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February 9, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 9, 2011

My 4 year old daughter, Ruby, has Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). She is extremely active and because of ASD, has difficulty listening and focusing.

OGA offers an Allstars Program specifically designed for children with special needs. Jessie is Ruby's coach and demonstrates patience with
a positive, entergetic attidude while working on the skills Ruby needs to strengthen her listening and social skills. Ruby loves her and because of that, we love Jessie and OGA!

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February 9, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 9, 2011

I started gymnastics at OGA when I was 9 years old and competed there until I was 17. My coaches were amazing both as coaches and as teachers of life lessons. It sounds cliche but I would not be the person I am today without learning from my coaches how to persevere through the hardships and tough times in life. OGA was an amazing "adoptive family" for me as a child and teen and I'm thankful for being a part of the family for so many years.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

As I said previously, OGA taught me gymnastics as well as various important life lessons.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

do nothing. Everything seemed to run smoothly and when there were issues they were fixed quickly and efficiently.

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

February 8, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 8, 2011

My children have been members of OGA for a couple of years now and love every minute of it. OGA has helped them with their physical health, as well as given them the opportunity to meet great friends who share the same interests. The coaches at OGA are as unique as they are caring. Mu kids always have a great time, while staying healthy and learning about what they love. We can honestly say that as long as we live in the area, we will be long-time members.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Watching my children grow at doing what they love, while being coached by people that they've come to love.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Smaller classes with more class time options.

February 8, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 8, 2011

My daughters were on OGA team for a couple of years, after being on another local team for many years. What a positive difference OGA was! The coaches at OGA (Nancy, Kristin, Heather and John, to name a few) really care about what's best for every single child. The emphasis on sportsmanship and true teamwork was a refreshing change from the place my kids came from, and we wish we'd been at OGA all along. Now my nephew is competing for OGA and we are thrilled to cheer on the gym that will always have a special place in our hearts. I highly recommend OGA for kids of all ages and abilities.

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My kids truly felt like part of a team. The coaches were committed to building a team atmosphere and used positive coaching techniques at all times.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

We haven't been members for a few years, so I can't speak to this question at this time.

February 8, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 8, 2011

My 5 yr old daughter started her tumbling classes recently with Katie. She gives very close attention and helps my daughter to play and learn to suit her style. My kid loves to play with her in that environment.



We are already planning to add another session to her weekly
schedule, as we love the experience. There is also the flexibility to attend on different days due to sickness which is very helpful.



We have very thoughtful people at OGA who even provided us the option to get benefits when we originally (was a misunderstanding)thought the fees was higher (we misunderstood the fees).



There is plenty of space to watch the activities and lots and lots of equipments for the kid to play around. We always get good alternate options when we want to come on an alternate day. Katie is thoughtful on what kind of time/day will be better suited for our kid, and not just any other available time/day, which means a lot.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Helping my kid in learning many new skills and improve on other skills.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Continue with the same.

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

How did you find this group?

From a specialist at the Artz.

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

Any improvements and additional skills that my kid has been getting is the change and encouragement that I needed and I hope I continue to get the same.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

February 8, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 8, 2011

My three year old just started taking classes at OGA in December after getting hooked during a friend's birthday party. His teacher has the incredible patience, understanding, and creativity to work with a group of 3 and 4 year-olds, including children with special needs. I am impressed by OGA's committment to the community in donating to local events/causes, explicitly including all children in their classes, and encouraging character development by showcasing the community sevice endeavors of their students.

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My child loves coming to gymnastics class and even practices what he has learned at home.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

no changes

February 8, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 8, 2011

My son, 12 yrs.old , has been competing with the Boys' Team at Oregon Gymnastics Academy since 2006, and my daughter, 10 yrs. old, competed with the OGA Rhythmic Gymnastics Team from 2007-2010. Both of my children began taking recreational classes at OGA at a very young age, and their experience piqued their interest and helped to instill enough confidence in them, that they decided to pursue competitive gymnastics. The gym has definitely experienced "growing pains" over the course of our tenure as member clients, as the gym went through an extensive expansion, has had several changes of management, and the competitive teams we have been involved with have increased in size dramatically, but the organization's priorities have always been to offer children a safe environment in which to explore their abilities, and to test and hone their strengths and character. This facility has, in many ways, become our second home. On an even more personal note, our son was diagnosed with a form of high-functioning autism during his first year on the Boys' Competitive Team when he was 7 years old. Many of the coaches at OGA have since been very encouraging and willing to learn more about how they can best communicate with our son and help him achieve his potential. Most importantly, they have never treated him as "disabled," but rather they have facilitated his ability to rise to the occasion of every challenge he faces. Gymnastics has made an enormous impact on the lives of our family members, and OGA has helped to pave a path toward many future successes for both of our children.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the ways my kids' lives have been positively shaped and enriched through their participation in gymnastics at Oregon Gymnastics Academy.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

suggest they establish a fund to be devoted toward the coaches being able to have access to regular (at least annual) training by leading authorities in Child and Sports Psychology. I believe this would be a productive way for the organization to uphold its mission of positively impacting and enriching the lives of youths through the sport of gymnastics.

February 8, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 8, 2011

Excellent gymnastics facility! I really like how they focus not only on the physical health but also have programs like the Character Counts to help encourage the kids to give back to their community. Wonderful coaches at all levels!

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years of participation by two daughters

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

just parking!

February 7, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 7, 2011

Great gymnastics program. They have a large facility with knowledgeable coaches who really seem to care about their students. Seems to be very well organized.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

as a parent

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Get more parking.

February 7, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 7, 2011

OGA provides a very safe, fun environment for learning gymnastics. My kids (5 and 8) have been taking classes there for about 18 months now and really love it!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My kids attend classes here

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Encourage more building of community around the kids taking classes as well as the gymnastics teams

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