American Academy Gymnasts! A gymnastics superstar is coming to our gym! 2016 Olympic Gold Medalist Laurie Hernandez will spend Sunday, November 4 at our gym! You have the opportunity to meet Laurie, win great prizes, and fundraise for the Special Olympics and for new gym equipment. Special Olympics transforms lives through the joy of sport,
What We DoSpecial Olympics transforms lives through the joy of sport, every day, everywhere. We are the world’s largest sports organization for people with intellectual disabilities: with more than 4.9 million athletes in 172 countries -- and over a million volunteers. intellectual disabilities discover new strengths and abilities, skills and success. Our athletes find joy, confidence and fulfillment -- on the playing field and in life. They also inspire people in their communities and elsewhere to open their hearts to a wider world of human talents and potential. raising awareness about the abilities of people with intellectual disabilities.
Through sports, we show7case the skills and dignity of our athletes. We also bring together communities to see and take part in the transformative power of sports. We know the odds our athletes must overcome and the barriers they face every single day. We see this at training events and competitions as our athletes push to beat their personal bests -- and exceed them. Their stories and successes inspire us all.
We believe in a world where there are millions of different abilities but not disabilities. And we're spreading this message everywhere - at big Special Olympics events and small ones.
Youth InvolvementSince Day 1, Special Olympics has been based on the premise that lasting change must start with young people. Every day, we are working together to inspire long-term transformations in the actions and attitudes of the next generation, with the goal of creating a more inclusive world than ever before. Through sports and leadership activities, Special Olympics provides opportunities for young people of all abilities to be leaders in their schools and communities. These leadership activities help students with and without intellectual disabilities find their voices by teaching them to become change agents, striving for respect and inclusion. And sports helps everyone get fitter and healthier -- together!
Win a spot in a private gymnastics clinic with Laurie Hernandez! If you’re serious about gymnastics, you’re looking for every edge you can get to improve your skills. Here’s the ultimate edge: a private training session with Olympic Gold Medalist Laurie Hernandez! Laurie will spend private quality time with a select group of extremely lucky
Double Your Donations up to $500! Special double opportunity: All on-line donations received from Sunday, September 16 through 11:59 pm Thursday, September 20 up to $500 will be automatically doubled! For example: Raise $100 and get credit for $200. Raise $250 and get credit for $500. Raise $500 and get credit for $1,000. This is a GREAT opportunity
Win an autographed copy of Laurie’s book, personally inscribed to you! Just before mounting the beam at the Rio Olympics, Laurie Hernandez whispered to herself, “I got this.” A TV camera captured the moment, and made it immortal. She then nailed the exercise, helping the Final 5 win gold in the all-around. Laurie has written
Who is… Laurie Hernandez Gymnastics Beginnings Lauren Hernandez was born on June 9, 2000 in New Brunswick, NJ. Her parents put their 5-year-old daughter in dance and ballet classes, but it wasn’t holding her attention—her parents had to bribe her with sugar cookies to make her go to class. One day, a more exhilarating sport
The top 30 overall fundraisers will get to participate in an additional private gymnastic clinic with Laurie Hernandez.