Team Announcements

Excalibur Cup in Virginia Beach the weekend of February 13:

posted Feb 19, 2016, 6:39 AM by ATPA Membership   [ updated Feb 2, 2018, 7:36 AM ]


Congratulations to Mo!

posted Feb 17, 2016, 6:28 AM by ATPA Membership

Mohamed Eltaeb was the recipient of the Jerrell Steele Man of the Year Award presented on January 9th, 2016 at the Jerell Steele Invitational Meet in Richmond, Virginia.  He was nominated and selected by gymnastics coaches and judges from Region 7 Men's Gymnastics.  The award recognizes the spirit of Jerrell Steele, a gymnastics coach that tragically was killed in a motorcycle accident on June 17, 2001.  He was a wonderful Coach and was a ray of sunshine at the gym.  The athletes he coached and their parents will always remember his smiling face.  He adored the children and the children adored him.

It was a great honor for Mohamed Eltaeb to receive this award.  Mohamed demonstrates wonderful sportsmanship - cheering and supporting all athletes; is dedicated to serving his community; actively involved in his high school serving as Senior Class President and the band drum major; volunteer math and science tutor; and is a certified EMT.  Mohamed is Co-Captain of the Arlington Tigers Gymnastics Team and a class instructor for Arlington Gymnastics.  He is well respected by his gymnastics team members (Tigers and Aerials), gymnastics coaches and judges from throughout Region 7 Men's Gymnastics.

ATPA Board Openings and MOA

posted Sep 3, 2015, 10:03 AM by Fundraising ATPA

ATPA Board Elections

ATPA Board elections will be held in the annual membership meeting in October. After every election, the board together decides which officer will fill which role. Most of the positions (with a few notable exceptions) take a few hours a month and the terms are for two years. (See the descriptions of all of the positions from our bylaws at the end of this email.)


Your participation can have a real impact on your child’s gymnastics experience (and your pocketbook). We hope you will consider joining this terrific group of people and take the team through another outstanding year!


If you are interested in or would like to nominate someone for the ATPA board, please don’t hesitate to contact one of the officers below:

Rachel Cohen (ATPA President – term ends 10/2015),

Liz Valencia (ATPA Corporate Secretary – term ends 10/2015),

Barbara Souders (ATPA Treasurer – up for election 10/2015),

Dave Cathey (ATPA Membership Secretary – term ends next year),

Rachel Halpern (ATPA Competition Coordinator – term ends next year),

Susan Simolunas (ATPA Event Coordinator – term ends next year),

Geneva Moores (ATPA Fundraising – term ends 10/2015),


Memorandum of Agreement

The ATPA board has been actively working on finalizing the Memorandum of Agreement which details our working relationship with Arlington County. If you are interested in reviewing this document and/or contributing to the discussion, please let me ( know as soon as possible.


Annual Parent Meeting 10/5/2014

posted Oct 1, 2014, 1:32 PM by Carol Ezzelle

This is a reminder that the Tigers Annual Parent & ATPA Meeting is this Sunday, October 5th starting at 3:30pm at Walter Reed Center 2909 16th Street S, Arlington, VA 22203.

Topics will include the parent handbook, meet schedule and season information.


Heavy Seas Fundraiser Tuesday April 29, 2014

posted Apr 23, 2014, 3:10 PM by Carol Ezzelle

Hello, Tigers families!  This is just a reminder that our spring fundraiser is just around the corner at Heavy Seas Alehouse in Rosslyn.  We will receive 15% of all sales from 5 p.m.-9 p.m. on Tuesday, April 29. 

To make a reservation, follow this link ( and choose "Make a Reservation" in top center of the screen.  This will bring you to OpenTable (without the restaurant being charged a fee by OpenTable!).

If you have not yet been to the restaurant, I want to make sure that you know it is very family-friendly, with a nice children's menu that includes homemade pasta, etc.  For those who are not bringing children, Heavy Seas is an award-winning local brewery in Baltimore, and the restaurant does sell a wide selection of beers and beer cocktails, as well.

