Southington Cheerleaders attended a special cheer clinic run by the New England Patriots Cheerleaders on Saturday, Dec. 12.
Cheerleaders from Southington High School and the Southington Valley Midget Football League were selected after both teams raised $4,376 to support adult and pediatric cancer care and research at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. The money was raised through the third annual “Cheer for Dana-Farber presented by Walmart” fundraiser.
A total of 52 teams participated in the fundraiser from Aug. 1 through Nov. 27. Since its inception in 2013, Cheer for Dana-Farber has raised more than $200,000.
“Our team got involved because many of us know someone who has been affected by cancer,” said Heather Allenback, coach of the Southington High School Blue Knight Cheerleaders. “We wanted to expand our charitable giving as part of being on a community-based team. I believe it is important to promote civic-mindedness and kindness in young people.”
The Wakefield Warriors, Elite All-Stars, Shrewsbury High School, Sharon High School, Milton Jr. Wildcats, Georgetown Varsity Cheer, Melrose Youth Cheer and Marshfield Varsity and Junior Varsity Cheer were some of the other fundraising teams that were also invited to the clinic.
Prizes for Cheer for Dana-Farber were provided by Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Trustees, Robert and Daniel Kraft. The two trustees are longtime supporters of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and are also members of the Kraft family and the New England Patriots.
“We congratulate Southington High School and the Southington Valley Midget Football League Cheerleaders on their hard work and dedication in supporting our mission,” said Brenda Goodell, assistant vice president for event fundraising at Dana-Farber. “These young athletes are raising awareness in their local communities, while truly making a difference in the fight against cancer.”
For more about Cheer for Dana-Farber, visit www.cheerfordanafarber.org or search hash tag #cheerfordanafarber on Twitter.