Massapequa Challenger Cheerleading Squad shines for large audience

MASSAPEQUA, NY – Performing in front of a packed house was a great moment for the students on the Massapequa School District’s Challenger Cheerleading Team. The team was selected to display their routine at the recent Nassau County Cheerleading Competition.

Ed Hoffman, head of physical education and athletic coordinator at Berner High School, said this is a new opportunity for the Challenger cheerleading squad, which normally cheers at Challenger basketball games. The team consists of students in grades 6-12, led by coaches Dr. Lauren Dean and Kathleen Wegener.

Hoffman said he contacted the Nassau County Public Schools cheerleading coordinator, who enthusiastically gave Massapequa’s squad the go-ahead to perform between the middle and high school portions of the competition Jan. 7 at Wantagh High School. With the middle school and high school teams in the building, as well as coaches and families, the Massapequa team performed in front of a sizeable crowd.

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“It was great,” Hoffman said. “The students had a great time. Read also : 2022 AT&T Training Camp Day 4: Pitts and Giggles. They were able to perform in front of a much larger audience, surrounded by people from different cities and high schools, which made them very special.”

Students from the Best Buddies club, which has chapters in Berner, Ames and the high school, worked with the cheerleaders to help practice their routines and also attended the Jan. 7 performance to show their support.

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Hoffman, the Nassau County coordinator for the Challenge Sports League, said there is a football program in the fall, along with basketball and cheer in the winter season. Read also : Tech McDowell Profile: Auburn Nanney’s Cheer for Community College Education. An athletic program will also be added this spring.

“There’s something special about being part of a team within your school,” he said, “and that’s what Challenger sports provides for our students.”

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