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Youth cheerleading program now being offered at Veterans Park Recreation Center

By MEGHAN BRADBURY - | Mar 3, 2021

news@breezenewspapers.com

For the first time, Veterans Park Recreation Center, will be offering a youth cheerleading program for children as young as 4.

“This is a brand new program starting up here. We are very excited. There is always a need out here in Lehigh for programs. I believe it will be great for our youths,” Program Specialist Tanya Ray said.

The classes, which meet every Thursday, begin on March 4, at Veterans Park Recreation Center, 55 Homestead Rd. S. in Lehigh Acres. The program will be held from 5:30 to 6:15 p.m. for 4 to 6 year olds; 6:30 to 7:15 p.m. for 7 to 9 year olds and from 7:30 to 8:15 p.m. for those 10 and older.

“Champions in Motion is a program that combines pom dance and cheerleading into one program,” Ray said. “Students are taught short chant, arm motions, jumps, kicks, stunt techniques and modern dance techniques as well.”

Students can either pay $10 per class, or $40 a month.

“They do not have to attend all,” Ray said, adding that is why it is set up as a drop in, so participants can see if they like the program or not. “Then they have the option to pay $40 a month for the classes.”

To participate in the program, Ray said they must be a lifetime member of the recreation center, which is $10 for one person, or $25 for a family of two adults and children under the age of 18.

Interested individuals have to stop by the recreation center to sign up for the lifetime membership, which then will allow them to sign up for the cheerleading program online, or any other program.

“They have the option to purchase the uniform if they would like, but they don’t have to purchase the uniform,” she said.

The program also participates in competitions, which Ray said is great because a lot of families look for that aspect.

Participants will have to follow COVID guidelines with social distancing being practiced and sanitization stations available. Masks are required.

The program also is being offered each Tuesday at North Fort Myers Recreation Center, 2000 North Recreation Park Way. Classes are held from 6 to 6:45 p.m. for 4 to 6 year olds; from 6:45 to 7:30 p.m. for 7 to 9 year olds and from 7:30 to 8:15 for those 10 and older.

Ray said the program is also being offered in Port Charlotte, as well as North Carolina where they have had a great deal of success.

For more information, call (239) 369-1521 for the Veterans Park Recreation Center, or (239) 533-7200 for North Fort Myers Recreation Center.