Local Olympic gymnast promotes GaitWay - Tucson News Now

Local Olympic gymnast promotes GaitWay

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

A group of young gymnasts heard from one of the best in the business today and she just so happens to be from Tucson. Kerri Strug stopped by a local gym to give advice and promote a local cause.

It was at Old Pueblo Gymnastics Academy near Wrightstown and Pantano where a crowd gathered. In the gym Kerri Strug inspired some and gave hope to others.

Strug became the face of the U.S. gymnastics team back in 1996 after nailing a vault with a bad ankle.

"To be known around the world as this young girl who persevered through an injury and could focus and do what she was supposed to do, in order to assist her team, was definitely one of the highlights of my life," Strug said.

Saturday Strug taught a class and talking to students about dealing with adversity on national gymnastics day. She was also helping GaitWay, a local nonprofit that helps children and adults with disabilities develop motor skills.

Corinne Perez was born with Cerebral palsy. She can't talk enough about how GaitWay has changed her life and made her more independent. Perez says she is so grateful to the gym for donating the proceeds from the event to GaitWay.

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