Chazy The cheerleaders at Chazy Central Rural School are hoping Clorox will give them M-O-N-E-Y. What does that spell? It could be their future.
Chantal DuBrey, coach of the school’s varsity cheerleading program, is hoping to be awarded funding through Clorox’s “Power a Bright Future Program.” The program awards thousands of dollars in grants to competing projects and causes and, this year, will award four $25,000 grants and one $50,000 grant “to help fund important programs in schools that are vital for educational development.”
DuBrey said she came across the program when searching the Internet for grants made available to schools.
“I knew we would need financial assistance this season, so I decided to look into grants and the Clorox one appeared,” she said.
The school’s varsity cheerleading program — which cheers for the boys varsity basketball team — has been in dire financial straits for some time now, said DuBrey. The problem dates back at least a decade, Dubrey continued, noting that funding was an issue when she was on the team as a student from 2000 to 2005.
“I think because cheerleading is not viewed as a sport it gets, for lack of a better word, put on the back burner for funds in comparison to your typical high school sports like soccer, basketball, baseball, et cetera,” said DuBrey.
When filling out a description of the Chazy cheerleading program on Clorox’s website, DuBrey said the program is “slowly fading away.”
“Year after year the program seems to be getting less important to the school and unnoticed,” said the coach. “When I cheered it was a fairly big sport. We had a modified, JV and varsity team.”
That wasn’t the case when she returned to Chazy and applied for the team’s coaching position, said DuBrey.
“I found out that cheering was dropped down from a sport to a club and away games were no longer allowed because there were no funds to supply transportation,” said DuBrey. “This year the program was almost cut in its entirety because a lack of funding.”