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Kendrick Gymnasts Qualify for Regional Championships

Kendrick Kippettes gymnasts, Zoe Singer, Level 9, and Hazel Miller, Level 8, are saying goodbye to Kendrick Recreation Center this year after qualifying for, and competing at their respective USAG Regional Championship competitions.

Having started their gymnastics careers at Kendrick Recreation Center in 2005, Singer in a Beginner Gymnastics Class with coaches Saranne Miller and Janette Mancini, and Miller in a Tot-Rec Class with coach Christine Nast, both girls have devoted twelve consecutive years to the sport of gymnastics, but also to the close-knit “Kendrick Family” that they have forged for more than a decade.

Singer, a senior at Arch Bishop Carroll High School, is marked as the first USAG Level 9 gymnast out of Kendrick Recreation Center to have qualified for a Regional competition.  Singer, who achieved personal season-high scores at the Level 9 Pennsylvania State Championship meet, was also recognized as a 2017 Pennsylvania State Championship medalist on floor exercise, and was honored as a graduating senior in the sport of gymnastics.

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Zoe Singer earned a medal on floor exercise at the 2017 Level 9 State Championships and is recognized as the first Level 9 gymnast out of Kendrick Recreation Center to qualify for Level 9 Regional Championships.

“Zoe is the exact definition of a champion,” head coach and program owner, Janette Mancini, explains. “She believes that anything is possible if you want it bad enough, and if you’re willing to work hard for it.”

Mancini believes that Singer’s success in the sport of gymnastics will follow her out of the gym and into the gymnast’s “life after gymnastics.”

“Zoe has always stayed true to herself and to her dreams,” Mancini adds.  “She will mirror this level of excellence in all of her future endeavors.”

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Hazel Miller earned a spot on the PA Team for the 2017 Level 8 Regional Championships.

Miller, an eighth-grader at Julia R. Masterman School, qualified for the 2017 Region 7 Championships at her Level 8 State meet where she was honored among the top-reigning gymnasts across the state.  Miller is acknowledged as the second USAG Level 8 gymnast out of Kendrick Recreation Center to qualify for a post-season Regional Championship competition, with Danielle Skrocki having been the first in 2015.

“Hazel has always worked toward her goals as an athlete,” Mancini commented.  “I know she will take that with her wherever she goes.”

Singer, who will be graduating from high school this spring and saying goodbye to life as a competitive USAG gymnast, says she can’t think of a better way to leave the Kendrick program than by paving the way as the first Level 9 Regional Qualifier.

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Coach Kathy and gymnast, Hazel Miller, celebrate after qualifying for Level 8 Regional Championships.

At Miller’s Level 8 State meet in March she had started out strong start on uneven bars, but took a fall on beam, reducing her shot at Regional qualification out of the gate.  When she moved onto floor, she suffered further deductions on her dance and acro, limiting her chances even further.  As Miller moved onto vault, she calculated the numbers.

“I need 8.05 on vault to qualify,” she had said to head coach, Kathleen Ciesielka.

But Miller’s first run at a Tsukahara vault resulted in a landing that earned her a score of zero.

“That’s a zero,” the judge called out.

“She needed an 8.05 to qualify for Regionals,” head coach, Saranne Miller, recalls.  “And she only had one shot to do it.”

On Miller’s second vault, the scoreboard flashed 8.125.  Hazel Miller had qualified for Level 8 Regional Championships.

“Hazel has spent this season competing with poise, determination, and balance,” Ciesielka explains.  “These are the lessons that remain with the girls in all aspects of their lives.”

Singer’s qualifying State meet was as much of a nail-biter for the Kendrick coaches.  She had started out on vault and after a score adjustment inquiry petitioned by Ciesielka during the meet, Singer qualified for Regionals on vault. But she still needed a 9.0 to qualify on floor.

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Zoe Singer takes the “graduating senior walk” at her 2017 Level 9 State Meet.

 

Following Singer’s performance, the scoreboard flashed a 9.10.  Zoe Singer was the first Level 9 Regional Qualifier that had come out of Kendrick Recreation Center.

