Sept. 29, 2009
ADA, Okla. - The University of Oklahoma women's gymnastics squad spent Saturday volunteering at the Tyson Fitness Challenge, held at Champion Tumbling & Cheer in Ada, Okla. The event, an eight-session fitness initiative geared to help today's youth achieve healthy, active lifestyles, was one of many across the country in a partnership between USA Gymnastics and Tyson Foods.
In addition to teaching children the benefits of a healthy lifestyle, the Tyson Fitness Challenge also serves as a fundraiser for the Children's Miracle Network. Since partnering in 2001, USA Gymnastics and its clubs across the country have raised more than $1 million for the non-profit organization.
"Not only did we get one of the nation's top women's gymnastics teams to show up at our event, these girls worked hard to make this evening special for the kids," said Karrie Flanagan, co-owner of Champion Tumbling & Cheer. "It was an honor to have these exceptional athletes and young women come and inspire the youth in our community to be physically fit. Coach K.J. Kindler's program runs deeper than just making great athletes, but outstanding individuals too."
A total of 40 kids and 120 spectators were in attendance at the Tyson Fitness Challenge at Champion Tumbling & Cheer, which raised approximately $465 dollars for the Children's Miracle Network.
The reigning Big 12 champions led the participants through a variety of different exercise stations and group activities before entertaining the crowd with a few tumbling passes and signed autographs for those in attendance.
"As a team, we strive to have an active presence in the community and throughout Oklahoma," said head coach K.J. Kindler. "The team knows that it is a role model for these kids and teens all across the region and we want to do everything in our power to support such worthwhile causes."
OU began its official practices on Sept. 18, and opens the season at home against the Florida Gators on Jan. 8.