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Gymnasts collect sports equipment of underprivileged kids


A group of gymnasts used their flips for a good cause Saturday.  Gymnasts from Inspire Athletics were showing off their skills at the Concord Mall and trying to collect sports equipment for underprivileged kids.  The event was part of National Gymnastics Day.

The girls said they're happy they can help other kids.  "It's important for them to get exercise and have fun with their sports and just enjoy life," said Mallory Walerko.

After the collection drive at the Mall the gymnasts dropped the sports equipment off at Washington Gardens in Elkhart.  It's all going to the Son City Kids Organization, which is group associated with Granger Community Church.  It's a kids program that once a month tries to improve the lives of children living in poverty.  Volunteer Kyle Shoemaker said, "For a lot of these kids their life isn't always easy, dinner might be a bag of chips from a gas station so giving them something that's just fun that they can have of their own is pretty special for them."

If you missed the drive Saturday you can still help.  You can drop off new or used sports equipment at Inspire Athletics at 24615 CR 45, Suite 3 in Elkhart.  You can call them at 574-295-4348.

You can also help Son City Kids.  The group said they are always looking for people or a business to help them feed the kids.  If you can help contact the group by email at  In your email say that you want to help Elkhart Son City Kids.

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