Sokol – the falcon, is a bird who, by his swiftness and energy, symbolizes the active, vigorous, strenuous, real Spartan life, which is the ideal of Sokol programs.
Czech Sokol Organization
First Organization: Founded in 1862 in the Czech lands, which later became Czechoslovakia (now Czech Republic and Slovak Republic), the SOKOL organization continues today in the United States as a vital, thriving entity. Based on founder Dr. Miroslav Tyrs' credo of "A Sound Mind in a Sound Body" the member units of the American Sokol offer physical training in gymnastics and other athletics, as well as providing cultural awareness and family oriented activities. Sokol's first unit in America was started in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1865. Sokol Cedar Rapids was founded in 1873.
Sokol Cedar Rapids
In 1908 The members of Sokol Cedar Rapids built a gymnasium in downtown Cedar Rapids, IA. This facility was used until the historic flood of 2008 damaged the building. In 2009, Sokol Cedar Rapids moved to their current location. Sokol Cedar Rapids is currently holding gymnastics and parkour classes.