InterActive Academy sits right off US 421, taking up 60,000 square feet. Within its walls, 30,000 of those square feet are dedicated to training gymnasts -- including Alec Yoder, who will represent team USA in the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China, in August.
After shuffling around to a few gyms, the 17-year-old gymnast came to train at InterActive Academy and decided to stick with them.
"It's an awesome facility here, but the last couple of years my gymnastics has definitely gotten a lot better than what it was," Yoder said. "And I've started competing for team USA in the past year, just travelling over the world competing."
Yoder has been participating in gymnastics since he was little; he got his start from a class his mother took him to when he was around 4 years old.
"After one class, my mom said I was climbing on one of the ropes in the gym and one of the coaches asked me if I wanted to join a pre-team class," Yoder said. "I started doing classes like that and as I progressed and as I started to enjoy a little more."
Gene Watson has been coaching Yoder since 2009 and said he stands out amongst other kids he has trained.
"It's always been amazing to me how willing he is to work ... one of the key things that has impressed me to begin with is that he would make an attempt at any skill. Most kids, they fail and jump down," Watson said.
Director of InterActive Academy Kendra Brens has watched Yoder's progression and said she is proud of his work. According to Brens, Yoder's work ethic sets a good standard to others at the academy.
See Wednesday's Times Sentinel for the full story.