Check out the awesome coaches getting ready to compete and perform at this year’s Coaches Cup and see why they are taking the time to participate.
TOTAL RAISED thru 5.22.19 = $15,173
NORTH COUNTY GYMNASTICS – Raised $12,198
ALEXIS D’SOUZA – Raised $520.00
Top fundraiser: The D’Souza Family ($300) & Danica Pelgrim ($100)/Myrva Hall ($100)
I’m so excited to be competing in Coaches Cup for the second year in a row. This event is such a great opportunity to help children in our community. I will be channeling my inner poison dart frog and I am going to leap to the top of the podium. My routines are equal parts dynamic and ungraceful. But, what I lack in grace, I make up for in style. Join Team Alexis because we’re going to rise to the top and help Gyminny Kids wipe the floor with our other competitors. Donate to my team so we can raise a bunch of money for a great cause!
DANIEL GUNDERT – Raised $1,505.00
Top fundraisers: Alex Dobson ($605) & Joe Skillman ($500)
I am competing to raise funds for a cause dear to my heart. When my youngest son Rocket was born, he spent the first few weeks at Rady’s with a liver defect. During that time, the hospital made the difficult process bearable. We are forever grateful to Children’s Miracle Network for taking good care of our sick newborn. Please help us give back to this wonderful cause. For this event, I have morphed in Marcel the capuchin super monkey. Swing into action, sponsor me and I will deliver a WILD performance that will leave you spinning! Welcome to the Jungle, we’ve got fun and FANGS!!!
Gary Johnson – Raised $2,750.00
Top Fundraisers: Gabriel Avanesian ($2500) & Remi Gundert ($250)
Fundraise for me and I will flip out! I’m feeling fruity this year and want to show you how athletic and docile I still am. Purchase a ticket or donate under Coach Gary🙏
JAMIE PARKS – Raised $90.00
Top Fundraiser: Adrianne Jackson ($50) & Sadye Robbins ($40)
Hello, I am participating in Coaches Cup to help raise money for children in need. Charity and the greatest sport in the world; what a perfect combination! I’m excited to be a lemur this year (like in the movie Madagascar) because I like to move it, move it. Also, I’m excited that I get to be on a team this year with my coworkers. Go NCG Jungle Animals! Join my team so hopefully we can win it again this year. Of course, the biggest win would be reaching our goal of donating $100,000 to Rady Children’s Hospital, so please donate now!
JOY PALMER – Raised $660.00
Top Fundraisers: Madeleine Heikkila ($285) & Eva Fortenberry ($200)
After winning second place last year, I am chasing that first place win this year. I am excited to help out even more this year by donating even more to Rady’s Children’s Hospital. Please help me help others. I will be harnessing my inner pig (my favorite animal) and eating up the competition with my carefree moves. There “ain’t no worries” here as I have been training hard for this event. I started out as a gymnast, then a coach and now back to a gymnast again, it truly is a “circle of life”. I need everyone to help by being part of my team and donating to this amazing cause. I can’t wait to share my performance with you. Oink Oink!
LYSANDER “STITCH” LUANSING – Raised $170.00
Top fundraiser: Julian “Jelo” Garcia ($120) & Janele Bruan ($50)
I wanted to participate to represent my movement styles and encourage kids to become the characters they see in movies and play video games. You should vote for me because I’ve by far got the best beard on the competition. When it comes to style, none of the other athletes can come close to what I got. I should have my own brand of peanut butter I’m so smooth. So be like a toaster, and give that bread. Not for me, but for the young life’s at Rady’s Childrens hospital that will benefit from your kindness and donations. Thank you and see you at the cup
LAUREN PFEIL – Raised $15.00
Top Fundraiser: Marlee Fehrenbach ($15)
This is an outstanding event and I’m so glad I have the opportunity to be apart of something this amazing! I’m very excited to see what everyone comes up with and the best part is that it all go to a great cause! We get to have fun and show off a little then the money I raise all gets donated. I love how everyone is really getting into the theme of being animals and embracing their wild side. Hopefully I will make it swiftly through my routines. Watch me as I soar over to the podium with my fellow gymnast. Join my team to raise money for a great cause and cheer me on during the competition!
