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Ding serves as sports commission spokeswoman

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National Collegiate Athletic Association champion Kat Ding will soon serve as the Gwinnett Sports Commission spokeswoman.

Special Photo National Collegiate Athletic Association champion Kat Ding will soon serve as the Gwinnett Sports Commission spokeswoman.

DULUTH -- The Gwinnett Sports Commission has announced a partnership with the National Collegiate Athletic Association's three-time individual champion and team champion Kat Ding.

Ding will serve as a spokeswoman to promote youth sports as well as endorse upcoming sporting events in Gwinnett County. Ding recently completed her final year of athletic eligibility with the University of Georgia Gym Dogs, where she led the team with numerous all-around titles including the coaches' MVP award, postseason vault MVP and postseason bars MVP. In the 2012 NCAA Women's Gymnastics Championships, Ding won the individual title on both floor exercise and uneven bars.

"I am very excited about the chance to team up with the Gwinnett Sports Commission," Ding said. "It's great to be partnering with a program that I firmly believe in where I can help youth in not only Gwinnett County and Georgia, but also the rest of the country, so they can learn the importance of staying active and participating in youth sports."

Ding will be involved in several projects that aim to promote the significance of participating in youth sports. "Hopefully, it will benefit children in our area by showing my support to the subject of health and fitness. It is a good step in the right direction," Ding said. She will also be endorsing several events that will be coming to Gwinnett County over the next year.

"Kat is the epitome of what a student athlete should strive to be," said Stan L. Hall, Executive Director of the Gwinnett Sports Commission. "During her collegiate career, Kat has been a great athlete, a great student and a great role model for kids. Kat is an elite athlete and a hero to many young athletes across the country."

The opportunities available through the Sports Commission will allow Ding to continue to influence young lives, as well as to project a positive image for Gwinnett County that is consistent with the mission statement of the Sports Commission.

"She is the type of athlete that the Gwinnett Sports Commission is honored to associate with," Hall said.