BEAVERCREEK — Erika Debolt and her husband, a Beavercreek postal carrier, teamed up to take over ownership of the Quest Gymnastics and Xtreme Sports Center located at 3820 Kemp Road.
This newly designed and remodeled facility is welcoming new and old members back with a recharged and reenergized spirit. The grand re-opening was held in mid-September.
“We took ownership on July 25, but kept all the staff and trainers,” Debolt said. “I worked here for the past three years when Deb Wright was owner. I heard that she wanted to retire so my husband and I talked about it and we decided that when it was time, we wanted to buy it. We loved the energy of the place. That’s what happened.”
This gym is a multi-sport facility that recently underwent a huge renovation and is now the home of an outstanding gym center, parkour and ninja program- along with the original and current dance center under the ownership of Richard “Reggie” McKeever.
Debolt said three years ago, she enrolled her daughter into the gymnastic program. She watched from the sidelines during her daughter’s practices and became friendly with the staff and instructors. One day, one of the instructors asked if she would be interested in working with the girls. Debolt was a homemaker and didn’t have experience teaching gymnastics, but they provided training and so, her journey began.
“You build relationships with these kids, there is no price for that. With our ownership, our routine [her family’s] didn’t really change, it just shifted gears a little,” she said.
The remodeling project brought change to the gym — positive change. The gym added a program that is new to the area — Parkour. It was designed by a well-known parkour engineer that was able to transform a small corner area into an inner city, walled area, complete with graffiti and the spirit of balance. Parkour is the practice of balance, climbing, swinging, and other movement involving the gripping of toes to walls. Parkour is offered to ages 5 to adulthood.
In the back room, the gym also created another new space for a Ninja zone, for ages 3-11.
“We’re actually in the process of trademarking our Ninja program — trying to license it, so we can sell it. There’s only the Ninja Zone and right now that’s the only one in this area. So we decided we needed one here. Kids love it,” Debolt said.
In addition, the gymnastic and tumbling programs have never been better, “We brought back the fun,” Debolt said.
Even the Beavercreek High School cheer coach has returned to the gym, also allowing the cheer team to practice in the gym.
With the old ownership, Debolt and her husband recognized that the programs had lost the structure and the fun spirit that once was present. So, they restructured and brightened things up with the remodeling. People have noticed the changes and older students are returning and new ones are coming aboard.
“I think just treating people right and show that you care, that means a lot,” she said. “We’re trying to give back to the community, this is a fun place for them. Everyone here has a great time. We allow the flexibility to let everyone’s personalities shine through.”
The gymnastic team will be performing at the Fairfield Commons Mall during the Malloween event on Oct. 27.
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Danielle Coots is a freelance writer for Greene County News.