BATON ROUGE – The LSU gymnastics team participated in the “Wheels to Succeed” bike race event sponsored by the McMains Children’s Developmental Center on Saturday outside the Natatorium on campus.
The bike race featured children with and without disabilities in a fun and encouraging environment.
The gymnasts took part in the event by passing out snacks, water, helmets and LSU temporary tattoos to participants. They also cheered on the kids during the races and handed out medals and trophies at the end.
"It was such an inspirational day to be able to cheer on the children and hand out trophies and see how happy they were,” junior Rheagan Courville said. “It also shows you how much of a difference you are making.”
Wheels to Succeed works throughout southern Louisiana to increase community involvement of children with physical disabilities.
The McMains Children’s Developmental Center helps children in the Greater Baton Rouge area with cerebral palsy and other disabilities such as motor delays, sensory processing disorders, severe speech and learning disabilities, ADHD and autism.
LSU resumes fall practice this week in preparation for the Gymnastics 101 exhibition meet at 7 p.m. CT on Dec. 18 inside the Maravich Center. The Tigers will open the season on Jan. 10 when LSU hosts Centenary at 7 p.m. in the Maravich Center.