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Gopher wrestlers teaming up with Smile Network



The University of Minnesota wrestling program is partnering with Smile Network International to benefit children in developing countries who are born with facial deformities such as cleft lips and cleft palates. You can help in this worthy cause and help put new smiles on the faces of these children by making a pledge for every pin a Golden Gopher makes during the 2006-07 season.

The Gopher wrestling team is committed to excellence and winning in the ring, but just as in life, there's more to this commitment. The entire squad and coaching staff is also committed to helping children beyond the boundaries of a ring by helping Smile Network International perform life-changing surgeries.

Smile Network International is a global non-profit, humanitarian organization that provides reconstructive surgeries and related healthcare services to impoverished children and young adults in developing countries.

Every year, thousands of children are born in developing countries with facial deformities such as cleft lips and cleft palates and suffer the humiliation and embarrassment of their disfigurement. These children suffer rejection and social injustices and are frequently hidden away from the mainstream of everyday life.

The Gopher wrestling team is asking for help to assist in making a profound change in the lives of these children whose condition will otherwise go untreated. If you are interested in making a pledge, please fill out the information on the attached form.

Fliers and pledge forms will also be handed out at Minnesota's dual meet against Penn State at the Sports Pavilion at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 21.

For more information about Smile Network International, visit www.smilenetwork.org.
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