Cheerleading minis take to field
By Robin Scott
Last week more than 90 girls from age 4 through the 3rd grade met at Dalhart High School to learn cheers from the Junior Varsity Cheerleading team. The girls then donned purple and gold for last Friday’s game against the Dumas Demons.
Pigtails and pompoms complimented each little girl. Together they marched out to the track adjacent to the field to cheer for the crowd of Golden Wolves fans. The numbers of fans were greatly enlarged as friends and family of each little girl filled the stands.
The mini cheer camp is an annual fundraising event sponsored by the DHS Cheerleaders. The Junior Varsity Cheer squad meets with the participants after school for three days in preparation of cheering at a home game. The cost to each girl goes into a fund that supports the Cheerleading program. The girls are provided with snacks each day and a coveted set of pompoms. Their families provided the uniforms worn by each of the girls.
The Junior Varsity Cheer Squad and the Mini Cheer Squad cheered together during the first quarter of Friday’s game. The cute factor of the event far outweighed any mistakes the girls might have made or any lack of focus the youngest girls experience. One mother of a four-year-old commented, “We have looked forward to this for an entire year and we will be back next year. It’s every little girl’s dream to put on a cheerleading outfit and get a set of pompoms, and this program offers that to all of these kids. They may find out they don’t really like cheerleading or they may get hooked.”
Another little four-year-old girl stated, “I liked wearing my uniform and walking out to cheer for my mommy and my daddy. I did good!” The program provides an experience far beyond learning a few cheers. The girls discover that they have the courage to walk out in front of hundreds of fans. They have to attend the practices, so they learn about participation, team membership and dedication. They are a welcome addition to the football games each year and will likely be around for many years to come. One of the Junior Varsity Cheerleaders mentioned, “I attended the camp in the 3rd grade and I knew then that I was going to become a cheerleader. I couldn’t wait to become old enough to try out for real.”