Spirit of the Flame

Hey Coaches,


We hope you are weathering the storm and staying healthy. Our lives are often truly shaped by challenging times.

 As coaches and judges we inspire, mentor, appreciate moments of gratitude, laughter, and creativity – and most importantly help shape young people’s lives. This is difficult to do currently, so we are sending energy and support your way for now.

We look forward to better times, and to seeing you and your gymnasts at the 18th Anniversary of the Spirit of the Flame Challenge on Friday, February 26 through Sunday, February 28, at the beautiful San Jose Convention Center.

We will have welcome bags, a separate Coaches’ area, food, and snacks. It’s a great competition for the gymnasts and fun for the whole family, including a Kids’ Fun Zone for youngsters, a fun photo backdrop, and vendors and raffle prizes.

Register early: last year we filled up quickly and had a waiting list by October. This also saves on entry fees with our early bird discounts. Register here.

Travel Planning

We’re fortunate to have a venue so close to many attractions: the Silicon Valley, San Jose, San Francisco, Santa Cruz beaches and more. We hope that your team and their families will have an enjoyable weekend exploring the area — when not competing or cheering on teammates!

Please make your travel arrangements early. Last year, our primary host hotel sold out in December! The first sessions will start at 8:00 am Friday morning and the last sessions will end around 8:00 pm Sunday. Your session assignments will become available just a few weeks before the meet.

If you’re not familiar with the area, please note that Bay Area traffic can be difficult. Check our transportation info and be sure to leave yourself enough time to be ready and on-site before each session.

Sharing the Fun

Let your parents know they can celebrate their gymnast or the whole team with a Good Luck ad in our souvenir program. Programs are distributed for free at the meet. Follow the Spirit of the Flame Challenge on Facebook. If you attended the meet last year, we’d love it if you’d share some of your personal photos from the meet or other fun with your team that weekend on our page.

Your friends and hosts,
Abra Slater & the Spirit of the Flame Team