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Gymnastics meet provides rare opportunity for young athletes

By          Posted: 02/12/12 7:23pm         

MSU gymnastics’ 193.875-193.475 victory over Pittsburgh kept the Spartan momentum, but it actually was the second gymnastics competition held in Jenison Field House on Saturday.

Before the meet, children from several youth gymnastics programs took the mats to perform in front of the crowd for the Flip for Autism meet, an annual event held to raise money for the disease.

The young gymnasts performed to rounds of applause from the Jenison Field House crowd, and smiles crept across their faces with each positive response.

The event definitely can be considered a success, if only for the experience these children were granted. They likely won’t ever compete in NCAA Division I gymnastics, so to be given the opportunity to perform at Jenison Field House in front of a crowd of people must have been exhilarating for them.

The Flip for Autism event is the second time this season the Spartan gymnasts have come together to give back to the community, and its that type of sentiment that helps build a stronger relationship between the university and the city of East Lansing.

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