The Texas Gymnastics community lost a great one today. Rome Milan passed away this morning, April 23.
"Rome fought over the last three years against ALS, Lou Gehrig's disease. Sunday there was an amazing gathering at Sokol Fort Worth to honor him and his contribution to the sport of gymnastics. He was there with a smile on his face as he watched the performances and received the Emil Milan Hall of Fame induction from the Texas High School association. From athlete to club and high school coach to judge, he has been a mainstay in our sport for several decades and will be missed."
Rome exemplified the sport of gymnastics. His passion for the sport was felt by all that knew him. He was not only a positive light for athletes and coaches, but parents and grandparents of athletes would look forward to seeing Rome at competitions as well. He truly cared for the sport and everything it encompasses. It is tough to hear of such a great man's passing. We are forever grateful to have known Rome and experienced his infectious positive impact on our sport and our lives.