Poster flagymiemom over at College Gymnastics Board let the world know that the small liberal-arts school, Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri (just outside of St. Louis) will be adding a women’s gymnastics program to their list of varsity sports as they transition into NCAA D-II from NAIA.

This is absolutely thrilling news! I am so excited for the Lions (Lindenwood’s atheltics mascot) and for what this could mean for NCAA gymnastics programs all over the country!

In light of my dedication to implement NCAA D-I gymnastics (for men and women) at a Texas university, I can’t help but wonder if this would help my cause. If a small NAIA college can do it with an endowment of $68.6 million (recall the University of Texas system has over $12 billion in its endowment) and support, why not the University of Texas, Texas A&M or another Texas university? For that matter, why not more schools in the country like the University of Kansas, Wisconsin, Tennessee, Florida State, or Clemson, some of the schools mentioned by College Gymnastics Board poster ScooterTide.

Welcome to the family, Lindenwood!