"The team has been extremely motivated to give back to the community in several charitable endeavors," said head coach Maryann Powers. "They feel blessed, proud and thankful to represent our university as Division I student-athletes. Several team members have asked what we could do to act as role models for young women following our sport. Sophomores, Brittney Kusmierski and Taylor Johnson, have taken on the leadership role to assist me in formulating community service events sponsored by our squad this season."
The acrobatics and tumbling team will walk to raise awareness of Type I diabetes (T1D) and have worked over the past three weeks to reach their goal of $6,000. In their effort to build awareness, members of the team also compiled two videos to assist in reaching their objective and since received over 1,000 views after posting the videos to YouTube.
"Because the JDRF Walk uses an on-line platform to raise both funds and awareness, the team has been extremely competitive to hold down the number one position for collecting monetary donations," said Powers. "If they even see another 'Walk Team' getting close they come out swinging and reach out to our large fan base. Freshman, Allison Hurwitz has led the team and single handedly brought in almost $700.00 of the $5,839.00 we have raised. To date we are just 3% short of our team goal. The squad hopes that by this Sunday the missing 3% will be history!"
T1D is an autoimmune disease in which a person's pancreas stops producing insulin—a hormone essential to the ability to get energy from food. It strikes both children and adults suddenly and changes life as they know it forever. T1D causes lifelong dependence on injected or pumped insulin and carries the constant threat of complications. T1D cannot be prevented and there is no cure.
The goal of JDRF research is to improve the lives of all people affected by T1D by accelerating progress on the most promising opportunities for curing, better treating, and preventing T1D. Every dollar made by the acrobatics and tumbling team will go directly to JDRF in hopes to find a cure for T1D.
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