“Zoe is one of the most remarkable athletes I have had the opportunity to coach,” explains Ciesielka. “Her determination and endless love for the sport speaks volumes.  She will carry these traits with her to college and into the rest of her life.”

Barbara Singer, Zoe’s mother, knows first-hand the challenges unique to raising a gymnast.  She recalls many nights over the past decade in which her daughter came home from practice frustrated or angry that she hadn’t achieved a goal.

“I would always encourage Zoe to try and see the positive side of things,” Mrs. Singer recalls.  “I wouldn’t talk to her specifically about what had happened at practice, but I would remind her that she is an awesome person, even when she is frustrated.”

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Left to right, Saranne Miller, Zoe Singer, Janette Mancini, and Kathleen Ciesielka celebrate Kendrick’s first Level 9 Regional Championship Qualifier.

Following high school graduation, Singer will be starting her freshman year at West Chester University in the fall and hopes major in psychology.

“I’m going to miss seeing my teammates and coaches everyday,” Singer says in reflection of her final weeks with the Kippettes. “Going to Kendrick everyday has been a part of my daily routine for a majority of my life.  I will miss the comfort of having a place to call my second home.”

Miller, who is also leaving the Kendrick Kippettes gymnastics team due to her family relocating to Central Pennsylvania, will miss the relationships she has cultivated.

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Kendrick gymnasts, (l-r) Juliana Rossi, Leah Pedraza, and Renee Caporellie supported Hazel Miller (far right) at the Level 8 Regional Championships.

“I will miss the memories we have made over the years,” Miller says in regard to leaving Kendrick.  “When we all sit around in the gym together, there are so many stories that come up and we laugh so hard remembering all the times we have shared as a team and as a gym family.  We’ve celebrated victory and we’ve helped each other through losses.  We’ve been there for each other our whole lives.  That is going to be hard to leave behind.”

As Miller prepares to say goodbye to a lifetime of adventures, her message to up-and-coming gymnasts is to always respect coaches and fellow gymnasts, but to also have respect for yourself.  She adds that a gymnast should never stop pushing herself to succeed, even when the task seems impossible.

As for Singer, her advice to gymnasts is to never give up on a dream.  She says even on the bad days, or when everything seems hopeless, be patient with yourself because progress takes time.

In addition to Singer and Miller departing from the Kippettes, Coach Miller, will also be leaving Kendrick this year as well.

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Circa 2008: Hazel Miller (bottom far right) and Zoe Singer (top far right) got their start at Kendrick with former teammates, all of whom are Kippettes record-holders (l-r), Zoey Miller, Claire Miller, Danielle Skrocki, and Alexandra Stoffere.

“Having Zoe and Hazel qualify for Regional Championships in my final year at Kendrick is the greatest parting gift that a coach could ask for,” Coach Saranne Miller says.  “When I leave Kendrick, I will take the memory of every child who has entered my life through this rec center, and I will stand proud to say that my final gymnastics competitions with the Kippettes took place on the floor of Level 8 and Level 9 USAG Regional Championships.  It’s an honor that words cannot express.”

As Regional Qualifiers, Singer and Miller compete among top-ranked athletes across Region 7, comprised of Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Virginia, and West Virginia.

On March 31st, Miller attended her 2017 Region 7 Level 8 Championship in Monaca, PA, north of Pittsburgh. Joined and supported by teammates, Leah Pedraza, Renee Caporellie, and Juliana Rossi, Miller hit solid routines and achieved personal Level 8 high scores on balance beam and floor exercise, with a balance beam score that ranked her 19 among 50 competitors across the six-state region.

“Hazel’s performance at Regionals was incredible,” Mancini shares. “She is an extraordinary individual.”

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Hazel Miller is the second gymnast in the history of Kendrick Gymnastics to have qualified for Level 8 Regional Championships.

Singer’s Level 9 Regional Championship meet will take place on April 8th near Washington, D.C. where she will once again be acknowledged and honored at the graduating senior ceremony.

