WHO IS UZELAC GYMNASTICS?
Formed in January 2004, Uzelac Gymnastics is a family owned business and is operated by The Uzelac Group, Inc. Brenda Uzelac, the Chief Executive Officer and her husband, Donnie Uzelac, the Chief Operating Officer, have dedicated their lives to the sport of gymnastics. They are the proud parents of four children, Brandy, Alan, Kristal and Donnie. Three of their children have competed and two of them now coach gymnastics. They are also proud grandparents of twelve grand children; the oldest Sierra, is now a Team coach.
Brenda started training gymnastics as a young girl at Johnstown Turners Gymnastics. At a very young age, she knew her life would be teaching this wonderful sport. At 16, she started coaching at the Johnstown YMCA, and later became head coach of Johnstown Turners Gymnastics.
As Head Coach of Turners, Brenda jumped at it with vigor and excitement. Determine to be the best coach she could be, Brenda learned a great foundation, which would later pay off.
When Brenda and Donnie had children of their own, little did they know that their youngest daughter would go from a “Gym Rat” at Johnstown Turners, to the only women to win three consecutive National Championships in USA Gymnastics history!
When Kristal was 7 years old, Brenda and Donnie made a decision to move the whole family to Allentown, PA and have her train at the Parkettes National Training Center. This was a great move for Kristal and Brenda as both refined their talents. Kristal travel and competed with Team USA all over the world which led her to worldwide fame. Brenda started coaching at the Parkettes which gave her the opportunity to coach side by side with some of the best gymnastics coaches and clinicians in the world. She is proud of her many National Champions but most proud of her accomplishment of her gymnast going on to further their education and compete at some of the best colleges and universities in the country.
Kristal accolades where many, but she was most proud of being the youngest National Champion in USA Gymnastics history. Kristal claimed three Junior All-Around National Championships and at least 15 times was an Event National Champion. She won numerous championships at the state and regional level. She traveled with Team USA for eight years to such places as France, England, Canada, Netherlands, Australia, Hawaii, and many more. She competed against past Olympians and won. When on the competition floor, she was the most dynamic and focused gymnast you have ever seen. She went on to compete at Penn State where she still sits in their Sports Hall of Fame for the record breaking performances she had.
After Kristal went on to Penn State University, and thirteen years later, Brenda and Donnie decided to go back home to Johnstown and apply what they had learned at the Parkettes. They formed Uzelac Gymnastics and opened up in the Johnstown Galleria Mall. Five years and three moves later, the dream of owning their own training center became reality. They knew in their hearts that the community of Johnstown would benefit for generations to come. Nestled on a rural setting of a 12 acre plot in Adams Twp, but only minutes from the Galleria Mall, the Cambria County Airport, and hotels and restaurants, the U Sports Academy, a 10000 sq ft facility with in-ground pits, is now the permanent home of Uzelac Gymnastics, and the “U” Sports Camps.
And more recently, Uzelac Gymnastics acquired the other Gymnastics Center in Johnstown, and have opened up the MAM's FlipZone, dedicated to the memory of Brenda's mother, Nancy "MAM" Moss. She was instrumental in starting Brenda and her sisters in the sport of Gymnastics many years ago, and was one of Kristals' biggest fans. MAM's FlipZone is where new programs like the Aerial Arts programs and the Ninja KIDZ program are being held. It is the new home of all of our Class Pre-School and Recreational Gymnastics Programs.
We are so blessed to provide this opportunity to the families and childern of the Greater Johnstown Area!
Thank You for your Support and Love,
The Uzelac Gymnastics Family
445 Schoolhouse Road Johnstown,PA15904