In 1994 with a budget of $20,000, an all-volunteer staff, and less than 400 paid registrants the Houston National Invitational offered its first cash prize for the Open Team Cup. With a reputation for being a well-organized meet that prioritized the athletes, the HNI grew into one of the largest and most respect ed meets in America. The women’s meet was added in 1999. Then in 2004 a Trampoline and Tumbling competition was added. It was also in 2004 that the first of many international teams made the long journey to compete at HNI.
As of 2017 the Houston National Invitational has hosted teams from over 13 countries and 30 states, with an average of 3,500 athletes participating in three major events. HNI is among the t op three largest gymnastics meets in the USA. Even as the expenses associated with hosting such a prestigious event have increased, HNI is extremely proud to have continued to offer cash prizes averaging more than $50,000 each year in support of thousands of dedicat ed athletes. Though the operating budget of the 2018 HNI meet is twenty five times that of its 1994 budget, it is still entirely staffed by volunteers. Some 400 plus family and friends of the Houston Gymnastics Center (HGC), HNI’s host facility, contribute upwards of 15,000 volunteer hours to run what is recognized as a premier international competition. We are humbled by, and grateful for, the hard work and loyalty of our HGC families and the families of Iron Cross Gymnastics. With a financial contribution to the Houston Gymnastics Center Development Fund you will be joining our selfless volunteers, dedicated athletes and international fans in their continued support of the Houston National Invitational.