Jan. 17, 2007
The Auburn University gymnastics team used its day off to spend some time with patients at the East Alabama Medical Center on Wednesday, one of many community related appearances the girls make throughout the year.
"You could see the patients and employees light up when the team walked in," public relations director John Atkinson said. "They were thrilled to see these girls come out and visit with them, and it really meant a lot. Having Auburn being represented here thrills everyone, just knowing that these girls are here to cheer them up."
Members of the team walked through the halls and visited with patients of all ages. The girls handed out signed posters, media guides, shared stories and a few laughs that seemed to brighten the day of all involved.
No. 16 Auburn will begin SEC action against No. 25 Kentucky at 7 p.m., on Friday at Beard-Eaves-Memorial Coliseum. The meet will be Hunt For The Cure Night in support of the fight against breast cancer. Fans are encouraged to wear pink, as the team hopes to raise awareness for cancer research.
"I think cancer has touched every family in the country, directly or indirectly," Atkinson said. "I think it is really good to see women of their age being an advocate for breast cancer awareness. It speaks volumes both for them as individuals, as well as the university."