Brentwood High School’s varsity cheerleaders have the opportunity of a lifetime, but they need help.
The cheerleading team qualified for the Universal Cheerleaders Association Nationals Competition in Orlando on February 10th.
The exciting news came for senior Jackie Parra and sophomore Nikole Acosta after they lost all their belongings, clothes and cheer gear in separate house fires just a week apart.
“Even though it’s a bump in the road; my teammates, the coaches, ever since it happened, they’ve always been there for me and everything’s going to be okay,” Parra says.
Brentwood University cheer coach Tanisha Pessoa says Parra and Acosta have never missed a practice since the fires.
According to Pessoa, it will cost a little more than $5,000 for all the girls to go to Nationals, an amount that is currently exorbitant for some teammates’ families.
“It’s very expensive, but we’ve raised a lot of money so we’re hoping to cover it all,” says cheerleader Erin Wolynetz.
The cheerleaders say they will have a special send-off event at the high school on Feb. 6 at 6:30 p.m. to show your routine. They hope the community will come out to support them.
Anyone who wants to support the cheerleading team can donate here.