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nside USA gymnastics SA Gymnastics started March off with a bang when ille, Fla., hosted a very successful Tyson American Cup on Mar(lh 3. Competing before an enthusiastic crowd and a na 'on ide audience on NBC Sports, the USA's Shawn Johnson and Jonathan Horton captured the prestigious titles ahead of an impressive field that included eight medalists from the 2006 World Championships. We congratulate all of the participants on an exciting event, especially all of the USA Gymnastics athletes who represented the country at the highest level. We would also like to thank all of the volunteers and our partners in Jacksonville for an exceptional event, especially the local gymnastics clubs that attended in force. Legendary coach Bela Karolyi also joined us in Jacksonville to kick off the second annual Tyson Fitness Challenge and the drive to raise $1 million for the Children's Miracle Network by 2008. The Tyson Fitness Challenge has two goals: helping today's kids get more physically fit and helping kids who need help by raising money for the Children's Miracle Network. Geared toward young people ages 4-16, the program is about increasing their fitness activities through the professional environments of the gymnastics clubs, as well as teaching them about a well-balanced diet. The announcement was made at Wolfson Children's Hospital, one of two Children's Miracle Network hospitals in Jacksonville, and we had the opportunity to meet two of the local Miracle children, Whitney Pinson and Saylor Kirkpatrick. Both girls have ties to gymnastics and have been helped by a hospital that is a part of the Children's Miracle Network. Whihley was a competitive gymnast prior to her illness, and Saylor is enrolled in gymnastics classes. Saylor entertained a crowd of media and gym club owners when she performed a forward roll for Karolyi. Spending time with Saylor and Whitney underscored why the fundraising part of the Tyson Fitness Challenge is important and why we hope that the entire gymnastics community will become a part of the initiative this year. These two, and many kids like them, have persevered through some tough times and the assistance they received through their Children's Miracle Network hospitals is making a difference in their lives. USA Gymnastics first began raising funds for the Children's Miracle Network in 2001 as part of National Gymnastics Day, and in that time, we have raised more than $645,000. The Tyson Fitness Challenge became the platform to raise funds in 2006, and the great thing about the Children's Miracle Network is that the funds raised by our gymnasts and gym clubs benefit children right in their own community. The gymnastics community has proven time and again what can be accomplished when we work together for a common goal. Please join me in helping us achieve our goal of $1 million by the summer of 2008. Through this common effort, we will be impacting the lives of many young people. See you in the gym.

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TOP: Bela Karolyi announdng USA Gymnastics goal of raising $1 million totalfor the Children's Miracle Network BOTTOM: Coach Karolyi with Whitney Pinson (L) and Saylor Kirkpatrick (R) PHOTO · WESLEYLESTER

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USA Gymnastics - March/April 2007  

USA Gymnastics - March/April 2007