Dominique Dawes is set to launch her own gymnastics academy in Clarksburg, Maryland. According to blackbusiness.com, her vision is to create a center that will train gymnasts as well as foster connections, create memories, build their self-confidence and also build characteristics that they will need in and out of the gym.
According to her, “Words leave a lasting impact on the self-esteem of a young child, which is why it’s beyond gold medals here at Dominique Dawes Gymnastics Academy.
Every child that walks through our doors will know that they are valued. My amazing staff will understand that the most important kid is the one standing right in front of them,”
Dominique Dawes, who grew up in Silver Spring, Maryland, started her career at only ten years of age, competing as a junior elite. Throughout her career, she won lots of awards and medals; she is a three-time Olympic champion and the first black woman to have won an individual Olympic medal in women’s gymnastics. Awesome Dawesome, as she is fondly called in the gymnastics community, is one of the most decorated gymnasts in the world today.
Dawes, who is forty-three, started a family after retiring from her gymnastics career, she has four kids, and she wants all four of them to be actively engaged in gymnastics.
“All four of my kids are my motivation! …They will be active in the gymnastics and ninja programs, and I couldn’t be more proud to build a community to empower and positively encourage today’s generation of gymnasts and beyond.” She told Black Enterprise.
Dawes has always nurtured the dream of building a gymnastics academy and is set to launch the Dominique Dawes Gymnastics Academy. According to the website, the academy will be “a safe, supportive and empowering gymnastics and ninja gym for all,”
The gymnastics academy, which is situated in Clarksburg, Maryland, is only thirty miles away from her hometown; she, however, plans to build more locations across Maryland.
In her words, “This is me leaving a lasting legacy in the sport of gymnastics. I know I was able to do it as an athlete. This is my way of doing it by creating a healthy, positive encouraging gymnastics community in this area, in the state of Maryland that has been so supportive of me throughout my whole career”.