Cheering away from home

East Rutherford cheerleaders perform in Charlotte
Dec. 05, 2012 @ 04:11 PM

The East Rutherford High School JV and varsity cheerleaders performed at Fan Fest prior to the ACC Championship Game at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte on Dec. 1.

The cheerleading squads were invited to participate and perform by representatives of the ACC Championship.

Prior to the performance, members of the squads participated in a cheer clinic led by Universal Cheerleaders Association and college cheerleaders from UNC-Chapel Hill, Clemson, Duke, NC State and Virginia.

At the clinic, the cheerleaders learned the dance to be performed at Fan Fest as well as several sideline cheers for the squads to use at local games. According to JV coach Monica Lee, the girls that participated enjoyed the experience.

“This was an optional event for our cheerleaders," Lee said. "We try to offer something of this nature once a year. It is fun for the girls, they learn new cheers to use at our games and they get to experience a college football game and the fan activities that go along with it.”

After the clinic, the cheerleaders attended Fan Fest where they performed their dance in front of a crowd of approximately 1500-2000 fans who were also enjoying a free concert by Little Big Town.

Following the performance, the cheerleaders greeted fans entering the stadium for the championship game between Florida State and Georgia Tech.

“This is a great opportunity for our squads. They are able to perform on stage in front of a large crowd," said varsity coach Sarah McKinney. "It is great for our girls to have the experience of performing in a different venue than our high school games.”

The final event of the day for the cheerleaders was attending the championship game with their coaches and family members who came to watch the girls perform.

"It was a long, busy day," said McKinney. "But this is what memories are made of.”