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USASF Chairman’s Cup Award

Has your program organized or participated in a philanthropic or community service project this season? You’re eligible for the USASF Chairman’s Cup Award!

USASF LogoTell us about your project and how it benefited your community or a non-profit agency or charitable organization. Projects might range from clothing or food drives, litter campaigns and nursing home visits to initiatives that benefit cancer research, children’s hospitals and other organizations important to your program.

The National Advisory Board will review all submissions to select the recipient to be presented at the USASF VIP Gala & Awards ceremony on April 25, 2014, just before Worlds prelims.

The deadline for submissions is March 31, 2014. More information is available on the Worlds VIP Gala and Awards page on USASF.net.

Editor’s Note – The VIP Gala page was moved during the USASF website redesign. The USASF Awards Selection information is now available at http://usasf.net/recognition/awards/vip-gala_selection/.

Shake That Peetz Family

Hello fellow cheer gym owners, coaches, judges and friends,

This is Jason & Lauren Peetz from Victory! All-Stars in North Carolina. We’ll make this brief because we know this is a busy time of the year for all of us.

We are asking for your help with getting us to the finals of a nationwide “Family Dance Off” that could win $30,000 for our local childrens’ hospital and $5,000 for our family (which we would use for our youngest son Jonathan’s medical expenses). We would love for as many people as possible to meet Jonathan. He has already overcome a lot in his 7 months of life and brought so much to so many people. We’re all in an industry that can sometimes make us lose focus on the important things in our lives. Jonathan has helped us and many others re-focus on the gifts and relationships around us every day.

The first link is a video that tells a short story about Jonathan.

The second link takes you straight to our video for the “Dance Off” and it takes about 10 seconds to vote (another :30 if you watch the video).

Jonathan’s Story:

Dance Off Voting Page:

danceoff.primroseschools.com/videos/shake-peetz-family

Whatever you can do to help…email your gym families, post on your personal/business Facebook pages, etc…it would be immensely appreciated. You can vote once a day per computer and mobile device…if we make finals, we’ll re-send an email about when that voting begins at the end of March.

Thanks for everyone’s support!

Take care and God bless,

Jason & Lauren Peetz

P.S. Please feel free to forward to others in the industry who may know us as we are sure we have not gotten to everyone! :)

Cheerleaders Pledge 60,000 Hours of Community Service to Date for 2011 National School Spirit Day

Varsity Brands Celebrates 3rd Annual National School Spirit Day on September 9, 2011; More than 200,000 Hours of Community Service Conducted Over Past Two Years

Memphis, TN - According to a recent survey of 1,016 teen girls conducted by Varsity Brands, when concerned about an issue, cheerleaders are more likely than the average teen girl to volunteer (56% vs. 46%) and join an organization within their school (43% vs. 24%).

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Varsity

“While cheerleaders are recognized for spirit-raising activities all year long, they do so much more to benefit their communities and schools,” said Nicole Lauchaire, Vice President, Corporate Marketing & Communications at Varsity Brands. “That’s why Varsity created National School Spirit Day three years ago. It is a great way to honor the accomplishments of cheerleaders and dancers who are making a difference in communities across the country.”

National School Spirit Day celebrates the leadership among cheerleaders and dancers and is meant to shine a spotlight on the character that being on a cheerleading or dance team builds as well as on all that they do to give back to their schools and communities. Cheerleaders and dance teams across the nation have pledged to conduct at least four hours of community service in the week leading up to National School Spirit Day on September 9th.

“It’s great Varsity created National School Spirit Day to get cheerleaders across the country to come together and do something to give back to their communities,” said Kendall Jenner, reality TV star and cheerleader. As part of National School Spirit Day, Jenner and the Costa Mesa Cheerleading Squad volunteered with Meals on Wheels in Santa Monica, CA to deliver healthy meals to those who are homebound. “This day really brings attention to all the incredible things that cheerleaders are doing.”

