YOUNG GYMNASTS STRUT THEIR STUFF TO BENEFIT ST. JUDE CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL
By Carolyn Bahm
A group of Tupelo gymnasts are willing to take a tumble for St. Jude Children’s Hospital in Memphis.
From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, the Tupelo Academy of Gymnastics will open its doors for the “Head Over Heels Benefit,” which includes a carnival and cartwheel-a-thon. Homemade goodies, hot dogs and soft drinks also will be available for sale at the concession stand. Admission is $1, and all proceeds are being donated to St. Jude.
Sharon Rogers, president of the parents’ booster group, TAG-Along, said, “These kids are so strong and so healthy, we really feel like we have been blessed. And we want to do something for kids who have a hard time, who have a struggle. We just feel like it’s a worthy cause.”
When the gym last hosted a St. Jude fund-raiser two years ago, the event raised $1,000. This year’s goal is to top that record.
The Head Over Heels Benefit itself will be a treat for families who attend, Rogers said. Carnival events will include a ring toss, beanbag toss, go fishing game, face painting and a cupcake walk, and the games will offer small prizes. These events will be free, but donations will be accepted for St. Jude.
The T.A.G. team gymnasts also will perform a series of gymnastics exhibitions throughout the day. Rogers said the team included six state champions last year.
Children who are T.A.G. students also will compete in different categories to discover who can turn the most cartwheels. Prizes will be awarded.
“We hope to have a lot of participation,” Rogers said. About 50 have signed up to date.
Supporters who cannot attend the benefit can still make donations to this St. Jude fund-raiser event. For details, call 844-6585.