Make an Impact Gymnastics Meet October 1-2

Make an Impact Gymnastics Meet October 1-2

Watch future Olympians and competitive gymnasts hit the mats at the second annual Make an Impact Invitational, Oct. 1-2, at Sunnyslope High School, 35 W. Dunlap Ave. in Phoenix. A portion of the proceeds raised during the two-day event will help students at the United School for Autism in Scottsdale. Impact Gymnastics, located at 7812 N, 12th St. in Phoenix, is striving to make an impact in the community where its students and families live, work and practice.

“The turnout for our inaugural event last year was remarkable and this year we are hoping to make an even bigger impact in the community,” said Samantha Baltierrez, co-owner of Impact Gymnastics. “We raised nearly $3,000 for last year’s nonprofit partner and this year we are aiming to match or exceed that dollar amount.”

This year’s beneficiary is the United School for Autism in Scottsdale, a cause close to the hearts of the Impact family.

“Autism touches a lot of people in the Valley and across the U.S.,” said Maria Lawrence, co-owner of Impact Gymnastics. “We chose the United School for Autism because two of my nephews have autism and attend this amazing facility. Also, my daughter, Bella, is currently pursuing a degree in special education and teachers and classrooms need a lot of help to support their students.”

The United School for Autism is an accredited private nonprofit school serving grades 1-12 committed to providing an enriching, equal education opportunity for all its students, while providing access to mutually rewarding and meaningful relationships within the community. Students receive individualized academic programming, along with extracurricular classes including technology, music, PE, art, group social skills and afterschool clubs.

“We have always loved giving back to the community, this is just another way we can do more of it,” added Lawrence. “It’s integral for us to exemplify to our students and families that involvement in the community is an important aspect of being a human and that teamwork is not only key to success on the mat, but also in life, including helping those who have more hurdles to overcome.”

The Make an Impact Invitational is a USA Gymnastics sanctioned event and all participants must register through USGA to participate. Want to attend?

Hours of Make an Impact Invitational: 8 am to 8 pm Saturday & 8 am to 6 pm Sunday.

$20 adults $10 kids 6-18 & Seniors 65 plus. Kids 5 & under Free. CASH ONLY


Impact Gymnastics is a private gym owned by Baltierrez and Lawrence. The working mothers understand from personal experience that parental and student needs are under-served in most gymnastics facilities in Arizona, which is why they were inspired to open Impact Gymnastics seven years ago. Impact Gymnastics provides classes that range from Olympic-level training to recreational gymnastics for all ages and skill levels. In 2020, Impact achieved an impressive milestone when its Level 5 Team earned the title of Arizona state champion.

For more information about the Make an Impact Invitational, call (602) 870-7574 or email

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