Milwaukee YMCA to host national gymnastics championships

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The YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee has been selected to host the 2012 YMCA of The USA National Gymnastics Championships to be held June 28 through July 1, 2012. At least 1,500 gymnasts, ages 5-18, along with their families, are expected to attend the four-day event.
“We are thrilled to have been selected as the host site for this national-level event and are proud of the support we’ve received from our community partners,” said Bob Yamachika, president and CEO for the YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee. “Working together with VISIT Milwaukee,
Summerfest, and various other community organizations, provides a wonderful example of how strong partnerships positively impact and benefit our community.”
VISIT Milwaukee estimates that the total economic impact for the region could amount to nearly $4 million dollars during the one week event.
In addition, the Y is excited to announce its partnership with Summerfest to host opening ceremonies for the event on Thursday, June 28, 2012. The opening ceremonies are expected to draw approximately 6,000 gymnasts and families.
 “We are honored to host the opening ceremonies of the 2012 YMCA National Gymnastics Championships while showcasing Summerfest, Henry Maier Festival Park and Milwaukee to the local and national gymnastics community next year,” said Don Smiley, president and chief executive officer of Milwaukee World Festival, Inc. “We are confident the gymnasts and their
families will truly enjoy being a part of this world-class music event.”
Milwaukee was chosen to host the event based on its convenient and safe downtown Milwaukee location with walkability from hotels to various venues and entertainment offerings. 
“The event serves as a wonderful opportunity to highlight the city of Milwaukee and all that it has to offer visiting families from across the United States.” said Paul Upchurch, president and CEO for VISIT Milwaukee.

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