The recreational cheerleading program at the Hopkins “Bobcat” Athletic Association, Inc. (HBAA) capped a successful season by receiving numerous awards at “The US Finals – The Final Destination” national cheerleading competition in Virginia Beach on May 1-2, according to a press release from HBAA.
More than 650 recreation and all-star teams competed in the event. Both the Minor team, with members ages 8-9, and the Junior team, with members ages 10-12, were crowned EAST Champions in their division at the event, the release says. The Flag team, with members ages 5-8, placed fifth out of nine teams and the Senior team, with members ages 12 to 14, placed third out of eight teams.
The Bobcat cheerleaders were undefeated at three age levels in local and state competitions during the season, which began in September 2009, the release says. All four of the Bobcat cheerleading teams qualified for the national event by receiving three first place bids and one third place bid at the ECDA Virginia State Championships on Nov. 8, 2009 at the VCU Siegel Center.
The true accomplishment for the HBAA cheerleaders was enduring months of extensive conditioning and practicing intricate routines, the release says. Families and members of the organization worked hard to send the cheerleaders to nationals, including conducting several fundraisers.
The girls are coached by a team of volunteers with more than 60 collective years of cheerleading and coaching experience, the release says. The team includes flag coach Christy Brown, flag coach Courtney Merriman, minor coach Kim Robinson, junior coach Shannon Harley, junior coach Kayla Hardy, senior coach Marcquel Miles and senior coach Cynthia Roberts. Miles is also the nonprofit program’s director.
“Words cannot express how proud I am to be a part of such a wonderful organization,” Miles says in the release. “We attribute our success on and off of the mat to our theme one team, one unit. We are one team within the Hopkins organization but building one unit within our community.”
Miles also notes her program’s core values of good sportsmanship, hard work and determination as the prevailing factors for her teams’ successes. HBAA is committed to developing and supporting league baseball, basketball, cheerleading, football and softball for youth in the Hopkins community, the release says.