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Little Tigers fill gym with cheers

By Wesley Ashton

Journal Reporter

Screams roar across the stadium floor, as Belton Tiger Varsity Cheer Team teaches over 130 pre-kindergarten through fifth grade students how to cheer like Tigers. 

The “Lil Tigers Cheer Camp” is a one day children’s camp hosted by Belton High School to help children learn how to motivate not only the crowd but themselves through cheer. 


Parents traveled from as far as Gatesville to bring their children to the annual event. 

The Rodarte family, who had one daughter attending the camp, said, “My daughter loves to cheer and dance. Going to the camp gives her a great opportunity to get an idea on how to be a cheerleader. It’s good that they get the exposure to something new. As a parent, I am really excited for Tuesday night’s performance. Plus, all of the proceeds go towards helping the Tigers varsity cheerleaders.”

The cheerleaders took to the gymnasium floor and began working immediately with assigned children. With dance instructions sounding from a pre-recorded audio tape, the children mirrored the movements of the varsity cheerleaders. 

“When I was a kid, I looked up to the cheerleaders. Now, I just want to set the example,” varsity cheerleader Dustin Adams said. “It makes my heart smile to be able to have children look up to me. Being able to cheer isn’t about us, it’s about motivating our peers. That’s exactly what the camp is about, inspiring and teaching the little girls. The camp is great, we enjoy teaching and the children enjoy learning. The best part is being able to see their faces light up when they cheer in front of the crowd at Tuesday night’s game.”

Many of the kids learn for the first time what it means to be a cheerleader.

The camp helps raise funds for the cheer program to offer scholarships to graduating seniors and for choreography used at competitions.

“Doing the cheer camp isn’t about what we get out of it, but the impression we leave on the community and school,” freshman varsity cheerleader Mallory Lane said.