, accommodating, fulfill our commitments, and provide support for our students, families, coaches, and community.
Thank you for trusting us with your children! We appreciate your confidence in us, and we will hang on through this latest challenge so we can reopen even better than ever and provide the best possible gymnastics experience. We cannot wait to welcome you back to Spokane Gymnastics, just as soon as we are able! Hang tough. Bright days are still ahead.
As always, if you have any questions or if there is anything I may do to assist, please reach out.
509-533-9646 or 509-315-5433 Argonne Village (main facility)
509-290-5270 Pines (team facility)
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