Special Olympics with Temple Gymnastics


Saturday, March 10th, McGonigle Hall- The inaugural Special Olympics Gymnastics Invitational took place at Temple University and it was a great success. Members from both the Temple Women's and Men's gymnastics teams helped run the event with Special Olympics Philadelphia.

This was primarily made possible through the driving forces of Philadelphia's Special Olympics Gymnastics head coach, Katharine Wenocur, her assistant coach, Ariel Mankin, and Special Olympics Sports director Michelle Cordell. These three along with Temple Women's head coach, Umme Beasley, and Temple Men's head coach, Jesse Kitzen-Abelson, planned the details of the event. The team members from each program along with close family and friends of the gymnastics community, helped put on a memorable event for the stellar gymnasts.

Former club member, Antonio Almeda-Lopez was grateful to be a part of the action on Saturday. "It was such an honor to be a volunteer-judge at this year's first Special Olympics Pennsylvania-Philadelphia Invitational. I was so thrilled and inspired by the countless amount of smiles and encouragement. Gymnastics is truly a sport that can bring a large group of individuals together, and I am proud that I am a part of this community." Almeda-Lopez (pictured above) helped judge the boys' floor, parallel bar, and high bar routines