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    A 30-day crowd-funding campaign to raise money to preserve Gymkana's 70-year history.
    Monday Feb. 8, 2016 (6:00AM EST) - Wednesday Mar. 9, 2016 (5:59AM EST)

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Project Updates

  • March 9,2016 - Launch UMD crowdfunding campaign raised a total of $26,050!
  • October 12, 2016 - Gymkana's archive of Home Show videos shipped to vendor to create digital copies.

  • Donor Recognition

    THANK YOU TO ALL OF OUR DONORS!


    Legacy Benefactors $5000+

    Director’s Circle $2500-$4999
    • Holly Mueck/Humanity Realtors Inc.

    Gold Club $1000-$2499
    • Jon Engel
    • Dr. and Mrs. Jarvis
    • Tim Preston

    Silver Club $500-$999
    • Ben Anderson
    • Laura and Atle Bjanes
    • Aneesah Blount
    • Elly Brtva
    • Lizet Christiansen
    • Dr. Jane Clark
    • Elizabeth Cordeiro
    • Barbara and Bob Gold
    • Shannon (Teates) Giusto
    • Patrick and Cornelia Kennedy
    • Christine and Johnny Manzari
    • The Mateik Family
    • Todd Supple
    • Susie, Abbey, and Mom-Mom Zavaglia

    Bronze Club $250-$499
    • Sami Ahmed
    • Dr. Barbara Alving
    • Steph Ball
    • Vicky Baramki
    • Jim and Kori Bathurst
    • Matt Berens
    • Elizabeth Celi
    • Tim Crawford
    • Diego Gatica
    • Marcie Gutierrez
    • Bob Hallwig
    • Jane Hargett Martens
      …in loving memory of Dr. George Kramer
    • Brandon Hayes
    • Hesham Ismail
    • Liz and Joe Kreft
    • Andrew "Rex" Kennedy
    • Jim Lisehora
    • Marion Copping Lisehora
    • Steven Low
    • Erin Mader
    • Hirschel McGinnis
    • Salvador Orochena
    • Angie and Ben Prescott
    • Jamie (Copelin) Ragland
    • Deepak and Sheela Rao
    • Billy Rappolt
    • Lynne Reilly
    • Karen and Mike Rennich
    • Katie Reutemann
    • Zoe Rosenblum
    • Julia Ruth
    • Andrea D. Shreni
    • Anne S.K. Turkos
    • Terry Wallace
    • Justin and Margie Williamson

    Handspring Level $100-$249
    • Terese Acocella
    • Donna Alcott
    • Jean (Nichols) Berube
    • Thea Burgess
    • Craig Carignan
    • William Caywood
    • Skyler Dewalt
    • Kathy McGuire Dougherty
    • Susie Klioze Edelson
    • Shannon Eng
    • Jenny Kimball James
    • Amanda Hawk
    • Scott Highton
    • Mary (Smith) Morgan
    • Suzy Pereira
    • David Rudel
    • Ingrid Sobieski
    • Bridget Wang
    • Kim Wissman

    Cartwheel Level $50-$99
    • Rick Cruz
    • Jennifer Duvall
    • Brian Goncalves
    • Patti Lee
    • Dalia Leven
    • Casey Moore
    • Kirby O'Connell
    • Cristina Padlan Packard
    • Robin Pike
    • Gina (Casale) Reinhardt
    • Jonathan Szczepanski
    • Susan Stern


    What is Gymkana?

    In 1946, the University of Maryland experienced a sudden influx of students, with many veterans returning home from World War II. One of those veterans, David A. Field, arrived at the University as a physical education instructor. There he founded the University of Maryland Gymkana Troupe whose goals were to provide healthful recreational activities to students, promoting the sport of gymnastics, providing entertainment for their audiences and acting as “Ambassadors of Goodwill” for all those that they encountered. Since the first performance in Ritchie Coliseum on January 10, 1947, for the halftime of the Maryland-George Washington basketball game, Gymkana has used gymnastics to promote its message and inspire others. The season culminated, as it has every year since, with the 1st annual Home Show on April 23, 1947.

