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Athenaeum to House Indiana’s First Gymnastics Hall of Fame
INDIANAPOLIS — The Athenaeum Foundation, Inc. is proud to announce the creation of the Indiana Gymnastics Hall of Fame, to be permanently housed at the historic Athenaeum in downtown Indianapolis.
Indiana USA Gymnastics is a sub-committee of the USA Gymnastics Women’s Program and is responsible for the overall organization of all designated qualifying events and programs for women’s gymnastics within the state of Indiana. Indiana USA Gymnastics is excited to be part of the Indiana Hall of Fame and host the inaugural presentation in conjunction with our annual awards banquet where the top Indiana gymnasts and graduating seniors will also be recognized. By bringing the two events together we are able to celebrate past, present and future gymnasts, coaches and judges who have contributed to gymnastics in Indiana. We are looking forward to a great evening celebrating Indiana Gymnastics.
Given the rich German-American heritage of the Athenaeum and the role the facility has played in Indiana for National and International gymnastics accomplishments, this building was the most appropriate location to house the Hall of Fame.
“We are honored to recognize the important role the Athenaeum and Turners have had in advancing gymnastics in Indiana, for that, we are pleased to house this legacy,” said Cassie Stockamp, president of the Athenaeum Foundation, Inc.
This award is for recipients whose excellence of performance, coaching, judging or contributions have distinguished themselves at the highest level of National and International gymnastics. The award will be presented annually to worthy nominees in an awards ceremony held at the Athenaeum.
The six inductees include: Walter Lienert, Muriel Grossfeld, Sandra Ruddick John, Terry Spencer Corcoran, Jaycie Phelps, and Byron and Teresa Holden have been chosen for the inaugural awards ceremony to be held on Saturday, July 14, 2012. The reception will start at 6:30pm and dinner will be served at 7:30pm, followed with presentations starting at 8pm. The cost of entry for those who are not guests of the inductees will be $25.00 at the door. The event will be held in the Ballroom of the Athenaeum.
To submit nominations for future inductions to the Indiana Gymnastics Hall of Fame http://www.indianausag.com/hall-of-fame/ or for more information about The Athenaeum Foundation, Inc., please visit www.athenaeumfoundation.org or contact Cassie Stockamp at 317.655.2755.
The Athenaeum, formerly known as the Das Deutsche Haus, preserves and enhances its historic German-American landmark to advance the Sound Mind in a Sound Body values of its founders through programming that lifts spirits and engages diverse communities. Built in 1894, it serves as a community center for many cultural, business and nonprofit groups including the YMCA, Young Actors Theatre and the Rathskellar Restaurant. The Athenaeum is listed three times in the National Registry of Historic Places for architecture and historical significance, as part of the Massachusetts Avenue Commercial District and as being within the Lockerbie Square historic district. In 2010, the Biergarten was voted number one music venue in the city of Indianapolis by NUVO Magazine. Metromix voted the Rathskellar as the number one bar in the city in 2010.
The Athenaeum Foundation Inc. was established in 1991 and is a 501(c) 3 organization.