Women's Gymnastics Spends Time Helping Other Athletes
Sept. 8, 2010
CHICAGO - While they already know the way around with the gym, the UIC women's gymnastics team spent a recent weekend volunteering on foot, on bicycles and in water as they helped out at a pair of recent triathlons in the city.
On Saturday, August 28th, the squad volunteered at the Chicago Kids Triathlon which took place along Chicago's beautiful lakefront. The event was open to children ages 7-14 and is the largest event of its kind, attracting over 1,000 young athletes.
The UIC student-athletes played an important role by serving as marshals along the bike course and the running course near Foster Ave. Beach.
Head coach Peter Jansson understands the importance of the team helping out at events such as the triathlon.
"As athletes they have always depended on others to volunteer for them as they participated in events, said Jansson. "This is a chance for our team to give back.
Following Saturday's event, the Flames stuck around the beach for a cookout and some team building exercises designed to bring them even closer together as the new season draws near.
On Sunday, the women's gymnastics team was back for another triathlon, this time for the 2010 Chicago Triathlon. During that portion of the weekend, the UIC gymnasts ran a water station along the running course to make sure that competing athletes stayed hydrated with plenty of water and Gatorade.
In addition to running the hydration station, the Flames were able to cheer on their head coach. Jansson participated in the event and placed 73rd in his division with an impressive time of 2:52.52.
"Watching different people from all walks of life overcoming obstacles and having to dig deep to do something is very hard is inspiring to the team.
"Getting the whole team down to the lakefront and watch the sunrise over Lake Michigan is a wonderful way to start the day and a great chance to realize what wonderful opportunities they have because they chose to come to UIC," said Jansson.
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