“I really like our theme: one team, one focus,” said Cindy Spaulding ’92, assistant coach of the Union College gymnastics team since 1988. “To me, we’re always going to be one team no matter which year it is. If we’re all one team and always keep Christ at the center of our lives, everything is going to be fine.”
Alumni who participated in the Union College gymnastics team will be honored during Homecoming 2015. Long-standing gymnaires are encouraged to come visit their past teammates, view the current program and celebrate their connection with Union and each other.
Spaulding developed her passion for gymnastics during her time at Andrews’ University, when a roommate suggested they try out together. Her petite build and athletic abilities soon secured her a position on the team and she discovered her niche. “I love health and fitness, and for me gymnastics is a way to share what God has done for me by using it as a healthy lifestyle,” she said. “This is my mission field: to teach these kids about Christ through gymnastics.”
Despite being hassled by her family, Spaulding is still as active and dedicated to the team as ever. “You don’t see a lot of people my age on the mats,” she said. “But if a kid doesn’t show up I’ll take their spot so we can keep practicing. I feel as though I was called to do this.”
Throughout the years Spaulding has noticed a team camaraderie that keeps going. “We see a lot of former teammates and they always tell us what good memories they have,” she said. “There’s a lot of trust involved, and we really get to know each other.
If you were involved with the gymnastics team, please contact the Union College Alumni office at alumni [at] ucollege.edu, 402.486.2503 or write to Alumni Office, Union College, 3800 S. 48th St., Lincoln, NE 68506. Come reconnect with your former teammates in 16 months at Homecoming Weekend, April 2-5, 2015.