BERLIN, Md. - It's once in a lifetime opportunity for the Stephen Decatur High Cheer Squad. The team has been selected to join hundreds of other cheerleaders from across the country to perform during the pre-game show for the Capital One Bowl on New Year's Day in Orlando, Florida.
"This is like a great opportunity for all of us to go together and get some team bonding," sophomore Mikayla Dischinger said.
The team was hand-picked by the Universal Cheerleaders Association during summer camp.
"It was crazy. We didn't believe it at first because some of the schools were so amazing. We didn't think we would get it, but then they called our names, so we were super excited," senior Gabby Wooten said.
Cheerleading isn't just about jumping and waving pom poms. It's a sport that requires athleticism, discipline and team work.
"It takes a lot of strength. There have been times where I've been pushed - I think all of us have that we've had our breaking points," senior Hannah Wheeling said.
"We put in a lot of hard work," senior Cora Cox said.
Hard work that has given them the chance to perform in front of thousands on a nationally televised game.
Their trip to the Capital One Bowl is an expensive one. Each person needs to raise approximately $1,500. The team has a number of fundraisers coming up. On Saturday, November 2 from 8-10 a.m., you can get an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast at the Applebees in Ocean City for just $7. A portion of the proceeds will go towards the school's Capital One Fund.
Every Monday at Whisker's restaurant in Ocean Pines, the cheer squad will be holding a 50/50 raffle.
On November 23 and December 14, the cheerleaders will be at the Five Below in Ocean City handing out fliers. Ten percent of purchases will go towards the team's Capital One Fund.
If you'd like to make a donation, you can make a check out to the SDHS Capital One Fund.
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