    70 years later, the Gymkana Troupe is still alive and strong, making it one of the oldest student club on Maryland’s campus. All University students are welcome to become members – no experience required (a stipulation that has been a cornerstone of the program since its beginnings). Now averaging 70 members per season, Gymkana’s message has evolved as well. Today students on the team are the “Ambassadors of Healthy Living” promoting drug, tobacco, and alcohol free living to their audiences, the University population and the thousands of children that participate in Gymkana’s annual summer camp and weekly Saturday gymnastics classes. A family away from home to many of its members, Gymkana is more than just a student group or gymnastics team. It is an opportunity for the mentorship and the development of young adults who always know that they have a place at the University of Maryland to call home.



    Why do we need your help?

    Existing for almost three-quarters of a century has not been easy. Since it’s founding, Gymkana has been a self-funded and self-supported non-profit in an ever-changing University landscape. Practice space, costumes, equipment and supplies were hard to come by and only earned through hard work and dedication. In moments when it seemed that there was no future for the program, its coaches, alumni and members stood up and fought to save it.

    Having spent years looking forward to ensure its survival, Gymkana has never had the funds available to effectively archive and preserve its own history. The Launch UMD program offers the chance to remedy this by funding the processing of the Troupe’s massive archive collection, digitizing its content, and sharing it with the World.

    The initial cost of Gymkana’s project is approximately $25,000. Working with the University Archives, the funds raised through Launch UMD will go to beginning the process of cataloging and digitizing this collection of documents, memorabilia, videos, and roughly 15,000 photographs and 35mm slides. Once completed, this will allow for the creation of an online archive that will make Gymkana’s historical content accessible to everyone. Preserving Gymkana’s historical foundation will allow it to continue to shape and inspire future members and future audiences.

    For the thousands of alumni of the 70-year-old program, the University of Maryland community, and generations of families and friends, this extensive and accessible historical content would be a truly cherished gift.


    How can you help?

    This Launch Campaign will go live from Monday Feb. 8, 2016 (6:00AM EST) - Wednesday Mar. 9, 2016 (5:59AM EST). During this time, donations will be accepted at www.launch.umd.edu/Gymkana70.




    Donor Perk Levels


    1. Cartwheel Level $50
    • Website recognition

    2. Handspring Level $100
    • 70th Anniversary T-shirt
    • Website recognition

    3. Bronze Club $250
    • Name on donor recognition wall in gym
    • 70th Anniversary T-shirt
    • Website recognition

    4. Silver Club $500
    • VIP Home Show experience for up to 4 guests
      • VIP seating
      • Home Show t-shirt
      • Pre-Home Show dinner
    • Name on donor recognition wall in gym
    • 70th Anniversary T-shirt
    • Website recognition

    5. Gold Club $1000
    • 2 School of Public Health suite tickets for a Maryland Football home game with parking
    • VIP Home Show experience for up to 4 guests
      • VIP seating
      • Home Show t-shirt
      • Pre-Home Show dinner
    • Name on donor recognition wall in gym
    • 70th Anniversary T-shirt
    • Website recognition

    6. Director’s Circle $2500
    • A Gymkana Travel Show experience
    • 2 School of Public Health suite tickets for a Maryland Football home game with parking
    • VIP Home Show experience for up to 4 guests
      • VIP seating
      • Home Show t-shirt
      • Pre-Home Show dinner
    • Name on donor recognition wall in gym
    • 70th Anniversary T-shirt
    • Website recognition

    7. Legacy Benefactors $5000
    • Dinner with the Gymkana coaching staff
    • A Gymkana Travel Show experience
    • 2 SPH Football Suite tickets with parking
    • VIP Home Show experience for up to 4 guests
      • VIP seating
      • Home Show t-shirt
      • Pre-Home Show dinner
    • Name on donor recognition wall in gym
    • 70th Anniversary T-shirt
    • Website recognition