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2    WHEREAS, The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) has
3officially supported boys and girls gymnastics for 70 and 50
4years respectively; and
5    WHEREAS, Illinois gymnastics programs and gymnasts have
6enjoyed working cooperatively with the IHSA in order to
7provide a meaningful and healthy alternative to more
8traditional sports, following IHSA's core principle that each
9and every student is important; and
10    WHEREAS, Local school districts, parents, teachers,
11coaches, and athletes are supportive of gymnastics in Illinois
12and have not initiated any effort with the IHSA to remove it as
13an official sport in Illinois; and
14    WHEREAS, Gymnastics is a foundational sport, providing an
15opportunity for its athletes to gain coordination,
16self-control, strength training, perseverance, self-esteem,
17and confidence; the sport additionally teaches goal setting
18and performing both as an individual and as a team; and
19    WHEREAS, Like any other high school sport, gymnastics
20permits athletes the chance to compete while representing
21their schools, giving them a sense of pride and purpose



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1outside of academics; and
2    WHEREAS, Competing in gymnastics during high school
3additionally allows athletes further time to develop as
4gymnasts, which leads to higher rates of success should they
5pursue gymnastics in college or beyond, and is considered
6vital in order to join and compete for Team USA Gymnastics; and
7    WHEREAS, While female gymnasts often reach the pinnacle of
8their abilities in gymnastics while still in school,
9successful male gymnasts require extreme upper body strength
10that does not develop until they are older, thereby making it
11especially important that they have the continued option to
12pursue gymnastics as a high school sport; and
13    WHEREAS, Illinois high school gymnastics programs have
14yielded Olympic Gold Medal winners, NCAA National
15Championships, and a diversity of citizens who continue to
16contribute to the well-being of our State; and
17    WHEREAS, Official support of gymnastics by the IHSA does
18not prevent a school from discontinuing or adding the sport to
19its student athlete programs, but eliminating it as an
20official IHSA sport would have a negative impact on students
21and coaches; therefore, be it



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2ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, that we congratulate the
3Illinois High School Association and Illinois student
4gymnasts, coaches, and parents on the achievements of boys and
5girls gymnastics for the past 70 and 50 years respectively;
6and be it further
7    RESOLVED, That we congratulate the IHSA for its continued
8official support of boys and girls gymnastics in the State of
9Illinois; and be it further
10    RESOLVED, That a suitable copy of this resolution be
11presented to the IHSA as a symbol of our respect and esteem.