WASILLA - Eleven Juneau Youth Football League Cheerleaders recently attended three days of cheer camp, July 14-16, in Wasilla. Girls worked one full day at the Denali gym, working on stunts and tumbling. Then they attended two full days of UCA cheer camp learning and perfecting motions, cheers, chants, dance and stunting.
"The girls worked very hard and definitely learned a lot of new techniques, cheers and stunts to bring back and share with other JFYL cheer squads," Julie Wyatt, Juneau Youth Football League cheer director, said. "The Juneau Squad left camp with a 'Superior' trophy and Spirit Stick. And incoming freshman, Chelsea Kilgore, was named to the All Star Squad."
Wyatt and Carlene Nore, JYFL cheer coach, also attended cheer camp and received certification in Stunt I, Stunt II and Motions and Tumbling.
Nine of the 11 girls attending camp are trying out for the Juneau-Douglas High School football cheerleading squad.
"The training they received will certainly assist the high school cheer squad to regain more recognition, respect and team spirit," Wyatt said. "The theme for this year is 'Bringin' Spirit Back.' We've noticed that high school sports are lacking in team spirit, and we hope to bring back some more support/school spirit for the teams as well as the squad. Cheerleading is a main factor in school spirit, and we hope by improving the cheer image with stronger cheers, dance and stunting that we'll be able to get more fans back into the game and cheering along."
The JYFL cheerleaders raised money to attend camp by selling 600 dozen Krispy Kreme doughnuts over the Fourth of July, two car washes and several 50/50s at the Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall Bingo.
The cheerleaders will be at the first home game of the season on Aug. 16.