USA Gymnastics: Allow Bailee Iorg compete in gymnastics
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USA Gymnastics: Allow Bailee Iorg compete in gymnastics

    1. Jen Reeves
    2. Petition by

      Jen Reeves

      Columbia, MO

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May 2013

Victory

Thanks to your support and the support of Bailee's coach, she will have the chance to compete with USA Gymnastics. The organization spoke to Bailee's gymnastics coach and he was given the green light to turn in an application. Bailee recorded a video showing off her skills to make sure the organization is aware of all of her abilities. Go Bailee! Have fun!

Bailee Iorg was born with a lower leg difference and needs to use a prosthetic leg. That should not prevent her from being able to compete in gymnastics!

Bailee was featured in a news story on WBIR-TV in Knoxville, Tennessee on May 15, 2013. Her story was reshared at other television stations across the country. In the news piece, Bailee's gymnastics coach explains USA Gymnastics does not have rules for or against the use of prosthetics in competition. For now, the organization is reviewing Bailee's case to decide if she can compete.

This petition was created to help the growing number of people who know Bailee deserves to compete!

In Bailee's words, "Instead of being lazy and sitting on the couch like most people would do and tell their mom and dad, 'Well I can't do it because of my fake leg' and then their moms and dads go, 'Awww yeah, you can't do it.' Instead saying, 'Mom and dad, I want to do this, I want to do that.'"

Bailee wants to compete! Let's rally for her and help future kids know they can too!

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Declaring Victory!

      Jen Reeves
      Petition Organizer

      Thanks to your support and the support of Bailee's coach, she will have the chance to compete with USA Gymnastics. The organization spoke to Bailee's gymnastics coach and he was given the green light to turn in an application. Bailee recorded a video showing off her skills to make sure the organization is aware of all of her abilities. Go Bailee! Have fun!

    2. 500+ Signatures and a Big Week for Bailee

      Jen Reeves
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you to everyone for being incredible support for Bailee and her family.

      Although USA Gymnastics has issued a statement supporting Bailee, the family has more questions that we hope can be clarified with the strength of this petition.

      In the meantime, Bailee is going to work with her gym to submit a video to USA Gymnastics Level 4. The organization's website says that means:
      "The Developmental Levels 1 through 4 may be used as a non-competitive and achievement-oriented program for use within a gym’s pre-team program, or they may be used as an introductory/recreational competitive program. States may also offer State Championships for these levels."

      I've had the chance to talk to Bailee's mom a few times since this petition launched. She wanted to share a HUGE "thank you" to you and also Shriner's. Bailee is sponsored by the Kerbela Shriners and her prosthetic leg is made through the Shriners Hospital in Lexington, KY:

    3. Response from Susan Jacobson at USA Gymnastics

      Jen Reeves
      Petition Organizer

      I just received a note from USA Gymnastics' Susan Jacobson who is in charge of the organization's tumbling and trampoline division.

      She writes:

      "USA Gymnastics applauds Bailee Iorg for her determination, drive and “can do” attitude, not only regarding gymnastics but also life in general. USA Gymnastics does not have a policy that precludes an athlete with a prosthetic device from competing; however we plan to monitor and address any areas of concern. We trust that Bailee and her coaches will monitor her skill level and capability to determine her competitive readiness and wish Bailee the best of luck as she pursues her athletic dreams."

      I've reached out to Bailee's parents and I'm asking them to help us better explain their concerns and how we can continue to help them.

    4. Decision-maker Susan Jacobson responds:

      Susan Jacobson

      USA Gymnastics applauds Bailee Iorg for her determination, drive and “can do” attitude, not only regarding gymnastics but also life in general. USA Gymnastics does not have a policy that precludes an athlete with a prosthetic device from...


    5. 400+ Signatures for Bailee Iorg!

      Jen Reeves
      Petition Organizer

      I am so thrilled and honored to be a part of this campaign to encourage USA Gymnastics to allow Bailee to compete in gymnastics competitions. As the founder of the Born Just Right community ( http://bornjustright.com ), I've been lucky to meet all kinds of kids, adults and families with connections to the special needs world. These kids are incredible and if we encourage them, they can do anything!

      Today, our petition to Bailee passed the 400 signature mark. It was even mentioned on WBIR-TV last night! I have the goal of at least 1,000 in the next week. Please spread the word. We will help Bailee's dreams come true and make sure all kinds of limb different kids have the same chance in the future.

      Take care,
      Jen Lee Reeves
      bornjustright.com

      Born Just Right

      Every child is born just right. This site is a place where parents can come to share stories, read stories and feel safe as we all learn how to be parent advocates for our kids. It's a wild ride that is best experienced when you lean on others and get the support you need.

    6. Reached 250 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Jeff Cravens KNOXVILLE, TN
      • over 1 year ago

      Why would anyone stand in the way of this courageous little girl?

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    • cindy johnson EDMOND, OK
      • over 1 year ago

      As a parent of a daughter born with out her forearm and hand. My daughter was a talented fast pitch pitcher! She played on travel teams and was even named Miss NSA World Series in 2005 ...she never would say can't..... she never let anyone else tell her she couldn't ...she would prove them wrong 100% of the time! I guarantee this little girl will be great if that is what she loves to do! I believe!!

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    • Angie Wagler ODON, IN
      • over 1 year ago

      My daughter is also a below the knee amputee

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    • Jennifer Zitzke ROSCOE, IL
      • over 1 year ago

      It would be nice to see ALL types of people no matter their advatages or disadvantages compete and represent America.

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    • Elizabeth Strong ACWORTH, GA
      • over 1 year ago

      You go girl

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