Cheerleaders can visit the National School Spirit Day website (www.nationalschoolspiritday.com) to pledge their community service and learn more. Some of the service activities taking place this year include:

  • In addition to the Meals on Wheels community service with Kendall Jenner, in honor of the 10 year anniversary of 9/11, the Costa Mesa Cheerleading Squad is hosting a heroes rally to remember, mourn and never forget. They are raising funds to donate to a 9/11 charity as well as having a collection center to send overseas to troops. Truly a school and community event, it is not just the cheer team donating service time but also the football team and entire community.
  • Lady’s Island Middle School cheerleaders are collecting school supplies for the Franciscan Center of St. Helena Island, SC during the week of September 5-9th. The Franciscan Center is an outreach center staffed by approximately 60 volunteers that offers academic assistance, computer training, and adult English language classes to the community.
  • Shelby County West Middle School is celebrating National School Spirit Day by having a sleep-over and making hundreds of cards to send overseas to our troops. They are writing customized messages in each card to give our soldiers a little love from home. The cheerleaders feel this is the least they can do for all the hard work and sacrifices our soldiers make for our country.
  • The St. Paul’s High School “Bulldogs” are cleaning their community park and the feeder school buses in their community and baking warm cookies to deliver at the local nursing home. In previous years, they have washed cars and cleaned the school buses inside outside for the upcoming Football season. They feel community is what drives them to become better examples in the school.

“Cheerleaders and dancers are doing this year-round in their communities,” said Lauchaire. “National School Spirit Day encourages them to be visible leaders in their communities, and hopefully, inspires others to do the same.”

Taking a closer look at cheerleaders specifically, the Varsity Teen Girl Study also revealed the following:

  • Cheerleaders are more likely than the general teen (57% vs. 46%) to hold a leadership position in or out of school; cheerleaders are more likely to be a part of Student Council (33% vs. 25%) and programs connected to the arts than the average teen girl.
  • 81% of cheerleaders have grade point averages of 3.5.
  • Ninety-three (93) percent of teen girls participate in one or more activities at school.
  • 65 percent of high school girls participate in a school sport. The top 10 most popular include track and field, soccer, tennis, basketball, volleyball, softball, cross country, swimming, cheerleading, and dance team.
  • A majority say that playing some type of sport/spirit team generally makes them happier (78%), builds their overall confidence (73%) and helps to relieve stress (69%).

Varsity’s study surveyed 1,016 teen girls ages 13-18 to represent the roughly 14 million teen girls across the United States and sought to find out more about this powerful teen demographic, how they spend their time, how influential they are as a group and where they hold the most power of influence.

About Varsity

Varsity is the source for all things related to cheerleading and dance team. With a rich heritage and traditions dating back to 1948, Varsity is an innovative global leader comprised of the leading spirit brands and organizations including its educational camps, clinics, competitions and uniforms to teams around the world. Varsity’s National Championships, which are held at the Walt Disney World® Resorts, have been televised on ESPN Networks for more than 25 years. Web-based Varsity TV features thousands of cheerleading and dance team videos and has become a favorite cheer destination for cheerleaders and coaches alike. Varsity has led the way in cheerleading safety as a supporter of the American Association of Cheerleading Coaches and Administrators since 1987 and as a camp leader training more than 300,000 cheerleaders per year in cheerleading fundamentals with an emphasis on safety. Based in Memphis, Tennessee, Varsity employs 5,000 employees nationwide. For more information about Varsity, please visit http://www.varsity.com.

Cheerleaders Pledge 60,000 Hours of Community Service to Date for 2011 National School Spirit Day

Three Industry Leaders Donate To Peyton’s Promise

June 15, 2010 – Minneapolis, MN – Peyton’s Promise receives major contributions from three industry leaders. Jeannine Sentilles from Mardi Gras Spirit Events, Ann Lehrmann from Cheer & Dance Extreme and Chris Korotky from Inside Cheerleading Magazine donate a total of $2,500 towards the Adoption Initiative. This dollar amount brings Peyton’s Promise that much closer to finalizing a second adoption; helping to Bridge Another Forever Family.

