- Pasadena Convention Center
- 300 E. Green Street
- Pasadena, CA 91101
- Friday, February 02, 2018 - February 04, 2018
Building Hearts of Champions
Chris Waller Heart of a Champion is The USA Gymnastics sanctioned women’s gymnastics competition. It will be hosted by Waller’s GymJam Academy at the Pasadena Convention Center. The competition features athletes from all over the country of all levels, ages 5-18 years old. In addition to being a premier competition, this event raises awareness and funds for Camp del Corazon, a summer camp for children with heart disease.
As parents and coaches of young athletes, Gymjam believes that part of their gymnastics experience should include a commitment to community service. They have focused their service on fitness and health and have contributed sizeable donations to the American Cancer Society, the American heart Association, and Camp del Corazon.
The Heart of a Champion Story
At a routine checkup, Chris Waller’s parents were told that he needed open heart surgery when he was only 15 years old. Then, against all odds and with the indispensable help from outstanding doctors, Chris went on to compete in the 1992 Olympic games in Barcelona. Eight and a half years ago, just before his 37th birthday, Chris had his second heart surgery, lasting 20 hours, to further repair the aorta and to replace a malfunctioning aortic valve. This was a 20 hour surgery that left his wife Cindy nearly as emotionally exhausted as Chris was physically exhausted. Through the efforts of skilled doctors Chris has enjoyed a nearly unencumbered life. Thousands of children are born with heart disease that leaves them struggling to find health and lead a life of fun and normalcy. In an effort to provide children with heart disease a more fun and normal childhood, a wonderful group of outstanding doctors and nurses established Camp del Corazon.
Friday, February 2nd – 8:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Saturday, February 3rd – 8:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Sunday, February 4th – 8:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Adult| $16 session, $25 day, $35 weekend
Senior (62+) | $12 session, $15 day, $25 weekend
Military (w/ ID)| $12 session, $15 day, $25 weekend
Child (12 & under)| $10 session, $15 day, $25 weekend
Parking at the convention center is $13 per day for up to 16 hours or $18 per day for in and out privileges. The subterranean parking structure is shared with the Sheraton Pasadena. The entrance is located on Euclid Avenue between Green Street and Cordova Street. Additionally, parking is available in several private structures around the convention center, these are operated by Paseo Colorado. More info→
Public Transportation – Metro Gold Line
The Pasadena Convention Center is within walking distance of two Metro Gold Line stations, Del Mar Station and Memorial Park Station. If you are traveling southbound toward East Los Angeles / Union Station, detrain at Memorial Park; if you are traveling northbound towards Sierra Madre Villa, detrain at Del Mar Station.
- Pasadena Convention Center
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