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RFGC secures naming rights

The River Falls Gymnastics Club's new home just got a name.

River Falls State Bank is partnering with the RFGC to name the new facility the River Falls State Bank Center, club vice president Julie Bruns announced last week.

"Everyone at the River Falls Gymnastics Club is very excited to have River Falls State Bank as our building sponsor," Bruns said. "We are humbled to have their support for our club. Empowering our young people to be strong, healthy, self confident community leaders is our mission and the River Falls State Bank Center puts us one step closer to accomplishing our goals by providing a safe, state of the art gymnastics facility."

The River Falls State Bank Center will be built on a parcel of land adjacent to the east parking lot at River Falls High School that the club purchased in 2007. The club has set a July 10 groundbreaking for its $1.3 million dollar facility with a projected January 2019 opening.

River Falls State Bank president Todd Schultz said the decision to partner with RFGC was an easy one.

"The big part for us is the amount of kids that are in gymnastics and the level of success they've had, both at the youth level and high school," he said. "We've got a handful of employees with kids in the program and it's certainly exciting for everyone here. The other thing that impressed us was the planning the organization has put in. They've been working on this awhile and it's pretty impressive what they've put together."

The new facility will include in-ground pits, in-ground trampolines, decicated preschool space and several sets of competitive equipment. It will be home to the club's pre-school program, recreational, adaptive and competitive gymnastics, camps, clinics, open gyms and dance classes, as well as the River Falls High School team for practice during its WIAA season.

Bruns said the club is striving to reach a final goal of $150,000 through a capital campaign. People can help in a number of ways ranging from sponsoring picnic tables, benches or the multi-purpose room, to corporate and individual pledges. A donation of $100 or more will get your name on a donor wall inside the facility.

For more information about the RFGC and to make a donation go to www.riverfallsgymnastics.com.

Bob Burrows

Bob Burrows has been sports editor at the River Falls Journal since 1996 and at the Hudson Star-Observer since 2009. Prior to joining the Journal, Burrows served as sports editor with Ledger Publications in Balsam Lake, Wis. A native of Bayonne, N.J. and a U.S. Navy veteran, Burrows attended Marquette University before completing his studies at UW-River Falls in 1992.

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