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Adventures With a Very Popular Mascot

By Alex Shultz On September - 28 - 2009

Portions of this article previously appeared on www.vype.com.dfw

On Saturday, I volunteered at a sports expo to earn community services hours for NHS (a club at my high school).

Basically, the expo was a bunch of sports groups encouraging kids (and some adults) to be active and join different organizations. I saw the SMU football and basketball teams, various volleyball squads, a cheerleading group that took themselves far too seriously (I shall not name them), and the gymnastics group who trained gold-medal winner Nastia Lukin.

The girls that performed from that group were 11 years old, some younger, and they were doing stunts that most grown men couldn’t even attempt.

Handstands for 30 seconds straight? Check. Pushups while intermittently clapping their hands? Check. Contorting their bodies into positions that I didn’t think were humanly possible? Double check.

Apparently, these youngsters train for six hours a day to prepare for the Olympics. That’s usually more than I sleep on any given school night.

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