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Gym Fundraising From Loss of Coach

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — A gym which employed a now suspected child sex predator is asking the community for help.

Jeff Bettman was arrested in November. He is suspected of taking pictures of students while they were changing at the U-Sports gym. Police say this occurred during a nine year period at gym facilities across Southern Oregon.

Despite what allegedly happened, parents and instructors said they are supporting the gym because of the students. The students no longer have a coach to train with them; many students are traveling out of the Rogue Valley to train and parents are paying more for it.

“We have decided as a team, parents and community to stand united together and be strong and rise above what’s happened,” said president of the U-Sports booster club, Melissa Tally.

“My daughter loves it. It’s what she loves to do,” said parent Alisa Logue. “She loves the people here, they’ve become a second family. It’s just a healthy sport. It taught me a lot. Watching my 10 year-old daughter through this, she’s had such strength, and forgiveness and resilience.”

U-Sports is hosting two upcoming fundraisers. The first one is a dessert social on Saturday, December 8, 2012 at 1:30 p.m. The event will be held at the U-Sports facility at 2051 NW Hawthorne Ave in Grants Pass. Admission to the event is $25 for families, $10 for adults, and $5 for children (4-12); children 3 and younger are free.

The second fundraiser is a pancake breakfast at Applebee’s at 250 Northeast Agness Avenue in Grants Pass. It’s happening on Saturday, December 15, 2012 from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. The guests can enjoy a breakfast plate of pancakes, bacon, orange juice and coffee for $7 per person.

The U-Sports Booster Club is also selling silicone bracelets with the slogan “U-NITY FOR U-SPORTS.” The bracelets are $2 each.