20-year-old SCSU student-gymnast passes away after sustaining injury


(Photo Courtesy: Coleman Family)

(WTNH) — A 20-year-old Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU) student-athlete passed away on Sunday after sustaining a tragic injury while training at a gym she works at in Hamden.

Melanie Coleman, of Milford, was pursuing a nursing degree while participating on the SCSU gymnastics team, where she was the team captain, the program’s most valuable player and all-state section, according to SCSU Athletics.

Coleman was honored by USA Gymnastics as an All-American Scholar-Athlete and recognized by Women’s Collegiate Gymnastics Association (WGCA) as a Scholastic All-American last year.

“We are heartbroken and stunned by Melanie’s passing. She was an incredibly hard worker and a sweet-spirited young woman. Our thoughts and prayers continue to go out to her family at this time. The SCSU Gymnastics team will miss her greatly though she will always be with us.”

— Head coach Mary Fredericks

PHOTOS: Melanie Coleman

“Melanie was an extraordinary young lady that positively touched all that knew her. Melanie was a true team player, a hard worker and a true pleasure to coach. I’m extremely grateful that I had the opportunity to coach her.”

— Former head coach Jerry Nelson

A GoFundMe.com page has been set-up as well as a meal donations page for her family here.

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