They are Rocky Balboas with poms poms.
Against all odds, the fearsome squad from the Lower East Side’s Seward Park High School campus is headed to the national championship at Walt Disney World next month. They are believed to be only the second Manhattan public high school to ever make it national.
The 14 girls managed to secure a spot in the Feb. 11 Universal Cheerleaders Association competition despite scant experience, hand-me-down uniforms, a lack of equipment or dedicated practice space.
“We have to practice in the weight room. We have to move all this big weight equipment and stuff to get the mats out,” said Kayla Martin, 17, a senior at New Design High School, one of five schools on the Seward Park campus.
The team only has three mats and really needs seven, according to Giana Quinterno, the coach who helped start the squad when she arrived in 2015 as a social work intern. A former high school cheerleader, Quinterno saw a notice for team cheerleaders and volunteered, soon becoming the volunteer coach.
The city’s Public School Athletic League does not recognize cheerleading as a sport and does not fund it. Some city schools even have teams.
Among Quinterno’s challenges was teaching the current team the stunts and tricks that go into competitive cheerleading.
“Essentially, I have a team of inexperienced athletes who have never celebrated a day in their lives,” recalls Quinterno.
The COVID-19 pandemic distracted the team in the fall of 2020 and most of the current squad joined in the spring, with some coming on board in September.
Lana Garcia, 17, a senior at Essex Street Academy, said she joined because she saw cheerleaders garnering a lot of respect. She became a flyer – the girl who is held aloft and thrown into the air.
“Of course it was scary,” she said. “I wanted to try it and I trusted my coach.”
Celese Seabrooks, 17, a junior at Essex Street, said team members caught on quickly.
“Anything Giana would tell them, any corrections, they just took it and they ran with it,” she said.
The team raised money to go to a training camp over the summer to learn to polish their skills.
Last month, they put all their training to the test when they competed in a regional competition on Long Island.
The night before the competition, they did a sort of dress rehearsal in Seward Park before Judge Quinterno was brought in to judge their routine. They did poorly, but the girls pulled it together.
“We talked to each other. We’re excited,” said Grace Ayodele, 16, a junior at New Design.
They didn’t learn their score until they went back to town and heard they had earned enough points for citizenship.
“We were just screaming in the car. We were surprised,” Garcia said.
Martin said the trip to Orlando will be her first time on a plane.
The trip will not come cheap. Quinterno set up a GoFundMe appeal that raised more than $15,000 to cover the team’s expenses, with any additional funds going toward equipment or future training.
“Our team is a sisterhood. We have such a bond,” said Ayodele.
Navarro College is hosting a community celebration to honor this award-winning cheerleading team. The celebration will be on Monday, April 18, 2022 at 1:00 on the Navarro College campus near the clock tower. Everyone is welcome and we hope you will come celebrate with us.
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|Rank||Program name||Event score|
|1||Live Oak Rec Cheer||86.05|
|2||Hunterdon Jr. Red Devils||76.1|
|4||Buckhorn Rec Competitive Cheerleading||73.05|