Falcons Come Together For a Cause
Oct. 7, 2009
USAF ACADEMY, Colo. - The members of the Air Force gymnastics program are used to competing in the gym, but on Sunday, Oct. 4, the Falcons came together to compete on a bigger challenge. Members of the men's and women's team took to the streets of downtown Denver to participate in the Susan G. Korman Race for the Cure.
Denver's Race for the Cure is one of nearly 120 such races that take place annually around the United States and in several other countries. The series of races raises significant funds and awareness for the fight against breast cancer, celebrates breast cancer survivorship, and honors those who have lost their battle with the disease.
The 23 members of the Falcons' gymnastics program were some of the 53,849 participants that took part in Denver's 17th running. The race began at Confluence Park and continued around Invesco Field at Mile High, before concluding in the parking lot of the Pepsi Center.
The Falcons' participation was the brainchild of junior Dan Klimkowski, who saw the project as a way to promote bonding between the men's and women's teams and support a cause that affects several members of the squad's friends and loved ones.
"As gymnasts, we focus on bettering ourselves through every day through practice," Klimkowski said. "I thought this would be a great chance to better our community also."
In all, the Falcon racers raised $2,150 for the cause. The race was one of several community service projects that the gymnastics team volunteers with during the season. The Falcons also participate in the "Adopt A School" program, teaching gymnastics to students at Monroe Elementary School.