Friday, August 25, 2017
Neighbors | Abby Slanker.Canfield High School cheerleaders and Kiddie Cheer Camp attendees performed a group dance for family and friends on Aug. 9.
Neighbors | Submitted.The Canfield High School cheerleaders had their annual Kiddie Cheer Camp with approximately 215 girls from pre-K to eighth-grade attending.
Neighbors | Abby Slanker.Attendees of the Canfield High School cheerleaders’ annual Kiddie Cheer Camp watched the CHS cheerleaders perform during the end-of-camp cheer demonstration for family and friends on Aug. 9.
Neighbors | Submitted.On Aug. 9, campers attending the Canfield High School cheerleaders’ annual Kiddie Cheer Camp put on a performance of what they had learned during the week at the parent demonstration.
By ABBY SLANKER
Canfield cardinal spirit reached to the rafters of the high school gym during the Canfield High School cheerleaders’ annual Kiddie Cheer Camp on Aug. 7-9.
Approximately 215 girls from pre-K to eighth-grade attended the camp, under the direction of head cheerleader coach Ashley Gibbs, assistant cheerleader coach Char Rogers, freshman cheerleader coach Alexa Bodine and the high school freshman, junior varsity and varsity cheerleaders.
Campers were divided into age groups and were taught sideline cheers, crowd chants, a band dance, tumbling, jumps and more from the high school cheerleaders.
This year, the theme was All American Cheerleaders, which Williams said was meant to be an inspiration to the young girls.
“The All American Cheerleaders comes from the Varsity Camp our varsity cheerleaders attend. To be selected as an All American Cheerleader is an honor. All American Cheerleaders exhibit qualities, such as sportsmanship, respect, leadership, pride in their school and community and go above and beyond,” Gibbs said.
Each age group was taught a dance and to showcase their talents and what the girls learned at the camp. A performance took place at the end of the third day, during which each group performed cheers and a dance for their parents and fellow attendees. The high school squads also performed for the campers and the audience.
Gibbs welcomed the large audience to the camp-ending show.
“Thank you for coming out today for our parent demonstration. I would like to start by thanking the high school cheerleaders for all their hard work during this camp. This camp would not be possible without you. You have all been a great help. Our theme this year is All American Cheerleaders. You have all exhibited the qualities of an All American Cheerleader this week. Thank you again and enjoy the show,” Gibbs said.
The show started with a group dance of the high school cheerleaders and camp attendees. Next was a performance of all CHS cheerleaders, followed by the performances from each group of campers.
The camp is a fundraiser for the cheer squads and each camper received an All American Cheerleader T-shirt and red, white and blue hair bow.