BRISTOL – The Bristol Future Champions Gymnastics team has raised over $6,000 ‘Cart Wheeling for a Cause’ to help cure childhood cancer.
The money was raised at Alex’s Lemonade Invitational 2022 at All Stars Gymnastics Academy in Windsor.
Alex’s Lemonade Stand is a charity whose mission is to raise awareness of the causes of childhood cancer and support the search for new treatments and cures. The charity encourages children to get involved and help make a difference.
Assistant coach Jennifer St. Germain held a wheel marathon to raise donations for Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation during the gymnastics meet.
Head coach Jessica Morelli said the Bristol FCG raised a record $6,029 from donations raised by individual team and class members this year. In 2020, the 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,” said Morelli. “Our gymnasts and our families have big hearts at FCG. The coaches and the entire organization are very proud of all the girls and their families who have taken 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 taken part in this invitational event. Morelli said the girls look forward to participating again next year and aim to continue increasing their donation amounts.
Bristol FCG will host the 2022 CT AAU District Championship on April 23-24 at the Boys & Girls Club of Bristol Family Center at 255 West St. Additionally, 11 gymnasts from Bristol FCG will travel to Springfield, IL in June to compete at the level national.
“We wish all of our athletes the best of luck for the rest of their season,” Morelli said.
In the Invitational team competition, 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 also won first place.
In the Xcel Diamond division, Emma Kimball won the floor competition.
In the Xcel Gold division, Kayla Lam won first place on bars and floor, Jozie Hamm won beam and all-around, Mia Nadeau won first place on floor exercise and Allison Craig won first place. place in competitions on the balance beam and in the all-around.
In the Xcel Silver Division, Makenna took first place in bars, beam, floor and all-around, Italia Myers won vault, floor and all-around, Tesla McCool won first place on vault, beam and all-around, Emily Adamo won beam, floor and all-around and Madalyn Howland took first place on bars.
In the Xcel Bronze division, Guiliana Matos won the floor and all-around competitions, Keisha Smith and Olivia Guenther both won on vault, Hope Williams won bars, floor and all-around and Phynix Clark won the jump and beam.
Bristol FCG is a division of Bristol Boys & Girls Club.
For more information on Bristol Future Champions Gymnastics, including their summer courses and skills club, visit bristolfcgymnastics.com. For more information about Alex’s lemonade stand, visit alexslemonade.org.
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or [email protected].