FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The Arkansas gymnastics team participated in the ALS Walk to Defeat Lou Gehrig Disease on Saturday morning at the Compton Gardens in Bentonville.

Working with the ALS Association Arkansas Chapter, the team helped place signs along the walking trail and then participated in the 10-minute walk to help raise awareness and to support ALS in its fight to defeat Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

“Our team was honored to be a part of this walk and bring awareness to this terrible disease,” head coach Mark Cook said.

As the association’s largest annual event, funds raised from the walk helps support people living with ALS and their loved ones in Arkansas, in addition to maintaining local chapters that sustain care services and support research. It is one of more than 180 walks that take place in communities across the nation from February through November.

So far this year, more than 60,000 people have participated in a local walk, raising more than $11 million to help in the fight against ALS. Since its inception in 2000, the Walk to Defeat ALS has raised more than $250 million.