“Gymnastics, especially in my family, is more than a sport. It’s our life, it’s our careers, it’s our family business.”
Who better to quote than the All-Around Gold Medalist at the 2008 Beijing Olympic games, one of 2009’s Most Influential People, and of course one of the semi-finalist for Dancing with the Stars (yes, that one’s for Miss Jaime and Teacher Taylor)?
Joking aside, this quote couldn’t be closer to the truth for the Harden family! We had a passion for watching our two children, Alex & Taylor, participate in gymnastics for 16 years; 11 of those years were competitive.
Impact Sports Center came into our lives after our kids’ gym, Gymweavers Gymnastics, was going to go out of business. This was in January 2008 when the economy was in total meltdown. These were very difficult times for the little gym that we went to, but it had been part of our lives since Taylor was 4 years old. Jaime and I made a decision to take it over and see if we could make a go of it. Keep in mind, I could not do a cartwheel if my life depended on it. Nope! What were we thinking? LOL!
So, in April of 2008, Impact Sports Center became a real business and we have not looked back. We moved into our current location on my birthday, October 3rd, 2011 with only 270 kids. I guess I can technically claim that I was the very first birthday party at the gym.
I worked 7 days a week for over 2 years and Miss Jaime worked the Front Desk from 9AM in the morning to 8PM at night every day to build what we have today. Now, 27 employees later, we have the best staff on the planet and we teach over 800 kids gymnastics each and every week!
Evolving from a gym that we “saved” to a gym that is now a household name in the Lodi and surrounding areas, has been years in the making. Participating in the Lodi Street Faire earlier this month, brought back memories of how we built this gym one student sign-up and booking one birthday party at a time (I have worked over 2,400 birthday parties here at the gym, but who’s counting). We are continually striving to provide not only a top-notch facility, but more importantly, the family atmosphere that we have become known for.
Miss Jaime and I have been blessed to watch your “kiddos” grow over the years and have even welcomed a few to join our staff. In continuing with our goal, “to build self-esteem, strength and BIG dreams in a fun, safe and clean environment where our families always come first”– we now want to bring you the go-to site for all things that pertain to our gym, the Lodi area, our families interests and of course Gymnastics! And thus, our “Impact” blog is born!
Thank you to our families who continue to entrust their children’s well-being to us, the new families we hope to welcome in the future, and the Lodi Community for allowing us to be a part of your lives!
If you have a special memory or story you’d like to share about Impact or have any suggestions for future blog posts, please feel free to post below or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.