The end of the year may be cold or even snowy outside, but it
inspires warmth inside. You’ve heard of holiday cheer, and this season, your
squad can turn it into holiday cheerleading. You can contribute to your local community in so many ways, but some can be more fitting for the winter season, and many activities you can do with your entire team! Here are some festive ways for the team to
give back this season:
Squads may participate in bake sales to raise money for
uniforms or other team goodies, but for the holidays, consider organizing a
sale to promote charity. You can choose a local institution (like your public library
or a senior living community) or a cause that you feel most impassioned about, and donate your profits to them right in time for
Consider setting up a drive to collect non-perishable food,
clothes, books, or toys for the less fortunate or for people who have been subjected to weather catastrophes, such as floods or fires. You can coordinate with an organization like Operation
Gratitude or Toys for Tots, or you can work independently within your
Get the squad together wearing team gear or homemade matching
tees and sign up to volunteer together. There are lots of ways to give back to
the community! You can sign up as a group for a walk or road race that raises
money for a cause. You can also consider tutoring other students at your school or
volunteering with after-school programs, libraries, or day cares. Take a
Saturday to work in a food pantry or sort donations in your community. The
possibilities are endless.
The best way to spread holiday cheer is... well, to cheer!
Choreograph a short cheer and dance routine like you might do for a halftime
routine and offer to perform in your community, like at a nursing home or local
festivities. Customize your performance with holiday music and cheers.
Performing can also tie into volunteering if your squad works with younger
cheerleaders; set up a time when you can perform your competition routine for
them and offer them tips and tricks to improve their skills as well.