Wareham Vikings cheer squad headed to national competition after excellent season
A Wareham Pop Warner Junior Vikings cheerleading squad earned a spot in a national competition in Florida after several wins this season, but they need a little help getting there.
The team is looking to raise $15,000 for a trip to the Pop Warner National Cheer and Dance Championships in Kissimmee, Florida. Featuring more than 300 cheerleading and dance teams from across the country, the event takes place Nov. 30 through Dec. 8.
Coach Raschel Andreia Pratt said D-squad members are hoping for community support in the weeks leading up to the competition.
“This would be a great experience for our kids, and I would hate for them not to be able to go because of a lack of funds,” said Pratt. “Let’s make these girls’ dreams from true. They have worked so hard in and out of the gym all season long.”
Pratt said the D-squad is the first Wareham cheerleading squad to qualify for the national competition. In 2013, the Wareham Tigers football B-squad competed in the national Pop Warner Super Bowl in Florida, but didn’t bring home a victory.
To qualify for nationals, Pratt said the cheerleaders took home second place at the New England Pop Warner Regional Competition on Nov. 3 in Lowell.
Pratt said the D- and B-squads had excellent years, bringing home nine trophies in competitions before the regional competitions. Among those wins were four at the Hockomock Conference Competition in Brockton on Oct. 20. There, the D-squad won first place in the cheer routine category and second place for showcase routine. The B-squad earned first place for cheer routine and another first place for showcase routine.
Pratt urged residents to check out the group’s donation page on Facebook and to attend an upcoming spaghetti supper, set for Nov. 16 from 5 to 8 p.m. in Onset’s Dudley L. Brown Veterans of Foreign Wars Post, 4 Gibbs Ball Park Road. To donate online, click here.
“Please help us get out kids there no matter what it takes,” said Pratt. “No donation is too small.”