SOMERVILLE, NJ – Just a few months ago, the future looked bleak for the all-girls’ Somerville High School gymnastics team.

But in an 11th-hour reprieve at the end of the school year, the Board of Education shelved plans to eliminate the squad in favor of a volleyball team, thought to have broader appeal and potential to attract more student athletes.

But there were conditions.

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The team must attract more competitors, and the board also expects the team to have a financial stake in its future, according to Jason Kraska, whose wife Jamie, a former SHS gymnast, is a member of the Somerville Gymnastics Booster Club.

Jason Kraska is a former borough councilman, and a member of the Recreation Commission.

The team’s roster has grown from 9 members last year to 15 commitments for the upcoming season, according to Kraska.

The girls and their supporters have also been busy on a fund raising project

The Somerville Gymnastics Booster Club is in the midst of a marketing campaign to sell a poster similar to the “Ville football team, featuring photos of team members.

They are targeting local businesses to advertise on the poster.

A letter distributed by the booster club reads:

“The 2019 Somerville High School Gymnastics Booster Club would like to offer you the opportunity to brand yourself as a supporter of our award-winning program that for 40 years has  had a tradition of success and elite recognition among the Gymnastics community.

“The 2019 team is looking for local businesses to support the team, while also promoting your business as a community supporterw.

“A small contribution of $100 and a logo or business card will go a long way to ensure the Somerville Gymnastics Team is able to continue its tradition of success, while providing each donor a poster to display at their establishment.”

Sponsors will also get “shout outs” at local meets.

Checks should be made payable to The Somerville Gymnastics Booster Club.

Further information is available by sending an email