Oct. 28, 2008
Click here to see photo album from Big Sis/Lil Sis pumpkin painting
Auburn gymnasts are getting into the Halloween spirit this week. The Tigers kicked off the week with the first of three events on Oct. 26 with a Big Sis/Lil' Sis pumpkin-painting event and will participate in the Downtown Trick-or-Treat event on Oct. 30 and will dress up for practice on Oct. 31.
The Tigers hosted a Big Sis/Lil' Sis pumpkin-painting event on Oct. 26, to open the week's festivities. The pumpkins will be given to various groups in the community.
For the past four years, the Big Sis/Lil' Sis mentor program has matched Auburn gymnasts with young gymnasts from the Auburn Gymnastics Academy, owned by Auburn coaches Jeff and Rachelle Thompson.
"It's a great program because the college gymnasts provide the younger gymnasts with encouragement in both academics and gymnastics," said associate head coach Rachelle Thompson.
"We had so much fun painting pumpkins with our little sisters," said senior gymnast Claire Seiffert. "It's always nice when we get together. They really look up to us as role models."
Auburn gymnasts will then team up with the City of Auburn Parks and Recreation Department to help with the seventh annual Downtown Trick-or-Treat on Oct. 30. The gymnasts will be handing out candy and signing autographs from 6-7 p.m. near J&M Bookstore.
"We are really looking forward to helping with the trick-or-treat," said senior gymnast Lindsey Puckett. "We've had so much fun handing out candy and meeting the children in the past. We hope for a good turnout this year."
On Oct. 31, the Tiger gymnasts are celebrating Halloween by dressing up for practice. Each class will come dressed in costumes and the best class of costumes is excused from conditioning.
"They will do anything to get out of conditioning," said Thompson. "It's a good time of the year to bring some competitive fun into the gym that does not revolve around the sport."