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WMU Holds Flip For Autism Awareness Meet Feb. 26

Courtesy: Kristin Keirns, associate director of athletic media relations
Release: 02/23/2012
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KALAMAZOO, Mich.- The Western Michigan gymnastics team will host its Flip For Autism Awareness meet, taking on Mid-American Conference foe Ball State, Sunday, Feb. 26, at 1 p.m. Admission for all home Bronco gymnastics meets is free.

The Flip For Autism Awareness meet supports the Gymnastics Doctor Autism Foundation, founded by Dr. Larry Nassar. Nassar is the national team physician for the USA Women's Artistic Gymnastics and been a part of the USA Gymnastics national team medical staff since 1986. He has been recognized nationally for his contributions to sports medicine and the sport of gymnastics, as well as his autistic research. Nassar is the father of three, with an autistic daughter, Caroline. More information on his foundation can be found at:

Joining in support of the cause is former Olympian gymnast and World Champion, Chellsie Memmel, who will hold an autograph session at 11:30 a.m. and a special needs demonstration of gymnastics at 12:30 p.m. Memmel was the 2005 World All-Around Champion and member of the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team. With a total of seven World and Olympic medals, she is tied with Shawn Johnson as the fifth most decorated U.S. female gymnast in history.

"This is going to be a great meet, and we are excited to welcome Dr. Nassar and Chellsie, as they help us raise awareness for autism," said WMU head coach Dave Kuzara. "Not only will there be great collegiate competition, but there will be a great atmosphere before during the special needs demonstration. We have supported different causes in the past and this is one that we are really looking forward to being a part of."


11:30 a.m. - Meet former Oylmpian & World Champion Chellsie Memmel
12:30 p.m. - Special Needs Gymnastics Demonstration
1 p.m. - Western Michigan vs. Ball State