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Where and when is the event with Laurie Hernandez?
The event with Laurie Hernandez will take place at:
Laurie Hernandez @ American Academy Gymnastics
Sunday, November 4, 2018
American Academy Gymnastics
1845 Raymond Dr
Northbrook, IL 60062
Can anyone participate in this fundraiser with Laurie Hernandez?
YES! Everyone can participate!
Will I be in a clinic with equally skilled gymnasts?
Yes! The clinics with Laurie will be grouped by talent level so you’ll be in a clinic group with equally skilled gymnasts!
What are we fundraising for?
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.
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.
Special Olympics is the leading voice in raising awareness about the abilities of people with intellectual disabilities.
Through sports, we showcase 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.
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!
How do I get to have lunch with Laurie Hernandez?
The top 10 overall fundraisers will attend a private lunch with Laurie immediately following the fundraising event. The top 2 fundraisers will sit right next to Laurie!
How do I meet Laurie for pictures and autographs?
Everyone who raises a minimum of $250 meets Laurie for pictures and autographs! Bring something special for Laurie to sign!
How do I get to have a private gymnastic clinic with Laurie Hernandez?
All gymnasts raising $125 will participate in a separate private clinic with Laurie.
The top 30 overall fundraisers will get to participate in an additional private gymnastic clinic with Laurie Hernandez.
When is the fundraising deadline?
Fundraising ends Wednesday, October 31, 2018 at 11:59 pm Central.
Are there any other prizes associated with this fundraiser?
We will be holding weekly fundraising contests for additional prizes. Check the fundraising website often!
Check out our fantastic prize lineup (with dollar amounts that must be raised to win each prize):
Raise money, help others, and score awesome prizes. It’s a win-win-win!
- $125: Attend a gymnastics clinic with Laurie, and receive an event wristband.
- $250: Meet Laurie for pictures, autographs and Q&A session. One parent or guardian is welcome!
- $500: Original artist’s rendering poster of Laurie.
- $1000: Laurie will present you a signed Certificate of Fundraising Excellence during the Q&A session.
- $1,500: You’re taking home a snazzy trophy to show the world that you’re a fundraising CHAMPION! Laurie will autograph and personally present your new hardware.
- $2,000: Bring an extra guest to the event – whoever you like!
- $3,000: Attend a private Rio Olympics roundtable discussion with Laurie. Learn about the Olympics from an Olympian!
- $5,000: Pose alongside Laurie in the official event picture that Laurie will post to her 1.85 million social media followers!
- $12,500: FUNDRAISING GOLD MEDALIST! The all-time individual fundraising record for a Lucas Sports Inc. event is $12,500. Beat this record and Lucas Sports will give you a $1,000 Amazon gift card!
Go for the top! Our top overall fundraisers will win awesome experiences with Laurie!
- Top 30 will participate in a private clinic with Laurie. This is an amazing opportunity to get tips from a world champion gymnast!
- Top 10 will attend a private lunch with Laurie. Bring your questions, your camera, and your appetite!
- Top 2 will attend the private lunch– seated next to Laurie!
When I raise $2,000 what does my guest get to participate in?
You can bring anyone you’d like! Your guest can watch your clinic but not participate in it. Your guest will meet Laurie for pictures and an autograph, and receive the original artist’s rendering poster of Laurie. If you are a top 10 overall fundraiser your guest will attend the lunch with Laurie and will sit at the parent’s and guest table.
I lost my fundraising link! Where can I find it?
Lost your link? NO PROBLEM! Go to https://americanacademygymnasticswithlaurie.org/registered-gymnasts/.
Can someone donate by mail?
How quickly are donations credited to my gymnast fundraising page?
Online donations are credited immediately (allow a few moments for payment processing). Mailed-in donations can take up to a week to be credited.
When will I get my incentive prizes?
You’ll receive your incentive prizes at the event with Laurie Hernandez.
What do I do with my fundraising link?
Email or text your link to family and friends and post it to your social media pages.
Can I register the entire family or do they need separate registrations?
Each gymnast must have a separate registration.
How do I log in if I want to update my page?
Go to https://americanacademygymnasticswithlaurie.org/wp-login.php and enter your user name and password. Once you are logged in, you should be on your profile page and can update the information.