Peyton's Promise

Peyton's Promise

Lisa & Roger Saline launched Peyton’s Promise to help raise funds and awareness for adoption. The program is set-up so that 100 percent of check donations go towards an adoption. The Saline’s developed the program after adopting a baby girl in 2002 and quickly finding out how expensive the adoption process can be. Many friends and family of the Saline’s contributed to the fund. In March of 2011, the initial goal was reached and Peyton’s Promise was able to help a family from Oregon bring home a baby boy. Mike and Theresa welcomed home baby Nathan because of Peyton’s Promise.

If you’d like to help Bridge A Forever Family, please visit www.PeytonsPromise.net or mail your donation to 11101 Zealand Ave N, Champlin, Mn 55316.

Three Industry Leaders Donate To Peyton’s Promise

Varsity Campers Help Raise Funds for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

In all, 350,000 cheerleaders and dancers will participate in the “Team Up for St. Jude—Spirited by Varsity” program.

Memphis, TN (June 8, 2011) – Beginning this May, Varsity’s summer cheerleading camp season will kick off in all 50 states. The 350,000 cheerleaders and dancers that will head to Varsity summer camps will learn cheerleading basics like crowd leading and cheers, and the safest techniques for stunting, pyramid building and spotting.

Varsity LogoThis year Varsity, the leader in instructional cheerleading and dance team camps, is teaming up with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® to support its mission of finding cures for children fighting cancer and other catastrophic diseases.

All incoming campers have been asked to bring five donation letters with them to camp to send to family and friends in the hope of raising essential funds for the world renowned children’s hospital. All campers that bring their five letters to camp will receive a special Team Up for St. Jude pin.

“I can’t think of a better partnership than St. Jude and Varsity. We are thrilled to team up with them to raise the funds that are so crucial to treating children with life-threatening illnesses,” said Nicole Lauchaire, Vice President of Corporate Marketing and Communications. “Cheerleaders have prominent roles in their schools and communities, and we know they will put their all into making this initiative a success for St. Jude and for its patients.”

“The Varsity camps are an ideal place for us to educate young and enthusiastic athletes about the lifesaving mission of St. Jude,” said Richard Shadyac Jr., CEO of ALSAC, the fundraising organization of St. Jude. “The energy of the cheerleaders and dancers will not only help us spread our message of hope to their networks but also raise critical dollars so that we can continue to search for cures for these precious children.”

All donations will be tracked and the team that raises the most money for St. Jude will be awarded an all expense paid trip to Memphis, Tenn., to visit St. Jude, meet St. Jude patients and their families, attend a recognition dinner and a Team Up for St. Jude photo shoot, and visit the Varsity headquarters for a tour and a press conference.

About Varsity

Varsity is the source for all things related to cheerleading and dance team. With a rich heritage and traditions dating back to 1948, Varsity is an innovative global leader comprised of the leading spirit brands and organizations including its educational camps, clinics, competitions and uniforms to teams around the world. Varsity’s National Championships, which are held at the Walt Disney World® Resorts, some of which have been televised on ESPN Networks for more than 25 years. Sponsors of Varsity events include Gatorade and Nike. Web-based Varsity TV features thousands of cheerleading and dance team videos and has become a favorite cheer destination for cheerleaders and coaches alike. Varsity has led the way in cheerleading safety as a supporter of the American Association of Cheerleading Coaches and Administrators since 1987 and as a camp leader training 350,000 cheerleaders per year in cheerleading fundamentals with an emphasis on safety. The Varsity camp brands include Universal Cheerleaders Association (UCA), National Cheerleaders Association (NCA), United Cheerleading Association (USA) and American Cheerleading Association (ACA). Based in Memphis, Tennessee, Varsity employs 5,000 employees nationwide. For more information about Varsity, please visit http://www.varsity.com.

