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Cy Falls, Cy Woods cheerleaders raise funds for childhood cancer awareness

Members of the Cypress Falls High School cheerleading squad pose with their ‘Gold Out’ t-shirts.
Members of the Cypress Falls High School cheerleading squad pose with their ‘Gold Out’ t-shirts prior to the football team’s game against Cypress Woods High School on Sept. 17 at Pridgeon Stadium. The team partnered with Cypress Woods cheerleaders to raise proceeds for childhood cancer awareness. Through donations and ribbon and t-shirt sales, the cheerleaders raised $1,150 for the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Cancer Center.

By Dominique Casey and Dajalay Clark, Cypress Falls HS

Oct. 12, 2021—Inspired by an idea from a National Cheerleaders Association camp, Cypress Falls High School Cheerleader Coach Alicia Royer and her squad teamed with their colleagues from Cypress Woods High School to start the “Gold Out” football game and fundraiser to raise proceeds for childhood cancer awareness.

In total, the two cheerleading teams raised $1,150 through donations and ribbon and t-shirt sales. The funds were given to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Cancer Center in honor of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month (September).

“Every year, the cheerleaders team up with St. Jude along with initiatives that we do in partnership with Varsity Spirit Fashion,” said Jaqueline Constantin, Cypress Falls cheer coach. “We started all the way back at camp in the summer and filled out forms and letters to encourage family members and friends to donate.”

Like many others, Constantin has a personal connection to the fight against cancer. One of her cousins endured the battle with cancer.

That helped motivate her to team up with the Cypress Woods cheerleaders to raise money for cancer research at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

“We’ve done ‘Gold Out’ for a few years now but this year, I personally went and approached the cheer coach at Cy Woods to team up together,” Constantin said. “So instead of competing against each other, we’re actually working together.”

Royer’s inspiration came from Varsity Spirit, a leading cheerleading company that manufactures apparel and operates training camps and sanctioning bodies, including the National Cheerleaders Association. St. Jude Children’s Hospital is a partner with Varsity Spirit. Part of the inspiration were t-shirts supporting childhood cancer awareness.

By the end of the event, the cheerleading teams sold 81 t-shirts.

“[Varsity Spirit] sponsors as its charity all the time, St. Jude Hospital,” Royer said. “They started the ‘Gold Out’ in the month of September because it’s the beginning of the school. So they created this thing and we followed along.”