The Smithtown gymnastics team recently participated in a “Kips for Cancer” event at West Islip, raising $1,200 for the American Cancer Society.
For this West Islip invitational, the gymnasium was draped in pink and event and gymnasts were encouraged to wear pink leotards and pink ribbons in their hair and decorate a “march in” T-shirt recognizing a loved one or friend lost to cancer that read “I am kipping for….” They were also asked to bring in a picture of that person, if possible, and to secure sponsors and participate in an optional 15-minute kipathon (kipping pull-ups) to raise money on behalf of the one they were representing. A dedication wall was created for the audience, gymnasts, coaches and judges to place a name or picture of a loved one lost to cancer.
The Suffolk County Gymnastics Coaches Association sponsored Kips for Cancer. Kathleen Eagan is the Smithtown gymnastics head coach.
Courtesy of Smithtown School District Athletics