BRISTOL – The Bristol Future Champions Gymnastics team raised more than $6,000 "Cart Wheeling for a Cause" to help cure childhood cancer.
The money was raised at the 2022 Alex's Lemonade Invitational at the All Stars Gymnastics Academy in Windsor.
Alex's Lemonade stand is a charity with a mission to raise awareness of childhood cancer causes and support the researching of new treatments and cures. The charity encourages children to get involved and help make a difference.
Assistant Coach Jennifer St. Germain organized a cartwheel-a-thon to collect donations to Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation at the gymnastics meet.
Head Coach Jessica Morelli said Bristol FCG raised a record $6,029 through donations collected by individual team and class members this year. In 2020, Bristol FCG raised $3,300 for Alex's Lemonade Stand.
“We are extremely proud and amazed of our athletes' commitment to the cartwheel-a-thon," Morelli said. “Our gymnasts and families have big hearts at FCG. The coaches and the whole organization are very proud of all the girls and families that took the time to make a difference and participate in this fundraiser for such an important cause.”
This is the sixth year that Bristol FCG has participated at this invitational event. Morelli said the girls look forward to participating again next year and aim to continue to increase their donation amount.
Bristol FCG will be hosting the 2022 CT AAU District Championship April 23 and 24 at the Boys & Girls Club of Bristol Family Center at 255 West St. In addition, 11 gymnasts from Bristol FCG will be traveling to Springfield, IL in June to compete at the National Level.
"We wish all our athletes the best of luck on the rest of their season," Morelli said.
In the team competition at the Invitational, Bristol FCG placed first in the Xcel Silver and Gold Divisions, second in the Xcel Platinum Division and third in the Xcel Bronze Division.
Several Bristol FCG gymnasts took home first place victories as well.
In the Xcel Diamond Division, Emma Kimball won the floor competition.
In the Xcel Gold Division, Kayla Lam took first in both the bars and floor, Jozie Hamm won the beam and all-around, Mia Nadeau took first in the floor exercise and Allison Craig took first in the beam and all-around competitions.
In the Xcel Silver Division, Makenna took first place in the bars, beam, floor and all-around competitions, Italia Myers won the vault, floor and all-around, Tesla McCool took first in the vault, beam and all-around, Emily Adamo won the beam, floor and all-around and Madalyn Howland took first place in the bars.
In the Xcel Bronze Division, Guiliana Matos won the floor and all-around competitions, Keisha Smith and Olivia Guenther both won on the vault, Hope Williams took first in the bars, floor and all-around and Phynix Clark won the vault and beam.
Bristol FCG is a division of the Bristol Boys & Girls Club.
For more information on Bristol Future Champions Gymnastics, including their summer classes and skills club, visit bristolfcgymnastics.com. For more information on Alex’s Lemonade Stand, visit alexslemonade.org.
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or email@example.com.