On Monday, July 18 the Winters High School cheer squad entered into its fifth year of summer cheer camp. This year, the UC Davis cheer squad dedicated three days to drill the Warrior cheerleaders in stunting, cheers, routines and team morale.
The WHS cheerleaders had 35 athletes attend and dedicate six hours a day to improve upon their skills and learn what it takes to perform at a collegiate level. While the ultimate goal was to learn how to safely perform high level stunting, the athletes gained other valuable insight that will make this season one for the books.
“I think we got more out of it than we expected because we also learned how to lead and engage the crowd,” said head coach Sterling Davis.
While the cheer camp has been extremely beneficial in the past, Davis wanted to find a more affordable solution for the squad members so that everyone could participate.
“I looked at different options because I wanted to get the same skills, but at a lower cost. I ended up reaching out to the coach at UC Davis and explained what I wanted from the experience and my hope to make camp affordable for all of the girls,” said Davis.
UC Davis stepped up, gave the team an unbeatable price and sent 13–15 college cheerleaders to help equip the Warriors cheer squad with the skills and knowledge they needed to not only be successful in high school, but also at a collegiate level.
Now that camp is over the squad is preparing for football season and the welcome back rally by piecing together the different dance segments, stunts and skills they learned during camp, while also adding in music and transitions.
This year is the largest cheer squad WHS has seen and the girls will be working hard to keep the crowds engaged and spirits up throughout the game while also providing a thrilling and skill packed halftime show.