DU cheer squad leads community toy collection efforts

CBS News has teamed up with University of Colorado Denver Athletics for the Together 4 Colorado Toy Drive for Boys & Girls Clubs in Metro Denver. DU’s collection will be open from November 10, 2022 to December 16, 2022. The animation team collects new unwrapped toys for children aged 5 to 18 years at home sports trials.

“Our Toy Drive is our largest community involvement event,” said Kayla Gibson, DU cheerleader.

On November 3, 2022,  DU held its annual Teddy Bear Toss during the first half of the men’s hockey game against Arizona State. Fans were encouraged to bring a new stuffed animal to throw onto the ice during the first half. Stuffed animals rained down from the stands as cheerleaders and hockey team members collected them in large bags. All those stuffed animals Boys & Members of the Girls’ Club.

“The holiday season can be really hard, so it’s important for these kids to know that their community loves them,” Gibson told CBS4.

On Saturday, November 10, 2022, the cheer team will be holding their annual Shop ‘N’ Drop event from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Cheerleaders will be out in the Ritchie Center circle taking donations of new, unwrapped toys.

“Last year was very successful. It’s always great to see everyone from the Denver community, including the Denver student,” explained Gibson.

The Boys & Girls Clubs provide after-school care for children from kindergarten through high school seniors. Recently, the DU Cheer Team held a clinic for the Boston Boys & Aurora Girls Club.

“I love school and I just get to represent the spirit that comes with it, so I hope to show some of that and show how much we love our Denver community,” Maddie Knox said of working with members of the Cheerleader club.

The children learned kicks, jumps and got their spirits up. 8-year-old Denzel was especially excited about the clinic.

“I want to be a cheerleader,” she told CBS News Colorado.

Denzel already knows how to do cartwheels, so learning kicks and jumps came naturally to him.

“It’s like awesome,” he said.

The cheer clinic is an example of the experiences kids can get through club membership.

LINK: Together 4 Colorado Toy Drive

What is competitive cheer called?

What is All Star Cheer? All Star Cheer is a high-energy, team-based, performance sport that is athletic, artistic and acrobatic. This may interest you : Seeing the Red: A Closer Look at the Red Helmet. Athletes compete in a 2 1/2 minute routine that includes tumbling, stunting, pyramid, dance and cheer segments.

Is competitive cheerleading considered a sport? Cheerleading has competitions and just like any other sport they score and win.” Shaneace Virgil, a Bowie State graduate and former Golden Girl, said cheerleading is a sport by any definition. to the show,” Virgil said.

What is the difference between competitive and All Star cheerleading? All-star cheerleaders generally have a higher skill level than high school cheerleaders and take classes focused on tumbling, gymnastics, and cheerleading to further their skill set. They don’t cheer for sports teams or other events, so cheering is based on performance rather than encouraging school spirit.

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