I know many of you have been heavily promoting this with your friends, neighbors, co-workers, and families, and that is REALLY what we need here!  The restaurant holds about 175 people, plus the bar, and another 30 on the patio (weather permitting). If we can fill the restaurant (and the bar) for all 4 hours, we can make a very tidy profit for ATPA that we can use to offset team expenses next year, so PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE come and join us and bring all the friends you can! :-)

I believe some of the reservation slots are already filled, so, if you have not yet made a reservation, you may want to do that.  If you do not make a reservation, please come anyway!!!!

Looking forward to seeing everyone on the 29th, and have a wonderful Spring Break!



The Future of Men's Gymnastics Programs - We Need Your Help!

posted Mar 21, 2014, 9:13 AM by Corwin de Boor

We need your help to save NCAA Men's Gymnastics. 


As many of you know, the university-level gymnastics programs are quickly disappearing as a result of reduced funding, Title 9 requirements, and realignment of funds toward higher revenue-generating sports, such as football.  For the Men's Gymnastics Programs, this is an especially difficult time as only a very small number of schools offer this program (fewer than 12), and at least one (Temple University) has announced that their men's program will be discontinued after this school year.


This past weekend, the Tigers had the opportunity to compete at Temple University as part of the Philadelphia Boys Invitational.  As part of that meet, the families were invited to attend an NCAA Men's Gymnastics competition on Saturday night.  This was truly a wonderful experience for the boys, many of whom have aspirations of competing at that level.  Unfortunately, this may not be an option if the schools continue to cut these programs at the current rate.


The Temple University Men's Gymnastics program has begun a campaign to raise awareness and, hopefully, persuade the Administration to continue this program next year, providing opportunities for our children, and others in this Region, to continue on with their own training, possibly even competing at the national and international levels.  As members of this community, we ask that you review the information on Temple University's program and their many successes over the past 88 years, as well as sign the petition on the Temple University Men's Gymnastics website ( and  Please consider purchasing the Temple University Men's Gymnastics calendar (or contribute in other ways) to help raise funds to save the program.


Thank you for taking the time to sign the petition and support the men's gymnastics programs!

Arlington Tigers Shine at Philadelphia Boys Invitational 2014

posted Mar 21, 2014, 9:12 AM by Corwin de Boor

The Arlington Tigers Boys Gymnastics Team competed in the Philadelphia Boys Invitational at Temple University over Presidents Day Weekend.  This meet included teams from as far south as Virginia and as far north as Connecticut representing all age groups and levels.  Approximately 400 gymnasts competed over three days.  The Tigers Team posted very high scores, across the board, with many individual medals.  Notable accomplishments for individual gymnasts during this meet included Trystin Davis (Level 4), who placed second, overall, and received a first-place medal for parallel bars, and second place on both rings and vault.  Iain Ramsey (Level 8) placed second on floor, which Corwin de Boor (Level 8) placed first on parallel bars.  Collin Carey (Level 9) placed first on vault. Justin Reimer (Level 5) placed third on pommel horse. Ian Carr (Level 5), Ethan Valencia (Level 6), Reid Cathey (Level 5), and Bryan Johnson (Level 5) also received individual medals.

Arlington Tigers Boys Gymnastics at Survivor Invitational

posted Jan 24, 2014, 9:17 AM by Carol Ezzelle

The Arlington Tigers Boys Gymnastics Team competed and performed very well at the highly competitive 2013 Men's Survivor Invitational on November 23 - 24, 2013.  The Tigers placed as a team and individually in several events.  The overall team results were as follows:

·         Level 9 – 3rd Place Team Award

·         Level 8 – 2nd Place Team Award

·         Level 6 – 6th Place Team Award

·         Level 5 – 4th Place Team Award

·         Level 4 – 6th Place Team Award

Individually, Tigers medaled in every event across most age groups and levels.  Notable accomplishments for individual gymnasts are as follows:

·         Level 9 (Age 13+) – Collin Carey placed fourth, overall, placing first in vault, second in rings, and third on floor.

