MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - Though the regular season is still four months away, the West Virginia University gymnastics team already is hard at work in Cary Gym preparing for its first season in the Big 12 Conference.
Second-year coach Jason Butts is excited for his team to be back together in Morgantown and working toward a berth in the national championships. In addition to the work the squad does in the classroom and in Cary Gym, Butts wants his student-athletes to be active leaders within the community.
Today, coach Butts talks to Mountaineer Nation about the team’s new role with the Chestnut Mountain Ranch.
After an enjoyable summer, I’m very happy that the team is all back together in Morgantown. We have a lot of work to accomplish before our 2013 season, and everyone is excited to take that first step.
In addition to joining the Big 12 Conference and continuing the climb toward the top, the team has decided to partner with and support Morgantown’s Chestnut Mountain Ranch, a support shelter for boys and families in crisis. The center provides home and healing, and we believe it is an excellent outlet for families looking for extra help.
Our first project with the Ranch is this weekend’s Chestnut Mountain Mudder. A 3.8 mile obstacle race, the event is set for September 8 at the Ranch, and all proceeds raised will go to support the center’s work.
I’m really excited for the team to get out there and race, though I’m sure not every gymnast is equally as thrilled to run in the mud! Those that opt out of racing will stand along the trail encouraging the participants and their teammates.
Student-athletes lead busy lives – between class, practice, study hall and workouts, little personal time remains. I’m very happy this team has dedicated itself to helping out the boys and families that rely on the Ranch’s services, and we hope to continue to partner with them on more projects down the line.
For more information on Saturday’s Mudder, click HERE
Let’s Go Mountaineers!