We began our journey over 50 years ago in the Washington, DC in 1964. We are a third-generation business that was founded by Carolyn and Jerry Shrewsbury. The center began as just a small tumbling program and grew into a 15,000 Square foot gymnastics center with gymnastics, tumbling and dance. About 20 years later we moved south into a larger facility in Upper Marlboro, MD where one of our facilities still remains today.
Carolyn and Jerry Shrewsbury trained many national level gymnasts and sent many students to school on gymnastics scholarships over the years. Carolyn and Jerry retired from the sport in 1990 and took jobs in counseling and administration within the school system. Their son Brian Shrewsbury began running the gym in Upper Marlboro during that time and re- incorporated the business as Maryland State Gymnastics Center Inc.
In 1999 Brian Married Barb Taylor and became an instant dad to her 4 minor children. Later the couple adopted three more children to have a brood of 7 children. In the years that followed Barb and Brian raised their seven children, homeschooling them and training them in gymnastics. The family traveled extensively and the children competed all over the country. They became accomplished gymnasts over the years wining awards as they grew up, one even competing nationally and qualifying to the USA Championships competition in Colorado Springs.
Later when the children grew up they began working at the center and going to college gradually transitioning from competing to coaching and managing the business operations day to day. Today 5 of the children are grown and two of the younger children continue to compete and work at the center. Kellen Tichenor and Abby Makle have become partners at MGA Florida. Our center has continued to grow and thrive the past 5 years here in Florida and in DC.
In 2010 Brian and Barbs family along with their new partners, Kellen and Abby (son and daughter) began modernizing their business and bringing technology and new ideas to proved better customer service and a better leaning environment for kids and families. In 2011 the family decided to follow their dream of and expanded their business into the central Florida area while continuing to serve the community in the DC Metro Area. Our family began making frequent trips to Orlando in search of the perfect community to open our new business. We needed a supportive growing community with families that wanted gymnastics, cheerleading and tumbling programs.
We all did a lot of driving over the next six months, researching and talking to a variety of people from numerous communities. During the summer of 2012 we met Mike Cooper and his family at the Cooper Commerce business park in Apopka and we decided to settle in Apopka, Florida. With the help of many friends, parents and faith we launched our perfect little gym on a small site in the Cooper Industrial Complex. Our little gym opened in the fall of 2012 as only a 6,000 square foot facility dedicated to lower level gymnastics and recreational classes for boys and girls.
Today, our facility in Florida has grown to a beautiful 20,000 square foot Olympic level facility dedicated to competitive gymnastics, cheerleading, tumbling and Ninja. We have in ground pit systems, tumbling tracks and a variety of equipment for advanced level training. Our other facility is 6,000 square foot smaller gym dedicated to our recreational classes, preschool gymnastics and Ninja (parkour) classes.
The next 20 years look to be quite busy and exciting, and we hope that you join us on our journey!
We proudly serve all of central Florida, including DeBary, Sanford, Altamonte Springs, Deltona, Lake Mary, Winter Springs, Ocoee, Orange City, Orange County, Volusia County, Seminole County, and Lake County.