Chazy Central Rural School's varsity cheerleading team is in need of funding, according to coach Chantal DuBrey, who is hoping to be awarded funding through Clorox’s “Power a Bright Future Program.”
continued DuBrey’s dream is to have funding for the program restored, but admits it will be an uphill battle given the financial challenges facing school districts like Chazy. However, Dubrey said she doesn’t want to lose the progress the program has made since she took over at its helm.
“I have found that technically and physically the team has improved,” she said. “We are now doing stunts, hard choreography, and even strength and conditioning skills. The girls now actually seem proud to be on the team and the atmosphere feels more like a team rather than individuals like it was the first year I coached.”
And, to continue to improve, it’s going to take money.
“Although the team has improved I do feel as if the program itself is declining do to a lack of funds,” said DuBrey. “We can’t travel, we don’t have matching uniforms, we don’t have a place to practice other than the hallway, and we can’t join other competitions because we don’t have the money to enter.”
“We have tried our own fundraising like Little Caesar’s pizza kits, bottle drives, and brochure fundraising, but none has acquired the amount of money we need to revamp the program,” she added.
That’s why it’s important to pursue financial support through avenues like the Clorox grant program, she said. The alternative might be a school without a cheerleading squad, she noted.
“I would be very upset if the program did not exist and I know my team would, too,” said DuBrey. “It allows them to feel like a part of the school and gives them a chance to show their school spirit.”
“If we do not get these funds our team, I believe, will be in jeopardy,” she added.