MARIA OTA – Raised $900.00
Top fundraisers: Takaaki Ota ($535) & Maristela Souza ($300)
I’m participating in this year’s Coaches Cup as Sonic the Hedgehog! As a former Rady’s Children Hospital patient, I am super excited to finally be able to compete this year with my new and improved hip. Up until last year, I’ve been battling a degenerative bone disease in my right hip which resulted in a hip replacement at the age of 23.Thanks to all the doctors from Rady’s, and other hospitals, for giving me a second chance at gymnastics. Please help me in raising money to give back to the organization that helped many other children like myself in pursuing their dreams and living a healthier life. I look forward to your donations and support, and thank you for choosing team Sonic! 🙂
MATT BAITS – Raised $2,760.00
Top Fundraisers: Gabriel Avanesian ($2,500) & Brennen Escudero ($185)
Me Tarzan me king of jungle. Me swing good high. Tarzan like swing with Jane. She smart smell like flower. Jane help Tarzan train. She make Tarzan prance on balance log. Jungle friends help Tarzan tumble and run fast. Tarzan good at jump over elephant butt.
Daniel say Tarzan win, Tarzan get banana. Tarzan like banana. Tarzan crush competition like elephant dancing on flower. Then Tarzan win. Then Tarzan get banana. Then Tarzan eat banana. Then Tarzan happy.
Tarzan like kids. They make funny face, Tarzan laugh. Tarzan like to laugh. Tarzan want help kids. Help Tarzan so Tarzan help kids and win banana. Then Tarzan laugh, eat banana. Make Tarzan happy.
MATT PENNINGTON – Raised $205.00
Top Fundraiser: Cameron Escudero ($105) & Nandana Rao ($35) / Brian Hayes ($35)
Dear Potential Donor,
I’m so excited to participate in this unique charity fundraiser! It is such a fun way to donate our time and talent toward a great cause. My favorite thing about the event is the way it brings everyone closer together in such a positive and productive manner, from coaches to students and even the community. Many of us are putting several nights a week into our preparation and can’t wait to put on a breathtaking performance of creativity, comedy and sheer skill. Support me and help get this flying squirrel off the ground!
Thank you for your contribution, I hope to see you at the show!
NATHAN DARROW – Raised $645.00
Top Fundraisers: Scarlett Heikkila ($285) & Delaney Burl ($110)
Hello! Gymnastics is such a huge and powerful aspect of my life and has given me so many great life experiences. I love training new things and “finally making it” which is one of the reasons I chose to compete this year. Giving back to those in need by doing something I crave is a win-win situation for me. I want to be able to give the kids at Rady’s the chance to experience the feeling of doing something they love, set goals for themselves, and watch their dreams become a reality. The first step is giving them a chance to fight. Donate for me so we can kick some cancer booty!
OLIN EAVES – Raised $1,125.00
Top fundraisers: Stephen Stanley ($1000) & Robert Eaves ($100)
Last year, participating in the 2018 Coaches Cup was an unforgettable experience. The adrenaline rush of competition in front of a huge crowd was something I hadn’t experienced in a very long time.
As one of the older competitors, I was proud to get a 9.9 from the judges on floor, and I’m looking to better that this year. I will be strategically changing my routines in 2019 to score higher, and perhaps win the all-around.
Donators should pick me because I love gymnastics, I love competing, and I plan on slaying the other competitors with a giant smile on my face.
RODNEY VAN REENEN – Raised $567.00
Top Fundraisers: Madeleine Heikkila ($297) & Mollie Kaull ($95)
My name is Rodney and I am from Cape Town South Africa and I have been touring and preforming around the world for over 30 years. Now that I have my own circus program here at North County Gymnastics I have the opportunity to give back to the kids all that I have learned from my experiences traveling the world and performing in front of thousands. It is my honor and privilege to give kids the confidence to show people what they are really made of. Im performing in this event because it is close to my heart, and because I love to perform. I am coming out of retirement to put on an amazing show, and to raise money for kids that need it. You should donate for me to make a difference!
SAM MOEHLIG – Raised $25.00
Top Fundraiser: Thomas Seguine ($25)
I am doing coaches cup because it stands for so many things. helping children, getting to compete in a gymnastics competition. I grew up as a Gyminny kid. I started classes here when I was 2 years old. I did rec classes till I was 14 I was on the boys team for my entire high school career. I am now a coach here at Gyminny kids. This gym is like a 2nd home to me. It gave me so much more then just tumbling skills, it gave me so much more confidence, belief, and hope for my future. That is way I believe everyone should donate all you can to coaches coach, to give sick kids the same confidence and belief as this sport gave me. I need your help! please join me in my commitment to help raise money for Rady’s Chidren’s hospital!
