NOLA SPARKLE is an eight-week mentorship program at NOLA Gymnastics that helps young gymnasts explore how they can SPARKLE not only as athletes, but as people.
In weekly sessions incorporated within their training, we will use games and storytelling to introduce our athletes to 7 core concepts. Coach Ivan and Lillian will lead questions and answers, and discussions encouraging conversations with the students. These concepts are important in gymnastic training. The athletes will learn how these ideas also can empower their life outside of the gym.
The NOLA SPARKLE program will culminate in a very sparkly gymnastics meet and ceremony. Our goal is that the girls will leave feeling empowered and know that they each SPARKLE in their own special way.
The course will be incorporated into training time at NOLA Gymnastics, so there is no added cost to usual lessons.
The SPARKLE Schedule
Classes will be held weekly on Tuesdays from 5-6 PM at NOLA Gymnastics
September 21: S for Strength
September 28: P for Practice
October 5: A for Attitude
October 19: R for Respect
October 26: K for Kindness
November 2: L for Leadership
November 9: E for Emotion
November 16: SPARKLE Closing Ceremony and Celebration
The SPARKLE Curriculum
Healthy choices make your body and mind strong.
We encourage young gymnasts to build strong minds and strong bodies. One struggles to survive without the other. Mental toughness allows us to stay focused on our intentions instead of negative thoughts and fears. This is what helps us understand that struggle is important and will not limit your success. Energy, flexibility, endurance, power, speed, agility, balance and stability are all a part of a strong body. Working on these qualities along with proper nutrition increases our physical preparation for gymnastics. We encourage a healthy relationship with food and our bodies.
A HEALTHY OUTSIDE STARTS FROM THE INSIDE
It takes discipline to reach a goal.
Practice like you compete. Commit to practice and never give up trying. Don’t compare yourself to other gymnasts. Everyone is on a different journey.
GREATNESS ISN’T BORN, IT’S MADE
It is important to maintain a positive and grateful attitude.
Make a conscious habit to express and communicate thankfulness and appreciation. Surround yourself with positive people. This will increase your joy.
TRAIN YOUR MIND TO SEE THE GOOD IN EVERY SITUATION
Learn to be a cooperative and supportive team member and friend, as well as a good listener to fellow teammates, coaches, judges and parents.
TEAMWORK MAKES THE DREAM WORK
It is important to be kind to yourself and others.
Smile and be compassionate. Stop and help someone. Pay it forward and do random acts of kindness.
ONE KIND WORD CAN CHANGE SOMEONE’S ENTIRE DAY
You need to have courage and leadership in the face of challenges.
Leadership is about having vision, responsibility and commitment to motivate and inspire others towards success. Leaders must be fearless to stand up for yourself and others.
ONCE YOU BECOME FEARLESS, LIFE BECOMES LIMITLESS
We will talk about untangling your emotions, finding balance, and promoting mindfulness.
Be present and aware of where and what we are doing rather than reactive or overwhelmed. Respond not react. Keep your composure and emotions in check.
DEEP BREATHS, LESS STRESS
Join Us! We Don’t Sweat, We Sparkle!
Founded in 2020, NOLA SPARKLE, is a mentorship program for young gymnasts in New Orleans, LA.
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Do you have questions about NOLA SPARKLE, our curriculum, or how you can sign up?
1725 Dufossat St
New Orleans, LA 70115