CCC’s All-New Cheerleaders Begin Practice, Preparing for Football
CLARKSDALE – In addition to ushering in a new era in football, Coahoma Community College fans will also have a fresh-faced cheerleading squad to help amp up the Tiger spirit this fall.
Monday was the first day of practice for the 12-member squad, under the direction of CCC’s new Cheerleading Coach Felecia Johnson. The team, which includes 11 Tiger cheerleaders and a tumbler, began practice for the upcoming football season in a private camp, hosted in CCC’s Pinnacle, where they’ve been perfecting their skills under the watchful eyes of Universal Cheerleaders Association (UCA) cheerleaders.
“I can feel the excitement,” said Johnson. “I’m just excited to have them all come together as a team for the first time. I’m definitely excited about for our first male cheerleader—D’Shannon Stewart.”
Although it has been a challenge rebuilding the squad, Johnson said she’s her team’s biggest ‘cheerleader’.
“I’m here encouraging them. We’re not worrying about the past; we’re pressing forward,” she said.
The 3-day camp is being directed by nationally recognized cheerleading coach Yolanda Thomas-Dandridge of Horn Lake. Dandrige has an extensive cheerleading background and has worked as a coach and consultant for over 12 years. She was selected as the 2010-2011 State of Mississippi Cheerleader Coach of the Year and is the former coach of Madison Shannon Palmer High School’s nationally-ranked cheerleading squad.
Dandridge’s trainers have all cheered on the collegiate level and include current and former cheerleaders from Jackson State University, Delta State University and Northwest Community College.
Day 1 of the camp kicked off with warm-ups, fitness training and preparations for stunts and jumps.
Johnson said she could see improvement already.
“We will be traveling with the team for the first football game against Pearl River and we’re going to be ready,” she said.
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