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The Salvation Army's Cheerleading Squad To Compete In South Carolina
(February 22, 2013) – Last year The Salvation Army's Boys & Girls Clubs cheerleading squad, better known as simply the Panthers around the Irvington Corps Community Center, participated in their first national competition. They were there representing The Salvation Army Greater Houston Area Command and despite having only come together that same year the young squad was able to win third place. This year, the Panthers are gearing up to once again travel to South Carolina where The Salvation Army annually brings their cheerleading squads from across the country to compete against one another. This time though they've got their hearts set on winning first place.
The only problem, this year again cheer instructor Geneva Roberson is struggling to figure out how she will transport her squad from Houston to South Carolina by March 13th.
"We haven't been able to get any logos or letters on our cheerleading outfits yet. Some of the girls don't even have their uniforms yet. It's a work in progress. We're trying to raise the money to get what we need and to get the Panthers to the competition," she says. "They love it though. They are all so excited to be a part of this squad."
Members of the squad range in age from 6 to 15 years old. Their parents pay $175 per child for them to participate in the Panthers cheerleading squad. Last year, however, the bulk of those funds were used to cover transportation and boarding costs to get the young girls to South Carolina. Currently there are 31 members of the Panthers squad.
"One way or another we'll get our squad to the competition," Roberson attests. "And we're coming home with first place!"
A few of the members of the Panthers cheerleading squad at the Irvington Corps Community Center.
Practicing for the national Salvation Army competition.
All of the members the Panthers are very passionate about their squad.
The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Clubs will also be transporting four boys basketball teams to compete in the national basketball competition in South Carolina.