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Dawson cheerleaders give back
Lady Tigers fundraise by hosting three day mini-camp
Cheer camp
Dawson County High School cheerleaders give back - photo by Carly McCurry

The Dawson County High School cheerleaders recently prepared for the fall season by coaching the future generation of Dawson Tigers in a summer camp.

The squad is raising funds by instructing girls, ages 5-12, in the basics of cheer. The mini-camp ran from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Monday through today.

The campers needed only bring a pair of tennis shoes. The camp provided water bottles, a daily snack and a t-shirt.

The fundraiser is meant to provide the team with new uniforms, pom-poms and snacks for games.

The team does not view their work as simply part of a fundraiser, but an opportunity to give back to the community. Each team member asserts that participating in the camp gives them a deep sense of satisfaction.

When asked why she volunteers, Jacalyn Elrod said, "I volunteer because I like working with the kids and seeing them smile. It brightens my day."

Each student present indicated that their true motivations for hosting the mini-camp came from a sense of wanting to inspire future Dawson County High School cheerleaders.

Head Cheerleading Coach Brooke Sanders can't help but to smile when she talks about her team.

"I could not be more proud of my girls,"she said

Her ultimate goal for the camp was for Dawson Tigers of all ages to feel more confident as cheerleaders.