Charity Gym Day on January 22

We hope that everyone had a blessed and wonderful holidays with their families. As we all know the gift of giving is the greatest gift of all. We recently found out that one of our Shanghai Gymnastics families has been going through tough times and we will be hosting a Charity Gym Day on January 22nd in the hopes that our amazing community can pull together and make a difference in the lives of these people.

Who are we helping?
Matt and Kari Alligier have been friends since 11 years old and eventually married in 2010. They have 2 beautiful children, MJ and Harlyn. MJ was born with profound hearing loss at birth and has had surgery to get 2 cochlear implants, which have changed his life. Recently, baby Harlyn has also been diagnosed with profound hearing loss. In order to give her the best chance of hearing, she will also need to undergo surgery for 3 cochlear implants. Unfortunately, the surgery is extremely expensive. It is going to cost the family close to 20K USD with further costs for follow up treatments. This has caused much hardship and financial stress to the family.

A message from Kari:
“Our lives have been blessed with two beautiful children, MJ and Harlyn. Though it has been quite a rough road, cochlear implants have completely changed our son’s life. The fact that we can look at him and say “we love you” and for him to hear his favorite songs or read him a book, it’s a miracle and the most indescribable feeling. We want our daughter to have this same advantage and be just as blessed as her brother. MJ is currently in pre-K and is reading and doing amazing in school! We know that with the help from these doctors, this will be Harlyn in 4 years too. It’s a long road ahead, but nothing will stop us from getting there for our baby girl!” 

The Charity Gym Day is for children of all ages and skill levels to come into the gym for a 1 hour session. All proceeds from this event will be going to the Alligier family to help pay for the medical bills for little Harlyn. We sincerely hope that we can all open up our hearts and give Harlyn a chance at a healthy life.

Date: Sunday, January 22nd
1PM – 2PM (First session)
2:15PM – 3:15PM (Second session)
3:30PM – 4:30PM (Third session)
Cost: Each session is 150 rmb
Location: Shanghai Gymnastics Jinqiao (2622 Jinqiao road, #59, building #1)
40 children per session maximum so please send RSVP to

100% of proceeds will go to the Alligier family!