This photograph shows the Springfield College gymnastics team at a beach in Florida during the summer of 1966. Eight gymnasts are standing in the background. In the foreground, a man is holding a gymnast above his head.
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Leslie Judd, widely considered a father of modern gymnastics, was the team’s first coach. Dr. James Naismith, the creator of basketball, was an early member of the team. The Exhibition Team has appeared before thousands of spectators in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. In fact, in 1941 the team appeared before thirty-five-thousand spectators in twenty-five cities.