Union College hosts gymnastics showcase

Don't be alarmed if you see youth hoisting each other onto shoulders or walking down a sidewalk on their hands--they are gymnasts, and they will be invading Lincoln Nov. 12-15.

Nearly 900 high school and college gymnasts from across the country will be attending the 2008 Acrofest at Union College. Acrofest is a four-day festival emphasizing acrobatic gymnastics, a team-oriented sport that encourages participation from athletes with varying levels of physical ability. The gymnasts will flood Union College's campus, eating, sleeping and socializing when they are not practicing gymnastics.

Over 25 teams will showcase their talent Saturday, Nov. 15 at University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Devaney Sports Center at 7:30 p.m. UNL's men's and women's gymnastic teams as well as Nebraska School of Gymnastics kids will also be featured at the event. UNL's USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame member and Husker gymnastics coach Francis Allen, as well as other skilled gymnasts will teach the gymnasts new tumbling, stunting and hand-to-hand acrobatics in the two days preceding the Saturday night show.

"I am excited to be able to collaborate with the world-renown coaches at UNL who are contributing their time and talent to this event," said Seth Perkins, head coach of Union College's Gymnaires team and organizer of Acrofest. "These gymnasts are exceptional, and it will undoubtedly be an event you don't want to miss."

The public is invited to the Saturday night showcase. The doors at the Devaney Center will open at 6:30 p.m. and the show will begin at 7:30 p.m. Admission: adults $6; kids $3; children four and under are free. Refreshments will be available.

Participants can find more information about the event on the Union College Gymnaire's site.