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Building Leaders Through Service
September 24, 2007

Sept. 24, 2007

NORMAN, Okla. -- Members of the University of Oklahoma women's gymnastics team moved from the gym to the construction site as the squad kicked off its community service drive by volunteering with Habitat for Humanity in Noble on Saturday.

In conjunction with other OU athletes that made appearances throughout the day, the team spent the afternoon volunteering its efforts in all facets of the construction process.

"It's a goal of our team to be very community oriented," said head coach K.J. Kindler. "One of our primary missions as a coaching staff is to make sure the community knows that Oklahoma gymnastics wants to be involved."

The Habitat build was one of many community service efforts the team has planned for the year. A week earlier, the team created a banner that the USA Special Olympics gymnasts will carry with them in the opening ceremonies of the 2007 Special Olympics World Summer Games, held in Shanghai, People's Republic of China, in early October.

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"Last year I was fortunate enough to work with the Special Olympics," said Kindler. "In doing that, I realized how inspiring it is and how motivated and talented those athletes are. We felt that we had a connection there because one of our graduate's brother is a coach for the Special Olympics. Our university team wanted to show our support to the Special Olympians from the United States."

The squad continues their community service campaign next week when they paint bedrooms in one of the local Ronald McDonald houses and also volunteer at the Race for the Cure benefit in early October.

"We can't think of a better way to grow as a team than to volunteer at these events and help the community at the same time," added Kindler.

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