Sunflower Gymnastics Future Fund

March 18, 2020

Dear Sunflower Gymnastics Family,
It is with a very heavy heart I write what is probably the hardest letter I have ever had to write.

First let me say, we miss you all and can’t wait to get back in the gym, teaching gymnastics and helping all these athletes grow stronger and more confident in themselves. We are going to do everything we can to be back open as soon as possible.

At present, we are not running classes at either of our Emporia or Burlington locations. We chose to make this decision following the Governor’s announcement that the state's public education system would not be meeting in person for the rest of the school year.

Regardless of whether we feel this is a good choice or not, and we sure as heck don’t know the right answer to that question, we feel that it is our duty to make the most “socially responsible” choice and follow the state’s lead and close our gyms for the time being.

This decision was NOT taken lightly. We are extremely proud of our gym, our staff, our students, and all the wonderful relationships we have with all of the parents. We know that this is very hard on our students who love their gymnastics classes and on skill progressions and skill retention.

Financially, we will NOT be charging fees to any of our customers. With that being said, David, Stacie, Connor, Emily, Hannah, Karalyn and Whitney, will all be looking for jobs elsewhere for the time being. So if you are aware of anything, please let us know. Additionally we still have overhead that we have to pay for the gyms, but with no income coming in, so this is a very scary time for us.

We are currently providing daily Facebook LIVE exercise videos each day this week at 11:00a.m. on the Sunflower Gymnastics Facebook Page at   We would love for everyone to join us, you can watch it, Like it, and Share it, even after it has aired LIVE. We hope to continue to provide these videos during the week so we can keep in contact with our students the best we are able. If you have any requests for online content, please let us know and we will do what we can.

We are setting up this Go Fund Me so customers may donate if they wish to help Sunflower Gymnastics and ALL of the staff.  We have had several customers offering to continue paying their monthly fees, BUT, we will NOT be charging ANY fees through Sunflower accounts. So, IF you wish to give, please use either this Go Fund Me or our PayPal button on the front page of our website. 

Who could have possibly guessed that 2020 would bring such a profound and rapid change. We have always been able to provide for our family, pay our employees and teach the sport we love. All of the sudden we are no longer able to.

We are confident that we will all get through this time and once again be back at the gym teaching those rolls, cartwheels, flips and handsprings. Until that time, please know that we are missing each and every one of you and we look forward to the time we can see you again.

Most Sincerely,
David and Stacie Doemland
Sunflower Gymnastics

Donations ()

  • Anonymous 
    • $50 
    • 13 hrs
  • Simon Smith 
    • $250 
    • 14 hrs
  • Mark - Schade 
    • $1,000 
    • 17 hrs
  • Wendy Hall 
    • $50 
    • 17 hrs
  • loretta Doemland 
    • $1,000 
    • 22 hrs
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Stacie Doemland 
Emporia, KS
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