SAM SCHNEIDER – Raised $100.00
Top Fundraiser: Lisa Schneider ($100)
Hey! My name is Sam Schneider. I have 10 years of gymnastics experience under my belt and I am taking this event very seriously, from both a donating and competition view. My animal for the event will be a gorilla and I am very excited to participate. This will be my first year participating in this event, but that doesn’t mean I can’t win! Rady’s children is an amazing foundation and any donation would be helpful. My goal is to raise over one thousand dollars. Help me reach my goal and most importantly help me help the children that need it. Thanks!
Please donate to Coach Sam!
TRISHA BERNAL – Raised $161.00
Top Fundraiser: Scarlett Heikkila ($110) & Ella Kallay ($51)
Hi! I am coach Trisha. I love handstands, seeing kids learn a new skill they’ve been working hard for, and chocolate. I’m a newbie when it comes to Coaches Cup so honestly, I may not truly realize what I am signing up for. But, I’ve known a lot of kiddos that have needed Rady Children’s Hospital even on a regular basis due to special medical conditions. If me, acting like a goofball in a giraffe costume and tutu, can help illeviate some of the stress during those hard times, than with your help, let’s do it! … and earn a trophie in the process.
POWAY GYMNASTICS – Raised $90.00
CAITLYN MCDONOUGH – Raised $0.00
I’m excited that the fundraiser this year has gotten more gyms and coaches to help raise money Rady’s Children Hospital and that I can be apart of it. I hope I can make a difference and bring any help to reach the 100k goal. For me to accomplish this I can only hope you will make any donation! Each donation is extremely significant and allows us to make change and bring well being to families in need. I know with everyone’s help that this event will succeed greatly and will obtain enough donations to reach and hopefully surpass our goal!
CHEROKEE MCFAYDEN – Raised $25.00
Top fundraiser: Kopal Nema ($25)
I would like to participate in this competition because it’s a great cause. I have recently had a family friend be diagnosed with cancer and I would like to be able to do my part and help out in anyway possible. My grandfather had passed from colon cancer in 2010 and it was hard enough on my family and all his loved ones; so, with this newest diagnosis being a child under the age of eighteen it is hitting a little bit harder. I think this is a great fundraising opportunity that I would like to contribute to as it helps people in need and shows younger people the value in fundraising for an important cause.
JULIA BURMITT – Raised $15.00
Top fundraiser: Kopal Nema ($15)
I want to participate in this event because not only is it going to be a great time for everyone but its for a great cause. I know many kids who are affected by illnesses or disabilities that hinder their day to day life. The idea of being able to make on impact on these kids or just putting a smile on their face is worth it all. You should donate for me because I haven’t done a drop of gymnastics in 8 years and it will be incredibly entertaining to watch me try. After all, I’m just the front desk lady.
MACIE ZIEHE – Raised $0.00
I am super excited to participate in this event! Children’s hospitals hold a very special place in my heart as it is thanks to one that my brother is alive and well today. He used to go to one in Texas at least 3 times a month until he had back surgery three years ago and it is thanks to such amazing staff that he felt at ease and was able to have such a smooth recovery! It has been quite some time since I have been able to compete, and I love a good excuse to show off my very sub-par gymnastics.
SOLOMON KAHN – Raised $0.00
It is very rare that we gymnastics professionals get the opportunity to give back to our communities. So this is a great chance to raise money for an extremely good cause! Please give generously to all the coaches involved in this event… especially ME!
A little about me, I’ve been coaching professionally now for almost 35 years. I competed in gymnastics (mainly as a pommel horse specialist) in Middle School all the way through College. I wasn’t the acrobatic type of gymnast, hence the pommel horse specialty. But I was an athlete and that got me through. Please help support me as an under dog performer in this terrific event!
TONY SALMERI – Raised $50.00
Top fundraiser: Mary Beth Arcidiacono ($50)
Come help me Mr Incredible ( Coach Tony) Reach our goal of raising $100,000.00 for the Rady Children’s Hospital. I Mr Incredible want to help Rady’s with their state of the art care and research Facilities. I am so excited to be performing gymnastics to raise money to assist Rady’s helping children in their needs. Your donations will help patients with needs from rides to therapy sessions to 3D printing of their heart. Mr Incredible wants to challenging every other coach to try to out do me. I will be training every day to ensure me performance matches your donation expectations.
PACIFIC COAST GYMNASTICS – $2,620.00
CARISSA SALVATI – Raised $70.00
Top Fundraisers: Catherine Salvati ($35) & Bryan Salvati ($35)
about competed in the Coaches Cup this year! It is going to be a fun day watching all the coaches compete against each other and brush off old skills! I think that Coaches Cup is a great way to have fun and promote fundraising for a good cause. Please consider donating, even the smallest amount helps our cause, or buy a ticket and come watch us compete! Rady’s Children hospital has saved so many kids and has done some amazing things now it’s our turn to help give back to them!
