World turned upside down by Gymnasts

23_upside-down_5146UPSIDE-DOWN VIEWS  — Young gymnasts Jayden Marino and Brandon Dawes make this upside-down pose look simple as they carry on a conversation during the National Gymnastics Day held Saturday at the Golden Triangle Gymnastics Club.  After the world was upside-down, there were a lot of red faces in the gym.  I-O Photo by Tirsea McNeal

By Tirsea McNeal, I-O Reporter

Gymnasts across the world took a moment to view their world upside down on Sept.  22, at 1 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.

Parents cheered and cameras flashed at Golden Triangle Gymnastics Club (GTGC) as students posed by hanging, bending and physically being upside-down.

Photos were shared on the USA Gymnastics Facebook page. The goal was to exceed the 20,478 individuals who set the world record for simultaneously performed handstands in 2011.

The Golden Triangle Gymnastics Club has information about local events and classes on their website: .

Many clubs around the United States use the National Gymnastics Day event as an opportunity to support Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals in a club’s local community.

Since 2001, gymnastics clubs across the country have raised more than $1.7 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

Through gymnastics the importance of physical activities and making good choices are taught in an environment full of fun.  The GTGC is committed to teaching life skill of the highest integrity and honor.

Along with the National Gymnastics Day efforts, the USA Gymnastics Fitness Program partnered with the First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move!  Initiative to help get more than a million young people involved in sports.

More world updates on National Gymnastics Day and events can be found by visiting their website: .