In 2007, Saranne Miller established Philadelphia’s first non-profit, USAG-sanctioned Junior Olympic gymnastics team, The Kendrick Kippettes, targeting underserved, urban-based children. The city-subsidized program thrives on fundraising, stipends, and grants, and is run by program director, Janette Mancini, and team coordinator, Saranne Miller.
Kippettes Gymnastics instructors dedicate a multitude of volunteer hours to ensure that gymnasts have the opportunity to acquire a heightened sense of self-confidence, tenacity, perseverance, accountability, and the capacity to nurture healthy relationships with peers, program leaders, and contributing members of the community. The result has been the delivery of a boundless experience across athletic challenges, healthy competition, relationship management, a results-driven culture, and goal-oriented curriculum.
Regardless of the socioeconomic, emotional, physical, and behavioral conflicts that underserved gymnasts may experience in daily routines within an urban setting, the staff at Kippettes Gymnastics has far exceeded expectations in establishing a platform for children who would otherwise not have the opportunity to excel.
The Kippettes currently train gymnasts who compete across USAG levels 3-9 and Xcel, in addition to a Philadelphia Parks and Recreation Competitive Gymnastics program. In addition, Kendrick Recreation Center provides safe and healthy gymnastics instruction to more than 150 recreational program participants.
In 2012, the Kippettes hit the competitive arena strong with Alexandra Stoffere hitting a record-high 9.325, level 7 balance beam.
In 2013, in addition to placing a total of five of nine state qualifiers as State Champions, the Kippettes made a mark at the top in taking home a 1st-place balance beam State Champion in the 13-year-old Prep Advance division, Danielle Skrocki. In addition, the Kippettes boasted gymnast, Zoey Miller, for achieving a record-high scores on floor.
At the start of the 2014 competitive season, the Kippettes brought coach and former judge, Kathy Cielsielka, to assist on the Kipppettes growing optional team and welcomed the return of Kippettes veteran coach, Josh Liken, who assisted on the launch of the team in 2007. In addition, the Kippettes recruited competitive gymnast, Maya Lerman, to assist head coach and former Kippette gymnast, Zoey Miller, in steering the record-breaking level 3 team helm for the season. The Kippettes ended the 2014-2015 season with a repeat on representation at the PA State Competition level, featuring level 4 gymnast, Harley Feher, who placed multiple times at her state competition.
In the spring of 2015, in addition to qualifying a multitude of gymnasts onto the Pennsylvania State Competitions, the Kippettes sent their first Regional Qualifier, level 8 gymnast, Danielle Skrocki, to USAG Region 7 Championships in Washington, D.C. After placing 2nd in the State of Pennsylvania, Danielle remained at the top of her game at Regionals, placing 9th on bars at the Regional Championship competition. Season high scores across the 2014-2015 competitive year include: Macy Moderski, 9.45, level 3 uneven bars; Hazel Miller, 9.425, level 6 balance beam; Macy Moderski and Molly Devenney, 9.40, level 3 vault; Kerri Campbell, 9.60, level 6 floor; and Danielle Skrocki, 37.150, level 8 all-around.
In September 2015, the Kippettes named their first level 9 team of gymnasts in the history of the program and will be taking a collective 31 gymnasts to competition across levels 3-9 and Xcel for the 2015-2016 competitive season.
For more information on the mission of the Kippettes or the program opportunities, please contact Saranne Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org.