This July (exact date depending on weather conditions), club owner and coach, Gordy Bylin, and top gymnast, 16-year-old Calvin Tomsic – a first time climber – are going to climb Mt. Baker together as part of the Climb for Cubes Fundraiser. The gym is raising money to buy new covered foam cubes that will be cleaner for the facility and healthier for students and families
The gym uses two foam pits every day to teach kids how to flip and fall safely… and just for fun! The foam pits are an essential part of the program, but the problem is, traditional foam cubes don’t last very long. They deteriorate under the lights causing a lot of dust and debris. Covered foam cubes don’t break down, so the pits, the air, and the entire facility remain cleaner and healthier.
Gordy and Calvin decided to climb Mt. Baker to challenge themselves physically and mentally, and inspire those of all ages that together we can achieve great things and climb to new heights!
“The mountains are a healing place for me, and gymnastics saved my life when I was a teenager, so I am grateful to be able to share both of these passions with young people in our community. This is a family business, so after a year of losses in my family which turned into a hard year for the business, I’m excited to start healing and growing again. Once you climb a mountain, you can do anything!” says Gordy.
The gym is using this opportunity to get the local community involved, asking for donations from individuals and sponsorships from local businesses in exchange for banner advertising. Gordy and Calvin will be documenting their climb along the way, and the gym will host a post-climb open gym viewing party to celebrate their success and (hopefully!) meeting the fundraising goal of $5,000.
Mt. Baker Gymnastics has been bringing the Skagit Valley community the best of what gymnastics and fitness have to offer for over 14 years – healthy, happy bodies and minds through safe, professional instruction at all levels. Mt. Baker Gymnastics offers recreational and team gymnastics to the community, from toddlers to adults, as well as competitive gymnastics for both boys and girls from beginner to elite. Special programs include birthday parties, camps, field trips for schools and organizations, and home school fitness programs.