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Spirit of the FlameDear Parents & Guardians:


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

 As coaches, judges, and parents 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 gymnast 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.

 It’s fun for the whole family, including a Kids’ Fun Zone for youngsters, a fun photo backdrop, and vendors and raffle prizes.


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 family will have an enjoyable weekend exploring the area — when you’re not competing or cheering on your 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 gymnast’s session assignment 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 your gymnast’s session.

Sharing the Fun

Celebrate your gymnast or team with a Good Luck ad in our souvenir program. You can order Good Luck ads here; program books are distributed for free at the meet. (You can also promote your business to the 1600+ gymnasts and thousands of people who attend the meet.)

Join the fun now by following 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.

So start planning now and get ready to relax, have fun, enjoy the Bay Area, and have a great weekend!

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