Children’s bell choir performs for UA’s gymnastics team

By WVUA 23 Reporter Gracie Johnson

The University of Alabama’s Rise Center Bell Choir had a special audience for their performance on Tuesday evening.

Each year, the University of Alabama gymnastics team hosts the bell choir for an afternoon performance and a little fun in the gym following.

The kids started their visit by singing for the gymnasts. Then they are welcomed onto the mats to run and play.

“This is one of our favorite holiday traditions at Rise. It has been going on we think for 29 years. It is amazing,” said Rise Center Director Andi Gillen. “Our families get to come, our children get to come, they get to enjoy the facility and also work on their therapy goals while they’re here. They may not know, but they’re jumping and they’re climbing and they’re communicating so it is just a great time for us with the athletes.”

This event is one that is anticipated all year long by the children and the athletes.

“These kids are so inspiring with everything that they go through and the fact that they can come in here and just let loose and have fun. It’s just an awesome way to end the year,” said senior gymnast Luisa Blanco.

The Rise Center Bell Choir will also perform at its Holiday Open House Thursday, Dec. 15, from 4 to 6 p.m.

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