The George Washington gymnastics team completed its annual team building field trip last weekend before volunteering at the annual Buddy Walk for the fourth year in a row.
The Colonials participated in afternoon of team-building exercises formatted around unique outdoor adventure drills such as zip lines, rope courses and climbing exercises at Terrapin Adventures in Savage, Md.
The venue specifically hosts team-building exercises that focus on building trust and confidence among team members while improving communication. There was also a focus on constructively dealing with conflict and restraints while learning how to be productive in a chaotic and stressful environment.
"The day was heavily centered on team building and how the exercises we were doing correlates to how we practice and compete," said senior Betsy Zander. "Many of us had to have the courage to overcome fears and place a large amount of trust in our teammates. Each gymnast played a major role in making suggestions and decisions so we could overcome these challenges and ultimately benefit the team."
Later that same weekend, the Colonials volunteered with the Buddy Walk, which benefits the National Down Syndrome Society, for the fourth consecutive year.
"This was our team's fourth straight year volunteering at the Buddy Walk," said graduate student Kayla Carto. "We did all sorts of activities like racing the children in moon bounces, blowing bubbles, arts and crafts and interacting and learning about animals. These children are some of the kindest and most loveable people on earth and the feeling we get from interacting with them and helping them is priceless."