Inviting the cheerleaders
Jill Schofield, cheer coach at Fremont High School, said one of her student’s moms reached out to organize the event because the mom wanted to do something to help. Schofield said she has seen the cheer community rally several times when cheerleaders have died or been involved in accidents. See the article : 2022 NFL Draft Impact: Carolina Panthers. She said things like this are sad and special, and will be something the cheerleaders will never forget.
“There’s not a coach on the planet that signs up to help, you know, 30-plus teammates, guys, navigate the death of a teammate. Nobody signs up for that and nobody teaches you that. There’s no manual,” Schofield said. . “But one of the best things that children, well any of us, can do is serve, or love, or support.”
She hopes that this demonstration helps Macie’s family to see that they are loved, and to see that there are others who have gone through similar tragedies cheering them on from the sidelines.
Schofield said it only takes a small gesture to show someone cares.
She said news of the tragedy spread quickly through her cheer squad, and people wanted to help. They had such a response to an initial flyer inviting people to join that they changed the location to allow more people to line the street. The cheerleaders wanted to do something to help a fellow member of the cheerleading community.
“There’s something special about the heart of a cheerleader. I mean, everybody has cheerleaders in their lives — their parents, their friends, their neighbors. … Not cheerleaders who wear skirts just cheerleaders who have good hearts,” Schofield said.
Affect on the cheer community
Jalyn Linkletter and Sierra Tracy, cheer coaches for Mac’s All Star in Draper said the cheerleading community is very strong, and it was humbling to see all the support from so many cheerleaders on Saturday. See the article : The Beachside High School band, the cheerleaders, prepare the drum for Friday night’s game.
“It was really devastating to hear the news … we have so many 8-year-olds in our program, it could have been one of ours. So, it hit really close to home,” Tracy said.
Tracy said that teaching cheer is everything to her, she’s been doing it for about nine years and the kids in her squad are like her own kids.
Linkletter said this tragedy was very relatable for the families, coaches and kids. They heard about the support event on Wednesday and got a lot of response from their girls and moms who wanted to come. She said they organized a carpool and about 100 of their girls came from all over Salt Lake.
Many groups raised their arms in salute as the funeral procession passed by.
A funeral for Macie was held at the Kaysville interest center for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Saturday afternoon. Read also : A former cheerleading coach and high school teacher has been charged with possessing and displaying sexually explicit images and videos and luring a minor into sexual activity.. Girls in their cheerleader costumes and bows from Macie’s squad and their families filled many of the front rows at the funeral.
Macie’s grandparents, aunt, and her father spoke at the funeral about Macie’s unique personality and how she completed their family, following three older brothers. They also talked about how their faith and support from the community helps them through a difficult time.
Her dad, Mark Hill, talked about how Macie would wake them up doing cartwheels and back flips in their room after blowing the door down. He said cheerful is where Macie’s heart was.
He said support from the community, the world and those who were close to him has been overwhelming.
“I’m eternally grateful,” he said.
He said that his daughter always wanted to be the first, and now she is the first to heaven.
Donny Osmond, who was introduced as Macie’s friend, sang “To Where You Are” at the funeral. He explained that he met Macie when she and an older brother brought him a trophy after he got second place as the peacock in “The Masked Singer,” a television show.
“I walked away a winner when you gave that to me, and I thought how fitting that thought is for this moment because we are all winners in our Heavenly Father’s life plan…we are all winners and we can return to him .” Osmond said.
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