|Albert “Al” Gross is the founder of GT All Sports and the heartbeat behind our operation. His passion and drive are what make GT All Sports a welcoming space for all of us who enjoy sport, community, and connection to those whose passions are similar to our own. To understand the goals driving GTAS, you first must understand who Al is and why he created this great space.|
From a very young age, Al always enjoyed staying physically active through dance, acrobat, and sport. Throughout childhood, adolescence, and into adulthood Al found joy and success as he participated in sports. After joining the St. Petersburg Police Force in 1974, Al made what would prove to be a fateful decision: He signed up for the Police Olympic State Games in 1976. After competing, and winning, his first ever Gold Medal in arm wrestling, Al fell in love with the sport and never looked back. To date, Al has won numerous arm wrestling titles and continues to train and coach others in the sport.
Al’s Armwrestling Titles:
1. Multiple State, National, and International Police Olympic Competitions
2. Professional National Titles in both Standup and Sitdown competition
In addition to Al’s dedication to the sport of arm wrestling, he enjoys hobbies such as bicycling, hiking, scuba diving, canoeing, boating, and disc golf. It was his passion for arm wrestling and his love of all things sports and outdoors that drove Al to create GTAS in 2012.
|What Al wanted was a place to go where you can find others who love arm wrestling, find training locations, and get connected to community and events near you that involve the sport or activity you love. Since 2012, GTAS has grown from a platform to connect arm wrestlers to one that hosts over 180 groups of varying interests in sports, fitness, health, wellness, spirituality, and more.|
Al’s dream is to see GT All Sports become the number one site for making connections in the activities you enjoy. When you think, “How can I get more involved in (fill in the blank)”, you think GTAS.
Al has committed himself to the success of GTAS whole-heartedly. However, he wouldn’t be where he is today without the love and support of his family. Karen Gross, our Office Manager, is the loving and supportive wife of our founder, Al Gross. Al also has the love and support of a sister, son, daughter, and grandchildren who are all cheering for the success of both Al and GT All Sports. Al also enjoys his involvement at Connect United Methodist Church in Edmond, OK which has inspired our Beliefs & Blessings Categories on site.