“I’m excited and proud to be representing my team in a positive way,” Singer added in reflection of her final competition as a Kendrick Kippettes gymnast.

Singer’s parents were thrilled when she had qualified for Level 9 State Championships, and elated when Singer’s scores at States qualified her for Regionals.

“Seeing Zoe end her career at the Regional level is probably the most rewarding aspect of the past twelve years,” Mrs. Singer says. “Financially supporting a competitive gymnast is daunting.  At times, the cost was overwhelming.  Having the opportunity to watch my daughter compete at her final meet as one of the most talented athletes in her region makes it worth every cent.”

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Proud parents, Steven (left) and Barbara (right) Singer, congratulate daughter, Zoe, on her recognition as a USAG graduating senior athlete.

 

 

 

 

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Kippettes Kick-Off Season with Record-High Enrollment Across Optional-Level Gymnastics

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The Kippettes enjoy an evening of ice cream treats and team-building activities at Kendrick Recreation Center.

On September 9, 2016, the Kippettes opened the door to their twelfth competitive season with the highest enrollment metrics in the history of the program housed at Kendrick Recreation Center located in the Roxborough section of Philadelphia.  After a seven-week adventure with the Kendrick Gymnastics Summer Experience, a gymnastics day camp held at Kendrick Rec and encompassing seven weeks of training, five days a week, the athletes were eager to get the season underway in September.

Team Coordinator, Saranne Miller, recruited and enrolled 27 athletes on the Kippettes USAG-sanctioned travel team roster with high hopes of hitting scores to earn the Kippettes 26th team trophy this year.

“We are a small team in comparison to our competitors,” Miller said. “It’s tough for these kids to gain footing in the region.  This isn’t like cheerleading or dance where coaches can register kids as recreational athletes.  USAG is the Nation’s Junior Olympic arena where recognition for kids who train in a rec center can be nil.  But these Kendrick kids have big hearts and big dreams.  We remind them everyday that anything is possible. Our track record has proven this.”

Indeed, the Kendrick Kippettes travel team boasts 27 State Championship titles, 25 team titles, and the first USAG Level 8 Regional Championship title medalist in the history of the Philadelphia Department of Parks and Recreation.

Having enrolled more than 300 beginner and city tumbling gymnasts in addition to the USAG team enrollment at Kendrick this August, Program Director and Head Coach for the Kippettes, Janette Mancini, is eager to take the USAG team on the road this year.

“We’ve made some big changes to our team this year,” Mancini explained.  “I’m excited to see how the girls measure up against these bigger clubs in the region. We have girls at new levels and we have restructioned our approach to coaching the team.”

Miller and Mancini grew the Kippettes USAG team from scratch starting out in 2005 with taking just three kids to their first competition in Lebanon, PA.  Five years later, in 2010, the Kippettes travel team was busting at the seams.  Kippettes gymnasts were progressing at an unexpected rate and training in a public recreation center posed problems concerning safety and achieving athlete growth potential.

“We are painfully limited in space at Kendrick,” Miller said.  “We still vault through the lobby of the building, we have no pits, no spotting belts.  We are always short on mats and spotting blocks.  But at the turn of every season, we go to these state-wide meets and I realize that our kids measure up.  We take home medalists and team placements, and I breathe a sigh of releif that we pulled it off for another year.”

Eleven years from the launch of the Kippettes USAG program, Miller and Mancini, with the help of head coaches, Kathy Cielsielka and Maya Lerman, continue to deliver the best possible results regardless of the limitations under which their athletes must train.

This year, the Kippettes are celebrating team member, Zoe Singer’s, final year on the team at Kendrick.  Singer is a first generation Kippettes gymnast and represents the start of the team as a Competitive City Tumbling gymnast in 2005, and then later as a USAG-sanctioned gymnast in 2007. Singer is a senior at Carroll High School and will be retiring from her 12-year career as a Kendrick Kippettes gymnast in June 2017.

