2016 Olympic Gold Medalist Laurie Hernandez is coming to American Academy Gymnastics on Sunday, November 4th!

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,

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What We Do

Special 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.

About Us

Through the power of sports, people with 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.

Changing Attitudes

Special Olympics is the leading voice in 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 Involvement

Since 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!
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FUNDRAISING ENDS TONIGHT AT 11:59 pm! SPECIAL INCENTIVE TODAY: Win a Laurie Hernandez photo bomb! You will pose for a perfectly ordinary photo of you with parent… Uh-oh… who is that lurking in the background, flashing a comical expression that makes your ordinary photo extra-ordinary? None other than Olympic Gold Medalist Laurie Hernandez. You’ve been photo

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Last Chance to Double Your Donations up to $500!

Last Chance to Double Your Donations up to $500! Special double opportunity: All on-line donations received from Friday, October 26 through 11:59 pm Tuesday, October 30 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

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WATCH LAURIE HERNANDEZ TRAIN FOR THE OLYMPICS! Following up on her sensational showing at the 2016 Rio Olympics, Laurie has her sights set on Tokyo for 2020. She is back in the gym training. On November 4 she’ll be away from her home gym…. and will train at AAG instead! Here’s an AMAZING opportunity to

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Laurie Hernandez

About Laurie Hernandez

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

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Private Clinic with Laurie Hernandez

The top 30 overall fundraisers will get to participate in an additional private gymnastic clinic with Laurie Hernandez.

Lunch with Laurie

How to attend lunch with Laurie Hernandez

The top 10 overall fundraisers will attend a private lunch with Laurie.