The group, Cheer Coaches (Who) Care Cheerleading Association,(CCCCA),was developed by coaches from the Basseterre High School, Kerlyn Williams and Tomeeka Richards, along with Naeemah Hazelle Menon, coach for the Washington Archibald High School. It is working towards developing the holistic skills sets of participants of the annual Inter High School Cheerleading Competition, said an official.
The overall goal of the group is to provide a positive medium for adolescents to portray their expressive nature, via the art forms of dance and cheer, while developing the appropriate skill sets necessary for safety and team development.
One of the major activities in which the group is involved is the Inter High School Cheerleading Competition, which takes place in the spring of every year. The 8th season will be celebrated later this year.
A spokesperson has indicated that despite years of difficult routines and dangerous stunts being performed by all schools, thankfully no substantial injuries have taken place. While teams have become more competitive and performance expectations higher, the capacity for growth is limited locally as the sport is new to our culture. The CCCC Association believes not only in the growth of its internal members but that of the entire activity on the island. In an effort to facilitate this growth the CCCC Association (SKN) believes that extending an invitation to a qualified cheerleading coach was indeed the first step to the successful growth of the activity on the island.
Therefore, Mrs. Larisa Senft who is a United States All Star Foundation (USASF) accredited Cheerleading Coach, who has accumulated more than twenty (20) years of cheerleading experience has been recruited to assist the association.
Mrs. Senft also amassed approximately twenty five (25) accredited certificates in categories including but not limited to areas such as basket tosses, tumbling, stunting and pyramids.
Mrs. Senft and her team will be conducting a local cheerleading workshop dubbed, ‘Something to Cheer About’ Cheerleading Boot camp 2011. This is the second time Mrs. Senft has conducted workshops on the island. The first CCCC venture supported with assistance from The SKNAAA, Aqua Vita, The Royal St. Kitts Hotel & Casino and Pizza Boys Inc., was successful on a smaller scale and necessitated further training and a more expansive approach.
The workshop will be held from July 9th to July 17th, each day focusing on a skill area, and culminating with a prize giving ceremony and expo, to which the general public is invited.
The cost for the workshop is open to boys and girls. Students can sign up through their various institutions or sign up online via the group’s Facebook page listed as Cheer Coaches (who) Care Cheerleading Association.
In order to facilitate this non-profit venture, the CCCC (SKN) Association is soliciting sponsorship contributions from local businesses, in addition to the nominal fees being charged to the participants.
Additional information can be obtained by contacting representatives at 869 762 1058- Kerlyn or 869 662 6031- Naeemah, or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.