Founded in 1946, Gymkana is one of the oldest continuously operating student groups at the University of Maryland. The Gymkana troupe actively promotes a message of making healthy choices by role modeling active, drug-free living. Gymkana’s primary goal is to be a positive influence on the lives of children through our performances, camps and classes. We also encourage adults to live active, healthy lives and provide opportunities for people of all ages to learn acrobatic and gymnastic skills.
Gymkana is dependent on fundraisers, sponsorships and donations from fans, alumni, businesses and corporations to operate. Your tax-exempt contribution will help cover the Troupe's practice and performance expenses as they travel the nation promoting their anti-drug, healthy living message to students. If you are interested in financially supporting our unique program, please visit the Gymkana Fund page. You may also send a check made payable to "UMCP Foundation" and put Gymkana on the memo line. Checks should be sent to:
UMCP Foundation Mailing Address
Attn: Gift Acceptance
4603 Calvert Road,
College Park, MD 20740
Frequently Asked Questions About Gymkana
Gymkana is an outreach program of the University of Maryland School of Public Health. The Gymkana Troupe promotes its message of healthy choices through its unique gymnastic and acrobatic performances and programs.
The Gymkana Troupe actively promotes a message of healthy choices through example. Specifically, a message of active, drug-free living. Gymkana’s primary goal is to be a positive influence on the lives of children. Gymkana also encourages adults to make positive choices for a healthy lifestyle.
Just about anywhere. In addition to their annual Home Show performances in April, the Gymkana Troupe travels to various locations to perform throughout the year. Gymkana regularly performs in elementary, middle and high schools, college and professional halftime shows, and special events.
Gymkana's shows vary in scale and content based on the specifications and requests of the venue. See more about the acts Gymkana performs on the Gymkana Performance page.
All active members are current students of the University of Maryland and must attend regular team practices, meetings, and events. All active members must pledge to be 100% drug, alcohol, and tobacco-free. Prospective members can learn more about how to join on our The Troupe page.
No. Gymkana membership is not based on gymnastics ability. Every year many of Gymkana's athletes join the Troupe with no prior gymnastics experience.
Gymkana's members serve as positive examples of healthy and active lifestyles for children. Gymkana members pledge to remain 100% drug and tobacco-free for the entire duration of their membership. They also pledge to remain completely alcohol-free during Gymkana’s season.