In creating unique platforms for athletes to compete, Knight Eady has literally provided an “elevated stage” for the University of Alabama and Auburn University women’s gymnastics teams at an annual event in Birmingham’s Legacy Arena. Traditionally, collegiate gymnasts only compete on an elevated platform at championship events, but Knight Eady provides Olympic-style gymnastics podiums for competition in this neutral-site regular season meet. Over 6,000 fans filled Legacy Arena each year at the BJCC to watch two of the greatest gymnastics programs in the country, and in-state rivals, go head-to-head. Elevate the Stage also aims to give back to the community through two philanthropic partnerships. Both Camp Smile-A-Mile and Ronald McDonald House Charities of Alabama receive a portion of the proceeds from ticket and sponsorship sales of the event. However, the most impactful moment of the event precedes the announcement of the final scores. Children from the two philanthropic partners are escorted onto the floor to sit with the gymnasts during the awards ceremony and are individually recognized for their participation in the event. The second annual Elevate The Stage featured a Junior Olympic meet sanctioned by USA Gymnastics, which brought 9,000 gymnasts from across the country to compete over a three day time period, with many girls having the chance to compete on the podiums. Elevate will continue to feature both a Junior Olympic meet and the college meet each year.