In the gym at Rock Creek Park, 26 young girls proved they’ve got spirit as they clapped and jumped and cheered with enthusiasm.
Surrounded by the Dawson County Tigers football cheerleading squad, participants in the annual Tiger Cheer Camp learned several cheers and dances during the three day camp July 15-17.
“This is a fundraiser but it’s also a way to kind of give back,” said Head Football Cheerleading Coach Brooke Walker.
The Tigers football cheer program is run completely off fundraising efforts, and the summer cheer camp is the biggest fundraiser for the squad. All the cheerleaders come out to work with young girls, giving them the chance to learn the very same cheers they’ll see on the sidelines of the Friday night football games.
“My girls have always enjoyed doing this,” Walker said.
Walker has been leading the football squad and hosting the annual summer camp for the past six years.
“I have a really, really good group of girls. I’m very proud of them,” Walker said. “They are a sisterhood and they definitely show it.”
Beyond being a fundraiser and a fun experience for both cheerleaders and young girls, Walker said she hopes her girls “lead by example” for the young girls who look up to them.
“On Friday nights, and I tell them over and over, these little girls look up to you. You may not think you have this kind of impact but they think ‘oh my gosh I know her’ and they see the big girls on the sideline Friday nights in their uniforms and it’s huge,” Walker said. “Stuff like that’s important to me and I want it to be important to them.”
Though the camp wrapped up Wednesday morning, the Tigers football cheer squad will be back in action in August as they cheer on the Tigers.
“Come out Friday nights. Cheer with us. Support the high school,” Walker said. “We definitely appreciate all the support.”