On Friday, February 16th, the Arizona Gymnasts treated the children of several elementary and middle schools from around Tucson to a fun filled night of excitement. During the course of the season, team members became “Classroom Cats” around Tucson. Each gymnast exchanged letters with children from one of 18 classrooms in the Tucson Area, and on Friday, each of the Classrooms got to meet their fellow “Cat”. The students joined over 1,400 fans to cheer on the Gymcats as they took on Stanford. McKale Center was full of excited cheers, chants, and colorful, handmade posters to help the student’s cheer on their favorite Gymnast. The night culminated with pictures, autographs and a meet and greet session inside McKale Center.
The whole team was thrilled to meet their fellow Classroom Cats after the meet, and can’t wait for the annual event next year. While meeting and taking pictures with her fellow Classroom Cats, sophomore Bree Workman commented, “This is such a great experience, and not just for the kids. It was so exciting to look up in the stands and see much of McKale decorated with signs for our whole team!” The students got to cheer Bree on as she scored a 9.850 on floor, beating her previous score of 9.775.
Although this was the first year of the Classroom Cats’ program, there was a huge response and great support for the Gymcats. The program was created to assist children improve their writing skills, develop relationships with older people whom they may consider role models, and establish an avenue to build their self-esteem. If you or someone you know is a Tucson elementary or middle school teacher and would like to participate in future Classroom Cats activities, please email the Arizona Athletics marketing office at firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to the contact list.