Two Bears Participate in National Gymnastics Day
Courtesy: Cal Athletics  
Release:  09/26/2011

Sept. 26, 2011

BERKELEY - California gymnasts Jeffrey Langenstein and Christian Monteclaro took part in a countrywide movement by partaking in National Gymnastics Day on Sept. 17.

The pair of Bears signed autographs for young fans, assisted junior gymnasts in their cartwheel-a-thon and did some demonstrations for the crowds on hand.

"It was so refreshing to see those kids just enjoying themselves on a sunny day," Langenstein said. "Being in a DI competitive atmosphere all the time, you sometimes forget that we do this sport because we love it! Seeing these kids in their element and showcasing their skills put a huge smile on my face because I remember being just like them!"

California Sports Center (CSC) organized the Bay Area celebration with gymnastics clubs across the nations holding their own events.

"It was a great experience to meet the supporters of Cal gymnastics and the young gymnasts that aspire to compete at the college level," Monteclaro said. "I also had a lot of fun doing demonstrations for the crowd and promoting the sport."

The event was part celebration of gymnastics and part fundraiser with proceeds going to the Children's Miracle Network. Last year CSC donated over $14,000 to Children's Miracle Network, making the club the third-largest contributor in the country, and having the most successful event west of the Mississippi.

The event raised over $14,000 for the Children's Miracle Network. Funds were garnered by a cartwheel-a-thon with kids and adults of all ages and levels performing as many cartwheels as possible in two minutes.

Children's Miracle Network - the alliance of premier hospitals for children - is a non-profit organization dedicated to saving and improving the lives of children by raising funds for children's hospitals across North America.

Also in attendance at the South Bay event were former U.S. Olympic gymnast Kerri Strug, San Jose's mayor Chuck Reed and the San Jose Sharks' mascot Sharkie.

If you would like more information regarding how you can support men's gymnastics student-athletes, call the California Athletic Development Office at 510-642-2427, or click here to make your annual gift.