“Thinking about Zoe retiring is bitter-sweet,” Mancini added. “I remember Zoe’s very first gymnastics practice.  I’m proud that she fulfilled a complete career and represented Kendrick as a level 9 gymnast in the end, but it is going to be very sad for all of us to see her go in June.  She is an icon in our gym.”

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In June 2016, Kenrick Coaches honored the Kippettes Original 14 USAG gymnasts who started training together at Kendrick in 2005. Pictured from left to right are Zoey Miller, Zoe Singer, Kerri Campbell, Claire Miller, Samantha Myers, Coach Saranne, Lisa Williams, Dawn Roush, Alexandra Stoffere, Danielle Skrocki, and Sarah Pixley.  Not included in the photo are Tehya Noell, Taylor Jones, Racheal Sidener, and Tina Roccia.

The Kippettes have a full house for the 2016-2017 season with levels 2, 6, 7, 8, and 9 heading into competition at West Chester University in November.  In addition, the Kippettes are training 12 gymnasts for a brand new Xcel team at Kendrick that will be kicking off in November at WCU with their optional-level couterparts.

“We have more kids at new levels this year than we’ve ever had,” Miller explained.  “It’s exciting and overwhelming all at once.”

Miller says that regardless of changes to the Kippettes this year, the strong bond among coaches and athletes remains the same.

“Janette says it every year at our annual show,” Miller recalls. “Our number one priority at Kendrick Kippettes Gymnastics is the family that forms year after year.  It’s something that never fades.”

Check out the Kendrick Kippettes Competitive City Tumbling Team and USAG Travel Team by visiting the Kippettes Facebook (CLICK HERE) and Instagram (CLICK HERE) to stay current with team-building activities and training progressions.  Fans can also add @kippettes on Snapchat to enjoy live photos and videos of athletic training and team recreation at Kendrick Recreation Center.

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Kendrick Special Olympics Dominates the Podium at 2016 Summer Games

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Kendrick Special Olympics gymnastics team members, Megan Murphy (right) and Luke Jones (left), medaled in the top two slots at the 47th Annual Special Olympics Summer Games. [Photo: Kendrick Special Olympics]

On Saturday, June 4, Kendrick Recreation Center Special Olympics gymnastics team members, Megan Murphy and Luke Jones, competed at the 47th Annual Special Olympics Pennsylvania Summer Games at Penn State University, ending their competitive season as podium medalists.

Murphy, age 29 and a graduate of Arcadia University, was honored as First Place All-Around winner in her age category while Jones, age 10 and a student at A.S. Jenks Elementary School, was thrilled to take the Second Place All-Around slot within his age category.

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Special Olympic athlete, Luke Jones (pictured right), is “photo bombed” by Kendrick Special Olympic coaches, Katharine Wenocur (center) and Ariel Mankin (left).  Jones was honored as the Second Place All-Around medalist in his age group at the 2016 Summer Games. [Photo: Kendrick Special Olympics]

Murphy and Jones competed against teams at the Summer Games to include Montgomery County Gymnastics, Bethlehem City, Lehigh Gymnastics, Butler County, Berks County, and State of Virginia Gymnastics.

Murphy, who resides in the Andorra section of Philadelphia is an original member of the Special Olympics gymnastics program at Kendrick Recreation Center, which launched in 2013 under the direction of head coach, Katharine Wenocur.  Jones, who lives in the Chestnut Hill neighborhood of Philadelphia, also joined the Kendrick Special Olympic team in its start-up year.

Both athletes enjoy training at the Kendrick Recreation Center under the guidance of Wenocur and assistant coach, Ariel Mankin.  The Kendrick Special Olympics team also comprises a multitude of volunteer junior coaches who are currently active Kippettes Gymnastics team members or retired gymnasts from the Kippettes program.

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Sepcial Olympics team member, Megan Murphy, poses with PSU athletes at the Special Olympics Summer Games held in University Park, PA. Murphy was awarded as First Place All-Around Gymnast in her age group. [Photo: Kendrick Special Olympics]

“We are so proud of our athletes’ accomplishements,” Wenocur commented.  “Megan and Luke have worked hard to dedicate their time and effort into not only evolving as winners, but as amazing individuals, in and out of the gym. I congratulate them both on a fantastic season.”

