Karen Schaap, owner of Island Tumblers Gymnastics in Hawaii, shared an inspiring story of community involvement, and we want to share it with you.

Mari Domingo, a 13-year-old Level 8 gymnast at Island Tumblers Gymnastics, orchestrated a food drive in the Hawaii gymnastics community to benefit the Hawaii Food Bank. In late October, with the help of her optional teammates, parents, and the State Chairman Pam Zak, Mari decided to conduct a food drive on behalf of USA Gymnastics Hawaii. She distributed flyers, emailed clubs, rallied the recreational programs, and worked with Zak to coordinate this event. The donations were collected at the 2010 USA Gymnastics Invitational, held Nov. 6-7, 2010.

All the teams from Oahu, Hawaii and Maui participated, even clubs from other islands brought food donations to this event. USA Gymnastics Hawaii donated 567 pounds of food to the Hawaii Food Bank. It truly was an amazing effort from the entire Hawaii gymnastics community and a great way to give back. Karen said, Aca A I am so impressed with this little girl’s efforts to raise awareness, and her continued effort to communicate and pull our gymnastics community together.Aca A

A great community event, just in time for Thanksgiving!