With the 4th of July rapidly approaching, I wanted to take a moment to celebrate our amazing country and everyone in it. With cookouts and parties planned for the weekend, you’re more than likely to see various fundraisers and events to help support your local community. We, at CheerZone, wanted to help highlight some of the ways that cheerleaders can become more involved in the community. Since you’ll be representing your school make sure to check with your coach and school officials before organizing any events in uniform or school gear.

Organize a Food Drive

While many will be celebrating with a large gathering of family and friends and an abundance of food, there are those that have little or no food of their own. Organizing a food drive can be a fun way to give back, get your team together and spend time creating eye catching flyers and post them around town to get the word out. At the end of the day, have a large gathering at the end of the day so you can announce how successful the drive was and celebrate with fun games for everyone to enjoy.  For a little extra flare, get competitive with a rival cheer squad to see who can collect the most for their charity!

Volunteer for (or Host) a Cheer Camp for kids

Coordinate with your coach to get a cheer camp put together for the younger kids. There are so many children who would love the opportunity to learn how to become a cheerleader. Charge a small fee to help raise money to go towards your team’s uniforms or donate the money to a local charity. Consider including t-shirts and rooter poms as little keepsakes for them to remember their experience and help create the full affect of what it means to be a cheerleader. Get ahold of your school’s football coach and find out when and where their scrimmages take place and see if you can give the kids the opportunity to cheer at one!

Visiting the Community

We know that life is busy and you can’t always plan a large event like a Food Drive or Kids Cheer Camp. Spread some cheer in places that might not always be so bright, by visiting nursing homes, hospitals, or homeless shelters. People staying in these places usually don’t receive too many visitors, taking the time out of your day will help put a smile on their face. Take some board games or playing cards to help to get the ball rolling,  you’ll enjoy the time spent playing games and talking with your new found friends. Even if some don’t express it, your presence is important and sharing your time with others will brighten their day.

Other Ways to Help

There are so many ways for you to give back to your community, it’s difficult for us to list them all.  Click here for a list of fundraising and community service ideas to help get you and your team talking about how you can become more involved. Remember to be courteous of your local veterans when setting off fireworks, and have a fabulous 4th of July!

-Julia Martinez

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