The Brentwood High School varsity cheerleaders have the opportunity of a lifetime, but they need help getting there.
The cheerleading team qualified for the Universal Cheerleaders Association National Competition in Orlando on February 10th.
For senior Jackie Parra and sophomore Nikole Acosta, the exciting news came when they lost all of their belongings, clothes and cheer gear in separate house fires that happened a week apart.
“Although this is a bump in the road; my teammates, my coaches, since it happened, they have always supported me and everything will be fine,” says Parra.
Brentwood varsity cheer coach Tanisha Pessoa says neither Parra nor Acosta have missed a practice since the fires.
Pessoa says it will cost a little more than $5,000 to pay for all the girls to go to Nationals, which is now too much for the families of some of the teammates.
“It’s very expensive, but we’re doing a lot of fundraising so we’re hoping to cover it,” says cheerleader Erin Wolynetz.
The cheerleaders say they will be holding a special event at the high school on February 6th at 6:30 p.m. to show their routine. They hope the community will come out to support them.
Anyone who wants to support the cheerleading team can donate here.