DANA JENSEN – Raised $380.00
Top Fundraisers: Kinley ($120) & Elin ($100)
Healthy is Happy!
As a former level 10 gymnast, mom to my own 2 gym cuties, and new coach at Pacific Coast Gymnastics I cannot wait to participate in this years Coaches Cup! I am a nutritionist and have trained for various sports over the years… BUT it’s been 16 years since I’ve trained or really done any gymnastics and I have a lot of brushing off to do! Through my participation I hope to raise money for Radys (every donation helps, even $5!) and to encourage EVERYONE to take a positive step (even if it’s scary) for life long health, fitness, and fun! Especially MOM’s!!!
DARIA OSBORN – Raised $0.00
I have been lucky enough to do gymnastics almost my entire life. I started when I was about three years old and continued until I was 17 competing level 10. I want to make it possible for as many children to be able to have these experiences like I was fortunate enough to have. I hope you will donate to me to support this great cause and help as many children be able to live long, healthy and happy lives. Maybe in the future because of your donation, they will be able to sign up for their own gymnastics class.
JESSICA HOFFMAN – Raised $250.00
Top Fundraiser: Libby Jackson ($250)
What better combination than a charity event and gymnastics combined. Gymnastics has always been a passion of mine so I feel so blessed to be able to use this as a means of influencing others and now being able to participate in something to give back to others outside of the gymnastics community. Donate to me if you have ever had a passion for gymnastics and/or giving back to others? 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂
JESSICA KAYVAN – Raised $50.00
Top Fundraiser: Adrianne Jackson ($50)
I am super excited to be participating in the coaches cup this year. This is such a fun event that provides to such an amazing charity. Seeing the gymnastics community come together to help such a deserving charity; as well as, helping deserving patients is my main motivator to participate in this event. I was a competitive gymnast for over 6 years and have the biggest passion for the sport of gymnastics and my athletes. Please help me in contributing to this great cause even if it means breaking my body trying to do gymnastics again 😉 Every donation counts!
LALO HARO – Raised $735.00
Top Fundraiser: Full Circle Funding – Gold Sponsorship ($250) & Noah Kovach ($205)
This year Pacific Coast Gymnastics was invited to join forces and there was no hesitation to help raise funds for those in need. Please help us by donating on my behalf and join us as the Coaches Cup. Coach Sasha and myself will dust off the old grips and put them to work, trust me you won’t be disappointed. I will be competing on all 4 events the floor exercise, vault, uneven bars and the dangerous beam. Are you ready ??? Go Pcg- Go Radys Children’s Hospital !!!
SASHA CUSIMANO – Raised $1,090.00
Top Fundraiser: Janet – Event Sponsorship ($1000) & The Callicoatt Family ($90)
I wanted to participate in this competition for a few reasons. First, I love that we are raising money for a cause that involves children. I work with children everyday and I think it is very important that all children have access to the care they need. Second, I would love to see how much gymnastics I can still pull off 🙂 And lastly I am super excited to have one of my very own gymnasts coach me and see what advice they can give me. I hope they will be able to use some of the tips I have given them throughout their training.
TRISTEN GAMBOA – Raised $45.00
Top Fundraisers: Robin Hill ($25) & Cora Gamboa ($10)/Frank Boensch ($10)
As a gymnast at Pacific Coast for 9 years of my life, a coach for 5 years, and a current gymnast for UC San Diego’s club team, I love gymnastics! I am so excited to join others for the love of the sport and raise money for such an amazing cause. I have been so blessed by the opportunities gymnastics has brought me, and that I was able to pursue my passion for so long. I hope that through this fundraiser, we can raise money for Rady Children’s and encourage kids to pursue their passions, whatever that may be. Please donate! Any donation of any size counts!
THE PEACH PIT
CHRISTINE MILDENBERGER – Raised $160.00
Top Fundraiser: Vin Mendoza ($50) & Elizabeth Miller ($35)
I love the sport of gymnastics so when I saw this event on facebook, I thought, “what better way to use my passion for the sport than to raise money for kids in need?” Plus the idea of a coaches competition has always sounded fun to me so I was so excited when so saw that this existed. I can’t wait to get to represent my gym and use my skill to do something for kids in need. I have done gymnastics for 22 years and have participated in all kinds of competitions but this one may be the one I’m most excited for. 🙂