Cartwheel-A-Thons to Help Raise Money

July 20, 2005

Contact: Angela Heisel (505) 272-3651;Jenny Savage (505) 272-3690


It's a whole new way for those who are agile and energetic enough to help raise money and awareness for children across the country. In celebration of National Gymnastics Day on August 6, 2005 , Fundamentals Gym of Albuquerque, Gym Magic Gymnastics of Las Cruces, and Dust Devil Gymnastics of Deming will hold cartwheel-a-thons and an open house to benefit the UNM Children's Hospital and New Mexico 's Children's Miracle Network.

"National Gymnastics Day has become a celebration of the many benefits our sport has to offer," said Steve Penny, USA Gymnastics CEO. "Five years of continuous success and growth in supporting the Children's Miracle Network is an example of the power of the gymnastics industry working together."

This year, gymnastics legends Mary Lou Retton and Bela Karolyi will join USA Gymnastics and its member clubs in support of the Children's Miracle Network. The intent of National Gymnastics Day has been to promote the ideals of physical fitness and community service to youth nationwide. By hosting cartwheel-a-thons and open house activities across the country, USA gymnastics clubs have contributed more than $379,000 to the Children's Miracle Network.

UNM Children's Hospital serves more than 57, 000 New Mexico children every year. The hospital offers the most comprehensive care for children available in New Mexico , and has the highest level of intensive care for children suffering from an illness or injury. Pediatric physicians specialize in many areas, including pediatric surgery, neonatology, oncology, cardiology, pulmonary and much more.

For more information on the cartwheel-a-thons, contact Carol at Fundamentals Gym of Albuquerque, 265-1549, Nancy at Gym Magic Gymnastics of Las Cruces at 664-3493, or Erma at Dust Devils Gymnastics of Deming, 546-0423.

Contact: Angela Heisel, 272-3322

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