WHAT: Make-A-Wish kid Joselin, age 6, will attend team practice, learn a floor routine and perform with the team. The defending NCAA Champion UCLA Women’s Gymnastics team, coached by legendary head coach Miss Val, along with volunteer assistant coach and Olympic gold medalist Jordyn Wieber, will present the “gold” medal to wish kid Joselin to celebrate the 10,000th wish granted in LA.
WHERE: Yates Gym - John Wooden Center
WHO: Wish kid Joselin suffers from a gastrointestinal disorder since birth. Despite having a permanent port to receive daily nutrition that typically takes 8 hours, she attends weekly gymnastics classes. Joselin got her love of gymnastics from her older sister and according to her Dad, “is a warrior” despite her health challenges. She is thrilled to get the opportunity to practice with the UCLA Gymnastics Team and get her wish to be a gymnast.
A cancer survivor, Valorie “Miss Val” Kondos Field is in her final year of coaching a team she has transformed into one the country’s elite programs. Jordyn Wieber is one of the “Fierce Five” who won gold at the 2012 Summer Olympics, along with UCLA junior Kyla Ross. Junior Madison Kocian won team gold with the “Final Five” and uneven bars silver at the 2016 Olympics.
WHEN: Wednesday, February 13, 2019
Make-A-Wish Greater Los Angeles 10,000th Wish Media Hits
Los Angeles Times
About Make-A-Wish Greater Los Angeles
Founded in 1983, Make-A-Wish Greater Los Angeles creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. The LA chapter has granted nearly 10,000 wishes to children in Los Angeles County. The chapter grants approximately 300 wishes each year, and facilitates nearly as many wishes for children from all over the world whose wish is to come to Los Angeles. For more information, visit www.la.wish.org.
Make-A-Wish Greater Los Angeles is an independent 501(c)(3) that is part of Make-A-Wish America, a national organization that oversees 60 chapters across the country. Make-A-Wish America is one of the world's leading children's charities, serving children in every community in the United States and its territories.
About UCLA Gymnastics
UCLA Gymnastics is coached by Head Coach Valorie Kondos Field in her 29th and final season. Kondos Field has led UCLA to all seven of its NCAA Championships, including the most recent in 2018. The gymnastics program is one of 25 intercollegiate sports at UCLA, which has won a total of 116 NCAA team Championships and has produced over 250 Olympic medalists. For more information, visit www.uclabruins.com.