19th Annual Event set for Jan. 17-20 at Bayfront Convention Center
Erie, Pa: Erie Gymnastics Center and Team Lightning will host the 19th Annual Stars and Stripes Gymnastics Invitational at the Bayfront Convention Center, Jan. 17-20. The 2020 event is expected to be the largest event hosted by the Erie Gymnastics Center, with nearly 2,000 athletes competing.
The Stars and Stripes Invitational is recognized as the largest coed gymnastics invitational in Pennsylvania, and one of the largest in the eastern United States.
The 2019 event attracted more than 50 teams and 1,700 athletes from Pennsylvania, West Virginia, New York, Ohio, Florida and Ontario. The economic impact of the event is estimated to have exceeded $1.2 million. A team from Puerto Rico has registered to compete in the 2020 event.
The Main Event, featuring national, top-level male and female athletes, will begin Saturday, Jan. 18 at 5:30 p.m.
The Stars and Stripes Invitational was founded in the wake of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, and each year honors a local military, police or fire and rescue-related organization as a charity partner. Since the event’s inception, Erie Gymnastics has raised nearly $100,000 for related charities. In 2019, the event raised $9,000 for the Fairfield Hose Volunteer Fire Department.
The benefiting charity for the 2020 event is the Erie Police Action League (Erie PAL). Erie PAL works to unlock the power of the “cop-kid relationship,” with programming aimed at reducing crime in Erie’s neighborhoods, promoting positive character development and improving educational outcomes for area children.
Admission is free to all members of the military, police, fire and rescue workers. Admission for all others is $15 for adults, and $7 for children over the age of 3.
For more information, visit www.eriegymnastics.com.