Teamwork and fun are huge for MGCCC cheerleaders
September 4, 2009
While the Gulf Coast football team practices and competes on the field, the MGCCC cheerleading squad is also hard at work on the sidelines. This squad also does off-season conditioning and team-building, and it also competes every summer against Division I colleges at cheerleader camp in Tuscaloosa, AL.
We have two-a-day practices, we run, and after class we practice,” said Ashlei Marie, one of 17 sophomore cheerleaders this season. “It’s very intense. A lot goes on behind the scenes that you don’t get to see. At camp, we learn a lot of material and bring a lot of it back with us. The dances and the cheers are a huge part of camp. For our basketball and football pep rallies, we make up all new routines”
Shellie Campbell knows her group is a huge part of any football game, and her group is a team much like the group they cheer for on the field. The wife of head football coach Steve Campbell is very excited about this year’s squad that will cheer at Gulf Coast football and basketball games.
“This is a very talented group,” Campbell said. “They have good tumbling skills and their motions and jumps are also strong. We’ve got a lot of positive things happening with this squad.”
The group strives on having its team’s back, and they always try to do it with style…and have some fun along the way.
“I’ve been cheering all of my life, and this is a lot more fun that I’ve had in the past,” said sophomore Linsey Harris. “It’s laid back but we still get everything done. We’re serious and we get strict sometimes, but it’s not like the Army or anything.”
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