Best of 2012: Best gymnastics program

2012-05-20T00:00:00Z Best of 2012: Best gymnastics program nwitimes.com
May 20, 2012 12:00 am

Patti's All American

Much can be said of the benefits of participation in a team support. Yet, there is nothing quite like the feeling of knowing you achieved something all...by...yourself.

"Gymnastics in particular show children just what they can accomplish all by themselves," explains Patti's All American President Patti Komara. "There is nothing like the victory that a child feels when they can finally do their back hand spring for example without their teacher's help. It's an undeniable feeling of pure accomplishment."

For over 43 years, Patti's All American has strived to not only teach lessons in a fun and safe environment, but also help to raise the child's self esteem through everything from gymnastics to tumbling to swimming. Through the years, the facility has grown to encompass six different schools, including the Tumblebear Gym, School-Age Champion Gymnastics, The Dance Connection, The Swim Connection, Gym-N-Learn Educational Preschool and Karate.

"We send out evaluations three times a year, and everyone is always telling us that they wish we could grow even more," chuckles Komara. "So while we might not be able to grow in square footage, we constantly challenge ourselves to continue to grow in both our teaching levels and our professionalism. No matter if it's the person working at the front desk or the teacher instructing down on the floor, it's always been about exceeding what we did before."

From the in-ground, heated pool to their Olympic style spring floor, Patti's All-American is known for having the latest and greatest equipment around. Pairing this with a staff of talented and experienced teachers has made the facility one of the best known and most loved facilities in Northwest Indiana.

"I specifically hire teachers who are going to go out of their way to make the children feel love and accepted, no matter what," says Komara, whose facility also offers gymnastics birthday parties on Saturday and Sundays after classes. "They work with each and every child to make sure they feel fit and strong within a fun and safe environment."

With a variety of offerings for the child just beginning to walk through the eighteen year old ready to tackle the world, Komara says witnessing the success of Patti's All American has been something not only gratifying, but also extremely rewarding.

"I just recently had a staff meeting, and I can't tell you what it felt to look at the people gathered there and know that they have been alongside me in this venture for so long," recalls Komara. "I am proud of not only what we have been able to achieve, but the achievements of each and every one of our students."

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