RHS cheerleading squads host free camp

By John Underwood / john@gulfcoastmedia.com
Posted 7/31/18

ROBERTSDALE, Alabama — The City of Robertsdale’s free cheerleading camp, hosted by members of the varsity and junior varsity squads from Robertsdale High School, last week at the PZK Hall was …

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ROBERTSDALE, Alabama — The City of Robertsdale’s free cheerleading camp, hosted by members of the varsity and junior varsity squads from Robertsdale High School, last week at the PZK Hall was filled to capacity.

“We had 50 signed up and it looks like most of them are here,” said Amanda Givens, who returns this year to oversee the varsity program, along with JV Coach Kim Garrett.

The cheerleaders themselves designed and led the program, Givens said, which included instruction in motion techniques, jumps, dance, cheers, chants, band dance and stunting.

While she said the squads are still planning to host a mini-cheer camp before school starts, there has been a conflict with scheduling, moving the camp from the first week of August.

“We still want to do something,” Givens said, “and we’re excited to bring the kids out on the field before the first game of the season like we’ve done in the past. We’re just not sure at this point when we’re going to be able to do it.”

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.

The Golden Bears will hold their first two contests of the 2018 season on the road before hosting Gulf Shores on Sept. 7. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

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

For more information about the camp, contact Givens at agivens@bcbe.org or call Robertsdale High School, 251-947-4154.