MSU Gymnastics Host Penn State for Autism Awareness Meet
Jan. 24, 2014
EAST LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan State women’s gymnastics team welcomes conference rival Penn State this weekend for the fourth-annual ‘Flip For Autism’ Awareness meet on Saturday, Jan. 25 at 2 p.m. Held in Jenison Field House, the meet will feature local gymnasts with special needs and Olympic gold medalist Dominique Moceanu.
“I know the team was not happy about their performance against Pitt last weekends, so I expect to see a motivated, excited team on Saturday,” said head coach Kathie Klages. “From what I have seen in practice this week, I expect to see a major improvement in our team score. Disappointment can be a real motivator and I have seen that this week in the gym. Having Alina (Cartwright) back in the all-around will also bring a more competitive team.”
Fourth Annual 'Flip For Autism' Awareness Meet
“We were the first team in the nation to sponsor this competition,” Klages said. “We do it to raise awareness about how important movement is for cognitive development. We hope to raise money for the Gymnastics Doctor Foundation to assist with research in this area. Dr. Larry Nassar, our team physician, is the head of this foundation and we want to support him in all that he does for Autism Awareness. He takes such great care of the gymnastics team we want to help him in any way that we can.”
The event is held to help raise funds for the Gymnastics Doctor Autism Awareness Foundation, a 501 c 3 non-profit charity supporting research for children with special needs. For more information, visit GDAFoundation.org.
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The Lowdown on the Lions
The Nittany Lions are coached by Jeff Thompson, who enters his fourth season at the helm of Penn State. Last season, MSU was edged by Penn State, 196.700-196.000 in University Park, Pa. Pacing the Spartans was Lisa Burt registering a career-best of 9.925 to tie for first on the balance beam.
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Individually, Big Ten Gymnast to Watch Alina Cartwright is tied for 13th in the nation with her all-around score of 39.275 from the Illinois meet.
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