Venezuela by the Peace Corps volunteers!
Below, you'll read about Steve Knaebel, a Stanford University gymnast who while serving in the Peace Corps, put his trampoline skills to good use. A Nissen trampoline was on hand at the local YMCA facility so Steve jumped up and gave a few lessons. Steve and his Peace Corps partner Rodney Napier taught physical education to Venezuelan children in Barinas at O'Leary High School and in Moron.
All three bounced for the University of Michigan - - and coaching icon: Newt Loken. To refresh memories, here's a quick run down of their achievements:
- Ed Cole (on the left), was Big 10 Trampoline Champion in 1957, 1958 and 1959 plus, the 1959 NCAA Trampoline Champion.
- John Hamilton (in the middle) tied with Gary Erwin for the 1964 Big 10 trampoline title.
- As for Gary Erwin (far right), he won the recent 1965 Second World Trampoline Championships in London . Adding that spectacular win to his current titles of Big 10 & NCAA Trampoline Champion in both 1964 (tie) and 1965.
"Nissen's - - It's a Great Place to Work!"