Cheerleading Squad Raises Money, Awareness and Hope during the Seventh Annual Cheer For Charity
Wednesday, April 18, 2012 - Wilmington, DE
The 2012 Universal Cheerleading Association Small Coed Division II National Champion Wilmington University cheerleading squad performed a modified version of its winning routine to a group of 2,000 spectators, capping the first day of action at the Seventh Annual Cheer For Charity Event at the Chase Center on February 18.
The Wildcats hung around for the second day of action and volunteered their time to help run and operate the event for the school and recreation teams that performed on Sunday, February 19. Ranging from the age of six through 18, 31 teams performed during the first session while a handful of Catholic Youth Ministry teams and more than 20 high school and college programs came out to take part in the second session of the charity event on Sunday.
“I have been able to participate in the event since it started and it absolutely amazing to see how much it has grown and to see the number of athletes who come out to support the charity,” one of the 2012 cheerleading captains, Stacy Eby, who was able to participate at the event said. “Being able to help in the event was honoring because this event definitely stands for something but being able to perform in it is even more rewarding. Not only did we get to do a performance one more time as a team, but we were able to see all of those kids out there who look up to college cheerleading and want to be where we are one day.”
Saturday boasted more than 140 teams each featuring combined all-star teams from all over the tri-state area. During the two-day event, teams from Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia competed and raised more than $35,000 for the Nemours/Alfred I. DuPont Hospital for Children of Wilmington.
The teams did not compete against a set score like a typical cheerleading competition but were organized into brackets to compete against other teams, forming a clear-cut winner in each division.
Head coach and event director Jeff Martino has been at the helm of the charity for all seven years and enjoys being able to help the hospital year in and year out.
Martino reflected on the relationship the team, school and community have with the hospital. “We are blessed to have the hospital in our backyard that continues to help the community, obviously with all they do for the children, but it’s great to be able to give back and have such a great relationship with the hospital.”
This Seventh Annual Cheer for Charity Event is the latest fundraiser that was held to continue supporting a $250,000 pledge made by CFC to help the Nemours/Alfred I. DuPont Hospital for Children build a new pediatric intensive care unit. In four years, Cheer for Charity has raised more than $125,000. Sponsors of the 2012 competition included Tiffin Mats, Champion Trophies, Insta Signs Plus and ZZ House Design Studio.
For more information on the Cheer for Charity, please visit its official website at cheerforcharity.net