The Harrison Family YMCA and Tri-County Arts announce that they are joining forces to serve youth in the Rocky Mount area with gymnastics, dance and cheerleading programs at the YMCA on 1000 Independence Drive.
Gymnastics and dance programs launched Nov. 9 with cheerleading to begin later.
The Harrison Family YMCA has been offering recreational gymnastics classes, private lessons, a pre-team and a competitive team for many years, beginning back at the YWCA. That program was continuing to thrive until the pandemic hit in March.
Tri-County Arts Complex, also located in Rocky Mount, has been owned and operated by June Fenton since 2000. This complex provides gymnastics, dance and cheerleading and was also hard hit by the pandemic.
Fenton has taught and coached for 40 or more years in gymnastics, dance and cheerleading. Her certifications include USAG Professional Women’s Gymnastics Certification, Safety and Safe Sport Certification, National Dance Certifications and National Cheerleaders Association Certification.
Fenton and 50 of her students have also performed on Broadway, half-time shows at Russell Athletic Bowl in Orlando, Fla., performed in the Macy’s Day Parade, appeared on ESPN and more. She has taught at USAG National Olympic Training Camps, National Elite Training Camps and has many more amazing accomplishments under her belt.
Fenton and Jacquelyn Price, the YMCA’s chief executive officer, began conversations in early fall to determine how they could best collaborate under these circumstances to continue serving children from Tri-County Arts and the YMCA. Both organizations have a similar focus on youth development and safety.
Through these conversations, the decision was made to bring Fenton on as the YMCA’s gymnastics, dance & cheer coordinator. Participants from both organizations will now become one for practices, meets, and all other program activities. Registration will also open to the community for new participants.
Tri-County Arts Competitive Teams — Universal Elite, Nash County School of the Arts, Tri-County Elite All-Star Cheerleading — will continue under their same name for competitive meets with the YMCA’s competitive gymnastics team members joining under the Universal Elite name as well.
All registration, guidelines, activities and procedures will be operated by the YMCA.
“We feel blessed that June brought this opportunity to our organization, helping both parties continue serving these children,” Price said. “We are confident in her ability to teach our youth and guide them to success. COVID-19 has hit all of us pretty hard, but we are all working creatively and diligently to pull through and get programs safely back open.”