CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Dec. 7, 2007 — The Southeast Missouri State gymnastics program was awarded the Big Brothers Big Sisters – School Based Partner of the Year Dec. 5. This award comes from hard work and dedication by the gymnastics team and Assistant Coach Brogan Evanson
“The credit for this award goes to my students and Coach Brogan,” said Tom Farden, head gymnastics coach. “I know that they provide a unique opportunity for these children that is making a difference in their lives today and beyond.”
Southeast gymnastics has been involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri for the past four years. Each gymnast is matched up with a child (or “little”) from the community that has similar interests and personalities. Brogan sets up an activity each month that includes the gymnasts and their “littles”. They have made gingerbread houses, thrown a Halloween party and spend time playing in the gym. On top of the group meetings, each gymnast spends some individual time with their “little” as they get to know each other on a personal level.
“I am proud of our gymnastics program, and we are honored to receive such a distinguished award,” Farden said.
Kristin Pender, school-based manager for the Big Brothers Big Sisters Southern Region, said Brogan and the Southeast gymnastics team “do an outstanding job. I am proud to be able to work with such great people.”
With the announcement, the Redhawks have been invited to receive their award at a ceremony on Dec. 19 in St. Louis.