COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - The Girls Inc. Sport Stackers and Glory Girls Jump Rope team are traveling to Hampton Roads, Va. for the AAU Junior Olympics Sport Stacking and Jump Rope Championship.
Qualifying sport stackers and jump rope teams from across the US and around the world will converge in Hampton Roads from July 30 – August 3 for this summer's game.
Girls Inc. is excited to be sending girls to compete again this year. This is the 9th year for the Glory Girls Jump Rope Team and the 3rd year for the Sport Stacking team competing in the AAU Junior Olympics.
Most have finished on the podium winning Gold, Silver, and Bronze medals or in the top 5.
During these competitions the girls were able to meet and compete against athletes from all over the United States as well as other countries such as Germany, Singapore, Canada, Korea, Australia, and the Philippines.
Girls Inc. of Columbus will have eight girls competing in the Jump Rope Competition and 11 girls competing in the Sport Stacking Competition.
This is a tremendous opportunity for top stackers and jump rope teams to compete. There will be 19 sports in this summer's games that will draw more than 15,000 total athletes. This is also the largest multi-sport event for youth in the country.
The Glory Girls Jump Rope team consists of Amber Perrymond, Dayna Perrymond, Samyra Perrymond, Yvonne Mitchell, Ashanti Williams, Ashanti Taylor, Malika Crawford, MaKayla Simao and the coach is Geniquiya (GeGe) Merideth and Coach Walter McKee is the Team Manager.
The Sport Stacking team consists of McKayla Simao, Ayanna Henry, Natalya Calhoun, Daisy Cruz, Joleah Layfield, Skylah Simao, Liliana Harris, Olivia Wilson, Alona Brown, Asauna Edmonds, and D'Mija Davis and the coaches are Deb Wayland, who is also a sport stacker and Shyla Simao.
The AAU Junior Olympic Games are known as the largest showcase event for youth sports programs. Coaches GeGe, Deb & Shyla, prepared the girls to compete in this event assisted by Girls Inc Sports Director, Coach McKee. The parents and community supported the girls in their fundraising effort to make it possible to compete. Several parents and family members will be traveling to Virginia to support the girls.
In January 2015, Girls Inc of Columbus hosted the World Sport Stacking Association (WSSA) Open Sport Stacking Tournament in Columbus and several youth broke state, national and world records.
About Girls Inc.
Girls Inc. inspires all girls to be strong, smart, and bold through life-changing programs and experiences that help girls navigate gender, economic, and social barriers. Research-based curricula, delivered by trained, mentoring professionals in a positive all-girl environment equip girls to achieve academically; lead healthy and physically active lives; manage money; navigate media messages; and discover an interest in science, technology, engineering, and math. Girls Inc. of Columbus is a nonprofit organization that serves 1,500 girls ages 6 - 18 annually in the Chattahoochee Valley. Learn more about our programs and advocacy at www.girlsinc-columbus.org.