Impact Athletic Training Center has cause for celebration.
The company originally opened in May 2013 just off Underwood Road in Aledo. But due to explosive growth, the gym relocated on Nov. 1, 2014 to a larger facility, located at 100 Nu Energy Drive in Aledo. The owners, Sydnie and Clayton Evans, are hosting a free community grand opening celebration with CrossFit City View on Sat., Jan. 24, from 1:30-3:30 p.m., complete with all the bells and whistles but with a serious mission in mind.
On Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, Cameron Hudson, an 18-year-old senior at Aledo High School, was tragically and severely burned in an accidental fire.
Thus far, Cameron has undergone six surgeries for skin grafts and lower left leg amputation. He has battled dialysis for kidney failure, had fluid on the heart, fluid in his lungs and a rare fungi and bacterial infection in his blood and skin. Due to these complications, he has gone into cardiac arrest five different times but continues to fight for his life.
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“His bravery and will power never ceases to amaze me,” said his mother, Melissa Cannon. “We will be forever grateful for the outpouring of love and support from so many. The continual prayers, encouraging words and generous donations have been such a blessing.”
Doctors anticipate Cameron's hospital stay to be anywhere from 12-18 months where he will undergo many surgeries.
During the grand opening, a fundraising effort will be taking place, where 100 percent of monies raised from CrossFit City View’s benefit ‘Work Out of the Day’ (WOD), Impact’s flip-a-thon and raffle will benefit Cameron’s growing medical expenses.
“We have not been able to stop thinking about Cameron and his family since we first heard about the accident,” the Evans said.
A Facebook page has been setup for continuous updates on Cameron's progress or you can read about him at: http://www.prayersforcameronhudson.com/index.html
Other activities during the grand opening will feature games, face painting, bounce houses, cotton candy, raffles, trunk shows, a fire truck and fire safety presentation as well as performances by Impact’s award-winning gymnastics team.
The new gym is 13,000 square feet and features several beams, a full-sized floor, a trampoline - as well as a tumble track, rod floor, vault and uneven bars that all go into a foam pit – an essential training tool for advanced competitive gymnasts.
The new facility also has a locker room, separate men’s and women’s bathrooms, a large viewing area and a party room for birthday parties (which also serves as a classroom for the day school). Impact offers competitive and recreational gymnastics, tumbling classes, competitive cheerleading, competitive power tumbling and trampoline, a mom’s day out program, mommy & me classes, camps, birthday parties and more.
Impact strives to provide the best coaching of gymnastics, tumbling and cheerleading.
“We pride ourselves on creating a competitive and fun environment for our athletes,” Sydnie said. “It is the process of our training, and not the outcome of those efforts, that is most strongly emphasized at Impact. We measure our success not by the number of trophies on the wall, but by what each child can take with them when they leave the sport.”
As Impact’s team director, Sydnie has a passion for gymnastics and working with children. She believes gymnastics is one of the best all-around training experiences for the growth and development of children. Sydnie’s focus is on teaching correct form, proper technique and precise execution in a safe and supportive environment.
Currently, Impact has approximately 45 competitive gymnasts and power tumblers, and approximately 150 more students enrolled in recreational classes.
Lance Winter, 817-594-9902, Ext. 102
Impact wants every child to get the most out of their gymnastics experience while having fun in the process. Evaluations are required to determine class level. To schedule a time for an evaluation, please call 817-899-6681. Impact is open Monday-Thursday 12:30-8:30, Friday 12:30-7:30 and Saturday 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
For more information call (817) 899-6681 or visit www.impactathletictc.com.