Head Over Heels Athletic Arts Grants Nicolas Deras College Scholarship

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Based on tremendous character and work ethic, Head Over Heels Athletic Arts grants boys competitive team member, Nicolas Deras, a scholarship to attend UC Davis this fall.

HOH competitive gymnast Nico Deras will major in biomedical engineering at UC Davis.

I understand now what it means to push past my own expectations, and I have the confidence to accomplish any goal I set for myself.

Head Over Heels Athletic Arts is granting boys competitive team member, Nicolas Deras, a $1,000 scholarship to attend UC Davis this fall. Based on Deras’ exemplar work ethic, HOH is excited to assist with Deras’ college expenses.

“I feel incredibly blessed to be a part of the HOH community for the past three years,” Deras said. “Until I joined HOH, I never understood the power of passion and perseverance. I understand now what it means to push past my own expectations, and I have the confidence to accomplish any goal I set for myself.”

While balancing academics with the demands of competitive gymnastics is a challenge, Deras found a way to excel in both fields. The high school graduate achieved a 4.37 GPA and plans to major in biomedical engineering at UC Davis.

With his biomedical engineering degree, Deras aspires to create technology to help amputees live actively. Deras’ experience as a gymnast inspired him to help others achieve their goals, despite physical detriments.

“I hope to use my degree to help others,” Deras said. “In particular, I hope to help amputees with new technology so that their lives may be just as normal and active as a non-amputee. I hope to make it possible for amputees to live without limitations, as I have lived so far.”

Since arriving at HOH, Deras has made tremendous strides and is a proven leader in the gym. Under the direction of the boys team program director, Michael Ash, Deras improved his level 6 abilities to level 10 caliber.

“My participation in gymnastics has shaped who I am, and I wouldn’t be the same person otherwise,” Deras said. “My goal is to give those same things to someone who is missing a limb, so that they can have the opportunity to participate in sport. Hopefully, technology will level all playing fields and I hope to be a part of that.”

For more information about any of Head Over Heels Athletics Arts classes and programs, call 510-655-1265, check the various gymnastics programs on the web at http://www.hohathleticarts.com, or visit 4701 Doyle St., Building F, in Emeryville.

About Head Over Heels Athletics Arts:
Head Over Heels Athletics Arts has been helping children gain fitness, gymnastics skills, confidence and self-esteem for more than 20 years. Founded in Oakland in 1977, Head Over Heels Athletics Arts continues to grow and offer new, varied programs with the constant goal of providing the best in kids’ gymnastics and fitness. The Head Over Heels Athletics Arts’ staff is required to undergo various kinds of training to ensure excellent sports instruction, as well as the safety of each child. Children are natural learners and Head Over Heels promotes that positive learning attitude. For some students, a preschool class at Head Over Heels is their first classroom experience.

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