Bought by Tim and Denise Dalton in 2002, Gymnastics Nevada offers gymnastics, dancing, tumbling and cheerleading training for youth of all ages. In their toddlers tumbling course, Gymnastics Nevada accepts clients as young as a year old, as long as the baby can walk.
"I coached a lot of sports," said Denise Dalton. In the early part of her son, Olympian Jake Dalton's career, they commuted back and forth from Sparks to Fernley for training. In 2002, when the gym Jake trained at went for sale, the Daltons decided to buy it. Denise had a limited background in gymnastics but she soon became certified to teach and began coaching the boys program. Her husband maintains the business end of the gym, handling the front office, finances and equipment repairs.
Coach Kelly Holcomb competed in gymnastics from age six to 17. Serving as the toddlers' program coordinator, she teaches 25 classes a week. She is a certified coach with United States Gymnastics Federation. After taking some time off to move to Sparks and raise a family, Holcomb came back to the gym when her daughters started taking gymnastics classes. The Daltons knew of Holcomb's talent and expertise and asked her to coach at their gym.
"I love working with children," said Holcomb. "I'm strict but I do it with love."
"We're the best gym in the state. We're definitely the largest gym and the cleanest. Most gyms don't have a tots area but we have one complete with smaller, tot equipment. We're also updating our equipment."
Coach York Parris may be new to the Gymnastic Nevada staff but he has been coaching gymnastics since the age of 17 and coached his first team at 21. Serving as the boys gymnastic team director, Parris started gymnastics at the age of 12 after a friend introduced him to the gym.
"I was too little for football and too short for basketball," said Parris. "My friend took me to the gym and I saw all these guys flipping around. From that moment on, I was hooked."
Only one week ago, Parris moved to Sparks from Arizona after accepting one of the many offers the Daltons offered him.
"This is a good opportunity, to come out and work with the Daltons. They wanted me to come out for years," said Parris. "I was also looking for a change. Change is always a good thing, right?"
On September 21, Gymnastics Nevada will host a fundraiser benefiting the Children's Miracle Network at both gyms in Reno and Sparks at 2 p.m. Dalton hopes to raise $1,000 for the organization, benefiting children's healthcare, especially at Renown Hospital. For those who raise the most money, Gymnastics Nevada will reward the top three fundraisers trips to watch the 2014 American Gymnastic Cup.
"Children's Miracle Network is especially important to me. My niece was 16 ounces when she was born. The network stepped in to help and now, she is a healthy 17 year old."
The Daltons and the Gymnastic Nevada staff strive to treat their students and parents as family.
"That's one of the unique things about our gym. We treat everyone as a family member," said Holcomb. "This is a family business."
"I do more than teach gymnastics," said Dalton. "My students talk to me like a second mom. I feel like their parent. I help them build up their self esteem, teach them how to be considerate and polite."
When it comes to her own family's success, Dalton could not be any more proud.
"His parents bought the gym for him. They give him so much support. They guide him," said Holcomb. "This sport takes a lot of dedication on the parents . You can't give up on your child. It takes a lot of commitment from them."
"When he was six years old, Jake was in baseball," said Dalton. "His coach said to put him in gymnastics into order to stay loose and strong. We couldn't pull him away since."
After Jake breezed through the Olympic trials, he and his parents immediately flew out to London. During the games, Procter and Gamble organized housing for the athlete's families.
"It felt great, meeting this big network for our country's athletes," said Dalton.
In August, Jake will compete for a qualifying position on the USA World Team in Hartford, Connecticut.
"The best thing about being here is working with kids who have the chance to experience an Olympian in their gym. There's that motivation. There are little kids here that see Jake's picture and they get so excited," said Parris.
Holcomb agreed. "It proved that dreams come true," she said.
The coaching staff cannot make promises about turning your child into a gold-winning Olympian, but they encourage youth of all ages to get involved in gymnastics.
"Bring your kids in. Gymnastics teaches them how to excel in any sports. It teaches them balance, how to follow directions," said Holcomb. "To defy gravity is incredible. This sport is addicting."
For more information about Gymnastics Nevada, call (775) 355-7755 or visit gymnasticsnevada.com.