The Special Olympics Summer Games, held in University Park, PA and sponsored by Sheetz, Inc., represents more than 40 sports, and draws more than 2,000 athletes, 750 coaches, and 1,000 volunteers from across the state each year.

Special Olympics gymnastics programs are partnered with USA Gymnastics.

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2016 USAG Level 9-10 State Championships

 

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Congratulations to level 9 Kippettes gymnast, Zoe Singer, who will be representing the Kendrick Kippettes at this year’s LEVEL 9 STATE CHAMPIONSHIP. Zoe is a junior at Carroll High School. In addition to the 12-15 hours per week that Zoe dedicates to training in the gym at the Kendrick Recreation Center, she also devotes hours each week to coaching beginner gymnastics classes at Kendrick and volunteering with Kendrick’s Special Olympics Program.

 

A former level 8 USAG State medalist on floor and vault, Zoe was one of the founding members of Kippettes Gymnastics in 2007, and one of the two very first Kippettes gymnasts from a Philadelphia recreation center to have ever entered and competed at a USAG State Competition.  In addition, Zoe represents a team record score on vault at her level 4 State Competition in 2008.

 

Once again setting a record at Kendrick, Zoe is representing  Kippettes Gymnastic’s first level 9 competitor at a USAG Pennsylvania State Championship meet. Zoe’s goal at Level 9 States is to qualify for Level 9 Regionals where she will have an opportunity to qualify for her first USAG National Championship.

 

We are wishing Zoe the best of everything next Saturday as she travels to Chambersburg.

 

LOCATION:

Chambersburg Area High School

511 S 6th Street

Chambersburg, PA 17201

 

SESSION DAY/TIME:

Saturday, March 19th

4:00 p.m. – Open Stretch

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2015 Kippettes Individual Athlete High-Scoring Record Holders

174The chart below indicates current high-score record holders at Kippettes Gymnastics.  The chart is comprised of current and former athletes. The record-holders are maintained until records are broken and new gymnasts are inserted into the chart.

The chart is published and maintained by MyMeetScores.com.  By clicking on an athlete’s name in the chart, you can visit mymeetscores.com and view individual gymnast statistics across a national scale.  By clicking on KENDRICK KIPPETTES below, you can view the history of our team as a whole.

The chart does not reflect Prep-Op record holders, which were classified as obsolete by USAG in 2013, but can still be found at MyMeetScores.com.

KENDRICK KIPPETTES Individual Athlete Record Holders

Level

Vault

Bars

Beam

Floor

AA

3 9.400

Molly Devenney Macy Moderski

9.450

Macy Moderski

9.300

Dara Seals

9.125

Alanna Casciato

35.900

Dara Seals

4 9.250

Camryn Jones

8.850

Renee Caporellie

9.000

Harley Feher

9.050

Kerri Campbell Zoe Singer

35.775

Kerri Campbell

5 9.000

Renee Caporellie

8.900

Nicole Lorenz

9.000

Hazel Miller

9.225

Harley Feher

34.825

Hazel Miller

6 9.400

Tehya Noell

9.125

Nicole Lorenz

9.425

Hazel Miller

9.600

Kerri Campbell

36.625

Hazel Miller

7 9.150

Tehya Noell

8.950

Danielle Skrocki

9.325

Alexandra Stoffere

9.375

Taylor Jones

34.650

Danielle Skrocki

8 9.300

Danielle Skrocki

9.450

Danielle Skrocki

9.300

Danielle Skrocki

9.375

Danielle Skrocki

37.150

Danielle Skrocki

9 8.750

Danielle Skrocki

7.775

Danielle Skrocki

8.175

Alexandra Stoffere

8.700

Danielle Skrocki

32.900

Danielle Skrocki

GOLD 8.750

Samantha Myers

8.700

Georgia Puhl

8.600

Georgia Puhl

9.125

Samantha Myers

34.600

Georgia Puhl

PLATINUM 8.800

Zoey Miller

8.300

Mary Kate Funari

8.700

Paige Divon

9.100

MaryKate Funari

33.575

Paige Divon

DIAMOND 9.000

Angela Castriota

9.250

Angela Castriota

8.550

Angela Castriota

9.125

Angela Catsriota

35.925

Angela Castriota

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Kippettes Support First Regional Qualifier in Washington, D.C.