About St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is internationally recognized for its pioneering work in finding cures and saving children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases. St. Jude is the first and only pediatric cancer center to be designated as a Comprehensive Cancer Center by the National Cancer Institute. Founded by late entertainer Danny Thomas and based in Memphis, Tenn., St. Jude freely shares its discoveries with scientific and medical communities around the world. St. Jude is the only pediatric cancer research center where families never pay for treatment not covered by insurance. No child is ever denied treatment because of the family’s inability to pay. St. Jude is financially supported by ALSAC, its fundraising organization. St. Jude was named the nation’s top children’s cancer hospital in the 2010-11 Best Children’s Hospitals rankings published by U.S. News & World Report. For more information, go to www.stjude.org and follow St. Jude on www.facebook.com/stjude and www.twitter.com/stjude.

Varsity Campers Help Raise Funds for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Cheer for a Cause Launches Global Website and Announces Tribute Patches and eBay Auctions to Benefit Midwest Cheer Elite

The Cheer and Dance World now has a place to unite in the Spirit of Charity. Our hearts will forever be wearing blue in support of our Midwest Cheer Elite family. And in December, Cheer for a Cause will support the families of Midwest through virtual auctions on eBay!

Lake Mary, Florida, December 5, 2010 – Cheer for a Cause has launched their worldwide website at www.cheerforacause.org. The site was donated by industry leading website design and hosting firm, Jam Spirit Sites, Inc. This new home for Cheer for a Cause will grow their mission to unite the giving and giving back from our global cheerleading and dance community. The site includes pages for the U.S.A., Canada, Asia, Australia, Europe and Latin America.

After the Midwest tragedy of November 13 – where parent Lori Morris was killed in a head on collision on the way to a competition in Ohio, and four passengers were seriously injured – our hearts will forever wear blue in support of our Midwest Cheer Elite family. The mission of Cheer for a Cause is unity in giving, and many of us have an overwhelming feeling of “wanting to do something for Midwest”. Several businesses and professionals came to Cheer for a Cause asking how they could help, and the idea to hold eBay auctions opened up a great way to bring together helping out and giving back! And they’ve asked for our help to spread the word!

Cheer for a Cause will list new and exciting items on eBay every day through December 15! 100% of the proceeds of every auction will go to the 5/3 Bank accounts for the Morris and Blair families. You can see all the auctions and bid at http://myworld.ebay.com/cheerforacause. The holiday season makes it a perfect time for this not so silent auction, and provides us all a way to give a gift that gives twice! Many amazing things have been donated – bows, gift certificates and custom bling boots, cheerlebrity autographs, professional college consulting, and even “mental game” consulting from a Harvard PhD!

A limited number of special edition Cheer for a Cause Midwest tribute patches will also be available on eBay!

A partial list of contributors includes: All American Youth Activities of IL Cheer America; Alliance Florida and Illinois; Ashley Ricardo, Top Gun; Australian Cheerleader Magazine; Cheer Soxx; College Cheer Guide, Crystal Couture; Fancy Face Cosmetics; Just Cheer Bows; Maddie Gardner, CEA; Middletown Christian School; Nicole Khayat, Mrs. Illinois; Pamela Enders, PhD, The Confident Cheerleading Center; Platinum Cheer Gear; Renee Andrews, Author (Kelley Zeringue, ACE); Rock the Bling; Royalty Bows; Spiritville USA; The Bling Guy and The Sticker Shop. If you’re a vendor or industry pro and would like to make a donation for the auction, email Cheer for a Cause at weshare@cheerforacause.org.

Cheer for a Cause is in the process of applying for nonprofit 501(c)3 status to set up a permanent corporate structure. And partnerships with event producers are being discussed. “We are working to grow our ability to help those in need. I’ve been meeting with leadership from within our industry, and listening,” says founder Julie Bolton.

Cheer for a Cause Launches Global Website and Announces Tribute Patches and eBay Auctions to Benefit Midwest Cheer Elite

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Cheerleaders coat rivalry with charity

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette published Cheerleaders coat rivalry with charity.

Wendy Gordon, director of communications at North Hills Community Outreach, said the cheerleaders had collected more than 2,000 coats over the years.

“Without the support of groups such as the cheerleaders, we wouldn’t be able to help nearly as many people stay warm this winter,” she said.