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RHS cheerleading squads to host fundraising camp Aug. 1-3

By John Underwood / john@gulfcoastmedia.com
Posted 7/19/17

ROBERTSDALE, Alabama -- Excitement is already building for kickoff of the 2017 high school football season.

The sights and sounds are all too familiar and many residents can’t wait for it to …

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Go Bears!

RHS cheerleading squads to host fundraising camp Aug. 1-3

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ROBERTSDALE, Alabama -- Excitement is already building for kickoff of the 2017 high school football season.

The sights and sounds are all too familiar and many residents can’t wait for it to start.

Along with the players on the field and the marching bands showcasing their halftime show, one of the most important elements of the game is the cheerleaders, leading chants on the sidelines and urging the crowds to lead their team to victory.

Every year for the past several years before the first home game young residents from age 5 get the opportunity to join the cheerleaders on the field during pre-game festivities at J.D. Sellars Stadium, first participating in a camp at Robertsdale Elementary School.

This year, the tradition will continue Aug. 1-3 with a new coach, Amy Stewart, following the retirement of Tracy Robbins at the end of the last school year.

“I’m excited about the program,” said Stewart, a Mississippi native and graduate of Mississippi State who has spent the last three years in the RHS “IT Academy” teaching information technology and business applications. She also serves as the faculty advisor for Inside Bear Nation.

“We have a very good group of girls here,” she said, “and if they stay positive and stay focused, they will represent the school well in the community and in competition.”

Cost for campers is $35 each and includes instruction by RHS cheerleaders. The camp will be from 9 to noon a.m. each day and is open to campers from 5-years-old up to sixth grade.

Instruction includes jumping, tumbling, cheers and chants, as well as a dance that campers will perform during the pre-game festivities at the Golden Bear varsity football team’s first home game, which is Aug. 25 versus longtime rival Foley. Participants will take the field at around 6:30, game time is set for 7 p.m. For younger campers there will be arts and crafts activities.

Stewart and JV coach Stephanie Kroll recently hosted a free city camp with more than 70 campers signed up at the PZK Hall in Robertsdale. In the past as many as 100 girls have participated in the camp.

Proceeds from the August camp will help pay expenses to various competitions. Additional fundraisers throughout the year help pay for day-to-day expenses for the cheerleading squads, Robbins said.

Forms for the camp are available in the front offices at Robertsdale Elementary School and Robertsdale High School.

For more information ask for Stewart at Robertsdale High School, 251-947-4154 or email awstewart@bcbe.org.