·         Level 8 (Age 15+) – Arlington Tigers Corwin de Boor and Stephen Ray placed first and third, respectively.   Corwin placed first in floor, rings, and parallel bars, while Stephen placed first on pommel horse.

·         Level 8 (Age 11-13) – Iain Ramsey took first place on pommel horse and second on rings.

·         Level 6 (Age 12) – Scott Laane placed third, overall.

·         Level 6 (Age 11) – Dominick Cocozza placed third on floor.

·         Level 5 (Age 12+) – Reid Cathey placed sixth, overall, while Bryan Johnson placed second on vault

·         Level 5 (Age 10-11) – Arlington Tigers Jean LaSanta placed third, overall, including second place on vault and high bar, and third place on floor and rings.  Sean Purrington, who placed 4th, overall, also placed second on floor and third on parallel bars. Justin Reimer placed third on pommel horse, and placed fifth, overall, while Sam Kennedy, Zach Petrov, and Aidan Bailey placed sixth, seventh, and eighth, respectively,  overall, at this level.

·         Level 4 (Age 7) – Trystin Davis placed third, overall, with first-place finishes in vault and high bar, second in pommel horse, and third in floor. 

·         Level 4 Tigers Peter Renga, Ryan Phillips, Luke Simolunas, Kai Yaeger, Max Eichers also competed in this meet and performed well.

Arlington Tigers Scare Big at Pumpkin Meet

posted Jan 24, 2014, 9:16 AM by Carol Ezzelle

Arlington Tigers Scare Score Big at the Pumpkin Meet

The Arlington Tigers Boys Gymnastics Team scored big at the Pumpkin Meet winning the 1st place Level 4 Team Award, 1st place Level 5 Team Award and 1st place Level 6 Team Award.  The Pumpkin Meet was held on October 28th hosted by Preston Gymnastics.

The following Tiger gymnasts had a smashing success at the Pumpkin Meet as all-around winners:  Level 4:  1st place - Aiden Bailey (age 8-9) and Sean Purrington (age 10-11), 2nd place – Ian Carr (age 8-9) and Justin Riemer (age 10-11), and 3rd place – Russell Sparks (age 10-11); Level 5: 1st place – Jonah Margosis (age 10-11) and Jacob Kreider (age 12+), 2nd place – Ethan Valencia (age 10-11) and Thomas Hassett (age 12+) and 3rd place – Jean Lasanta (age 7-9); Level 6: 1st place – Corwin de Boor (age 12+) , 2nd place – Iain Ramsey (age 10-11) and Cole Amogst (age 12+) and 3rd place – Scott Laane (age 10-11); Level 7:  Stephen Ray (age 12+) and Level 8:  1st place – Collin Carey (age 14-15).   The Tigers, in their orange and black uniforms, squashed the competition at this year’s Pumpkin Meet for boys gymnastics thanks to the support of Coach Sonja Hird Clark, Chris Yurek and Jessie Clay.

Arlington Tiger Meet Raffle Winners

posted Jan 24, 2014, 9:14 AM by Carol Ezzelle

Arlington Tigers Gymnastics held a successful Recreation Meet on 9/15/2013

Prize 1  Pamper Yourself  total value more than $750 – Won by R. Sparks

Prize 2  Night on the Town  total value more than $500. – Won by A. Anderson

Prize 3  Find your Inner Peace total value more than $500 – Won by M. Ryan

Prize 4  Old Style Entertainment total value more than $325 – Won by J. Peña


Prize 1  Kid's Party total value more than $200 – Won by the Nichols

Prize 2  Kid's Climbing Night Out total value more than $75 – Won by R. Phillips

Prize 3  Kid's Baseball Night Out total value more than $60 – Won by C. Yurek

Prize 4  Kid’s Tubing Trip total value more than $60 – Won by the Damonds

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