On Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 30-31, OSEGA Gymnastics in Swannanoa will host the fifth annual Miles Avery Autism Awareness Classic. The gymnastics competition is expected to bring more than 250 male gymnasts from around the country to compete in a state-qualifying USA Gymnastic-sanctioned event.
Owner Miles Avery chose autism awareness as a theme for the competition. Avery has worked with autistic children in his gymnastics studio since it opened in 2010. Every Saturday, OSEGA Gymnastics opens its doors to children with autism and other special needs to train without cost. That’s why Avery thought it was important to draw awareness to autism through the competition.
Avery is a four-time coach for the U.S. Olympic gymnastics team. As head coach at Ohio State University, he won five Big Ten championships and one NCAA title. He was the oldest person to make a city final for “The American Ninja Warrior Television Show” last fall.