First-Ever Autism Awareness Meet Set for Jan. 31 vs. MSU

January 16, 2014

By Brad Rudner  | Courtesy


The University of Michigan women’s gymnastics team announced Thursday (Jan. 16) that its meet on Friday, Jan. 31, vs. Michigan State will be the team’s inaugural Autism Awareness Meet. The competition will begin at 7 p.m. inside Crisler Center.

“We look at this meet as an educational opportunity and learning experience for everyone involved,” said head coach Bev Plocki. “Our team has learned so much in these last few weeks. Autism is something that people absolutely need to become more aware of because the statistics are incredible. This is an important event for us and one that we’re happy to be doing.”

To educate fans, tables will be set up on the concourse with pamphlets and handouts containing information about autism while the U-M gymnasts will appear on the Crisler Center videoboards throughout the competition mentioning facts and statistics. Men’s gymnast and U.S. Olympian Sam Mikulak will also be on hand to sign autographs from 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Fans are encouraged to be in their seats up to 25 minutes before the start of the meet. After the teams leave the floor following preliminary warm-ups, there will be an exhibition where gymnasts with autism and other special-needs athletes will perform.

The Autism Awareness Meet is one of the many initiatives that student-athletes are participating in through the recently launched Let’s Go Do community service program. Built in partnership with our student-athletes, Let’s Go Do is focused on providing all 31 of our teams a diverse range of meaningful volunteer opportunities in the community. To learn more about this program, please visit

Tickets for the meet are on sale now. To purchase, go to or call (866) 296-MTIX. Free pizza will also be provided to students that attend the meet.


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