"When I attended Andrews University I was priveldged to be a member of the Gymnics. I was shy, and being on the team helped me to find a family away from home. Most of my social time was with members of the team, and they are still good friends of mine today. In fact, I met the man I married on Gymnics. 

"Another aspect of the team was that I was able to use my athletic talents for Jesus. I learned to be a leader in small group discussions, participated in church services, and I even sang with the group - and I'm not musical. God used gymnastics to grow me into a more outgoing, well-rounded person. I learned that if you love God, you get out of your comfort zone in order to do whatever He asks you to do."

JP Mathis, 1976-1979, Coached by Robert Kalua