Sheldon Shakes His Shell Tail at 'Avery Zumbathon' Fundraiser

By:Sylvia Petty
April 12, 2012

SOUTHAVEN, Miss. -- Mid-South cheerleaders, tumblers and gymnasts headed to Southaven Arena for “Avery Zumbathon” on Saturday, April 7.

Mississippi RiverKings mascot, Sheldon, also came out to get his Zumba on and to support the fundraiser of a local girl whose life forever changed in January of this year.

Thirteen-year-old Avery Downing was paralyzed while practicing her gymnastics routine at River City Gymnastics in Cordova.

Jessica Clowney, “Avery Zumbathon” Event Coordinator, heard about Avery and her family and wanted to do something to help. She thought it’d be great to get other gymnasts and cheerleaders together to do something nice for this Avery, and what it turned it to was much bigger than she expected.

Clowney’s early fundraising estimates put the event at raising more than $6,000 through the event from people registering to Zumba, buying t-shirts and other donations from Mid-South business and organizations.

For more information on “Avery Zumbathon” or to donate to Avery and her family, you can send an e-mail to averyzumbathon@aol.com and visit the ‘Team Avery’ Facebook Page.

Check out Sheldon getting his Zumba on at the event! http://twitvid.com/USUFL

Brooke Burse, 7, Kaylee Ballard, 7 and McKinnley Ingalls, 7 stretched out with Mississippi RiverKings mascot Sheldon and stopped to smile for a picture before the ‘Avery Zumbathon’ on Saturday, April 7 at Southaven Arena. The event was a fundraiser for 13-year-old local gymnast Avery Downing who was recently paralyzed while practicing her routine in January. Event organizer, Jessica Clowney put an early estimate on the amount the event raised at more than $6,000 for Avery.

Mississippi RiverKings mascot Sheldon took to the stage of the ‘Avery Zumbathon’ fundraiser to get his Zumba on, Saturday, April 7 at Southaven Arena. Sheldon joined other area gymnasts and cheerleaders to raise money for local 13-year-old gymnast Avery Downing, who was paralyzed earlier this year while practicing her routine. Through the registration fee, t-shirt sales and other donations, ‘Avery Zumbathon’ Event Coordinator estimates more than $6,000 was raised for Avery.

Before hitting the stage, Zumba instructors (top row, left to right) Jamie Scarbrough, Bridget Olivent Isbell, Callie Steward, (bottom row, left to right) Karen Scriven, Tosha Mason and Cyndi Wiseman hung out with Mississippi RiverKings mascot Sheldon. The Zumba instructors and Sheldon took part in the ‘Avery Zumbathon’ at Southaven Arena on Saturday, April 7 to help raise money for 13-year-old Avery Downing, a local gymnast paralyzed while practicing her routine in January of this year.
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