2015 USAG REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

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On March 21, 2015, level 8 gymnast, Danielle Skrocki, made Kippettes history as the first gymnast to have qualified for a USAG Regional Championship since the launch of the Kendrick all-around travel team program in 2005.   Even more impressive, Danielle took the 5th place slot at the USAG Pennsylvania State Championship where she placed 1st on balance beam and 2nd on vault, bars, and all-around.   Competing against more than 60 athletes at States, Danielle qualified as a member of the 2015 USAG Pennsylvania Team vying for a Region 7 Title on April 12 in Washington, D.C.

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The Kippettes could not send Danielle alone – Levels 6-9 & Xcel went with her!!

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The road trip to Washington was a magical event for everyone involved.  Thank you to chaperones, Lori Lorenz and Karen Skrocki, and to assistant coach, Kathy Ciesielka, for managing “crowd control” as we navigated our crew of 15 through the Nation’s Capital.

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Adults and gymnasts enjoyed the Cherry Blossom Parade, the carousel on the Mall, the National Monument (very windy!), the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum (we flew our own space shuttles!), and multiple gardens, monuments, and historical landmarks along the way.

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On Sunday, April 12, Danielle took her very first Regional Championship competition in stride.  As a gymnast representing the State of Pennsylvania, Danielle remained level-headed and hit every event with the best she had to offer.

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Although she commented on receiving her lowest all-around score of the season at Regionals, Danielle is to be commended for her extraordinary level of self-confidence, sportsmanship, and pride as she competed among the top athletes across Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Virginia, Maryland, and West Virginia.  From a coach’s standpoint, Sunday represented Danielle’s most impressive meet of her 2014-2015 competitive season.  We could not have asked for a better overall performance!  To round out the weekend, Danielle took the podium as the 9th Place Region 7 Champion on the uneven bars while Pennsylvania grabbed a 3rd Place Regional Championship against a backdrop of eight competing teams.

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Visit the Kippettes Gymnastics Facebook page to view photos of our spectacular weekend in Washington, D.C.!

Here’s a look at the Kippettes over the years:

Kippettes at a Glance by Leah Banks

Kippettes Program Fights City for Heat

Kippettes Hit the Ground Running with 50+ Competing

Day Two at West Chester University

The Kippettes Dominate at Silvia Mitova Invitational

2013-2014 Season End Wrap Up

Check Out The Kippettes Photos and Video Footage!

E. Shorr-Parks – 2012 – The Kippettes Forge New Ground as Philadelphia’s First Non-Profit, USAG Gymnastics Team

E. Shorr-Park – 2012B – Sports Writer, Eliot Shorr-Parks Takes a Looks at The Kippettes Humble Beginnings

Kippettes Exceed Five-Year Plan in 2011

Kippettes Train with Olympians – 2010

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Kippettes in the Press!

Here’s a look at the Kippettes over the years:

Kippettes at a Glance by Leah Banks

Kippettes Program Fights City for Heat

Kippettes Hit the Ground Running with 50+ Competing

Day Two at West Chester University

The Kippettes Dominate at Silvia Mitova Invitational

2013-2014 Season End Wrap Up

Check Out The Kippettes Photos and Video Footage!

E. Shorr-Parks – 2012 – The Kippettes Forge New Ground as Philadelphia’s First Non-Profit, USAG Gymnastics Team

E. Shorr-Park – 2012B – Sports Writer, Eliot Shorr-Parks Takes a Looks at The Kippettes Humble Beginnings

Kippettes Exceed Five-Year Plan in 2011

Kippettes Train with Olympians – 2010

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