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Western Village interacts with cheerleaders

Friday, November 16, 2007  
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By Alana Duffle

This year, inner-city elementary students are being provided with a unique opportunity.

For many years, Oklahoma Christian University has partnered with Western Village Elementary School to provide a mentoring program, but Oklahoma Christian cheerleaders will be more involved this year than ever before. 

“I mentored at Western Village last year, and I loved it.  This year, Kristi Krempges and I are going to help with the Western Village cheer squad.  Little girls are fun. I enjoy helping them.  I am so excited to be working with them,” Head Cheerleader Mary Walker said.

The Oklahoma Christian cheerleaders put on a cheer clinic that is open to any girl in kindergarten through sixth-grade.

The cheerleaders always encourage girls from Memorial Road Church of Christ and local schools to attend, and this year, the cheerleaders are reaching out to Western Village students.

The projected attendance at this year’s clinic is around 70 girls. Forty of whom are expected to be from Western Village.

The clinic has two main purposes: it serves as a fund-raiser for uniforms, and it is an outreach to the community. 

The clinic costs $25 for girls who signed up before Nov. 10.  Western Village students will receive a discount. 

Many Oklahoma Christian social clubs are helping to make this cheer clinic possible for the Western Village girls. Some clubs give moral support while others give financial support. 

“We are very excited to have the Western Village students join our cheer clinic this year. They are always such a pleasure to watch during basketball halftimes, and we are really looking forward to the energy they will add to the other girls participating this year,” Cheerleading Sponsor Lindsay Prugh said. “All the credit really needs to go out to the clubs that have agreed to sponsor these girls. Without them, this wouldn’t have been possible. A special thanks to the members of Delta Gamma Sigma for their very generous donation that will allow the majority of these girls to participate.”

The cheerleaders had many reasons they decided to invite Western Village.  One reason was the existing partnership between Oklahoma Christian and Western Village.

“We encouraged Western Village students to come because our school partners with them.  They are awesome kids, and we wanted to do our part to help,” Walker said.

The cheerleaders also hope this clinic will serve as a source of encouragement to the Western Village students.

“We love working with little girls. Since many of the Western Village students are underprivileged, we decided this clinic would encourage them. Money would not be an issue,” sophomore cheerleader Mindi Hall said.

The cheerleaders hope to influence the girls at the clinic by exerting a positive Christian attitude.

“We want to get the girls involved and be good role models for them.  We strive to be leaders in all environments.  I am so excited to be working with the Western Village kids,” freshman cheerleader Paige Layman said.

The girls who attend the cheer clinic will have the opportunity to learn many things.

“We teach the girls cheers and a dance.  We go over basic motions: jumps, stunting and maybe a little gymnastics,” Hall said.

The girls will show what they learned from the clinic at halftime of the boy’s basketball game on Nov. 16. 

The cheerleaders hope fans will attend the game and show their support not only for Oklahoma Christian basketball but also for the girls who worked so hard at mastering the cheers and dance.

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