"I was searching for my son's first grips and was having no luck finding the ones his coach recommended in stock anywhere. I stumbled upon Dekan Athletic and gave them a call. Their prices were much lower than other companies but I was worried that we'd have to wait 3 to 4 weeks for them to be shipped like every other place I called. I was fortunate to call and talk to their National Sales Director. He was so nice, very helpful and understood just how important a gymnast's first grips are. He worked his magic and got us the grips we needed for a better price than everyone else and got them delivered much sooner than expected. My gymnast was ecstatic and extremely grateful! We have had other members of our team order from Dekan since then, and they have all said the same thing - great selection, great prices and great customer service. We will definitely order from them again!"

-Lynn Irwin
Team Parent, Aspire Gymnastics Academy
Bentonville, Arkansas

"I received an e-mail from Dekan Athletic about ordering through them, and thought I'd give it a try. I was having difficulty getting information from other catalogs. I contacted Dekan with the items I was interested in purchasing and was impressed by their speedy reply, willingness to work with us, and their professionalism. I have purchased items from a men's high bar, to strap bar straps, to assorted other items, and I'm now compiling a wish-list for our next order. I appreciate the company's willingness to find me the best deal, to follow up on delivery statuses, and to personally e-mail or call me in regard to orders or questions. I feel fortunate that I found Dekan and their National Sales Director. My program is running smoothly and my kids love every new item we've purchased through them.
Thanks Dekan!"

Sue Visnosky, Gymnastics Coordinator
Greater Susquehanna Valley YMCA
Sunbury, PA

"I've had the pleasure of working with Dekan several times this past year. It was wonderful to get great equipment at such great rates! I also appreciate the way they always follow up to see that the equipment was shipped in a timely fashion and that our needs were met."

Suzanne Fischer
Valley Twisters Gymnastics
Valley City, ND
2013 ND Club of the Year

"I can always count on Dekan Athletic to provide an extremely high level of customer service. They make ordering gymnastics supplies so easy!"

Jane Schrimpf
Altius Gymnastics
Franklin, WI

"Dekan Athletic has been great to work with! Competitive prices and great customer service! I would definitely recommend Dekan for your equipment purchases."

Alan Ponto
Owner, Just Jymnastics
Rapid City, SD

"For the short time that I've worked with Dekan Athletic and their National Sales Director, I have received nothing less than outstanding service. The prices are great, and all it takes is one quick e-mail and the products are at your door in just a few days. It's really convenient and they carry about anything you need. I will continue to work with Dekan in the future for all my gymnastics and fitness needs."

Ric Voorhies
Gym X-treme
Lewis Center, OH


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Dekan Athletic was founded over 30 years ago by George Dekan. George Dekan was an athlete and an inventor. Early in his career, before the development of solid state timing devices, Dekan used his military background as a radar technician and his experience as a high school electronics teacher, to invent and obtain a patent for a 1/100 second Athletic Performance Analyzer which was purchased and used by pro football teams such as the Dallas Cowboys, and Cincinnati Bengals. At that time, George formed the Dekan Timing and Athletic Equipment Corp., which evolved over the years into a premier supplier of Gymnastic and Track and Field equipment. Over the past 30 years Dekan Athletic Equipment Corp. has been the premier supplier of gymnastics and track and field equipment to over 4000 customers including High Schools, Universities, Gymnastic Clubs, and Fitness Organizations across the country.

George Dekan - Founder

Dekan Athletic was founded over 30 years ago by George Dekan. The legacy of George Dekan encompasses a broad range of areas. He began his career as an Industrial Education Teacher and Head Track and Field coach at Glenbard West High School in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, from 1947 to 1965. George’s honors included:

  • Named to the Illinois Track and Cross Country Coaches Association Illinois Hall of Fame
  • Nominated and elected to the Hall of Fame for the Keebler National Invitational Track and Field Championship
  • Received a special award for dedication to the Illinois Athletic Association for Promotion of Girls Track and Field Events
  • 2000 inductee into the Hall of Fame for the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE)
  • One of three inductees into the Hall of Fame for the National Association of High School Athletic Directors who have never been Athletic Directors.

Early in his career, before the development of solid state timing devices, Dekan used his military background as a radar technician and his experience as a high school electronics teacher, to invent and obtain a patent for a 1/100 second Athletic Performance Analyzer which was purchased and used by pro football teams such as the Dallas Cowboys, and Cincinnati Bengals. At that time, George formed the Dekan Timing and Athletic Equipment Corp., which evolved over the years into Dekan Athletic Equipment Corporation a premier supplier of Gymnastic and Track and Field equipment to over 4000 customers including High Schools, Universities, Gymnastic Clubs, and Fitness Organizations across the country.

George has a Bachelors Degree from Northern Illinois University and a Masters Degree from University of Alabama.

Send George an email: george.dekan@Dekanathletic.com

Paul Kalinich – Partner

Paul is currently the Secretary/Treasurer of Dekan Athletic Equipment Corp. For over 50 years, Paul served as an attorney in DuPage County, Illinois. He was a general practitioner involving litigation and general business transactions including arguing an anti-trust case before the United States Supreme Court.

Paul is a graduate of Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, and he also received his J.D. degree from Cornell. Paul was a football player under the tutelage of Coach George Dekan at Glenbard West High School, Glen Ellyn, Illinois. He played college football at Cornell and after graduation, while attending law school, served as a coach of the Cornell football team.

Send Paul an email: paul.kalinich@Dekanathletic.com

Andrea Casula – Office Manager

Andrea joined Dekan Athletic in December 2008 as the coordinator of marketing and sales, and the office manager. Andrea has over 40 years of experience in business administration, office management, graphic design, marketing, and new business development. Andrea helped organize a resource fair in Washington D.C. showcasing products and services for senior level management in the insurance brokerage industry. Andrea also was actively involved in developing sales leads for a large global brokerage firm.

Andrea attended Northern Illinois University and the Insurance School of Chicago.

Send Andrea an email: andrea.casula@Dekanathletic.com