FOR THE LOVE OF SCIENCE
The Science Cheerleaders have been a Pop Warner partner for quite some time. These impressive women are professional cheerleaders from the NFL, NBA, NHL and college teams with careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). They playfully challenge stereotypes to inspire, engage, and empower girls to pursue their dreams in STEM. Their organization has utilized Pop Warner athletes in experiments such as sending microbes into space and setting a new Guinness World Record for the greatest number of cheerleaders simultaneously performing a cheer in 2011.
For the first time this year, amongst the Science Cheerleaders attending the National Championships is a former Pop Warner cheerleader. Sydney Record cheered with the Naples Hurricanes, from the Southeast region, from 2003-2011. Sydney didn’t stop cheering after Pop Warner, she continued throughout high school as well as while she attended college at Hartford. She also had the opportunity to cheer at NCA College Nationals. Sydney is very appreciative of the almost ten thousand dollars that she was awarded from the Pop Warner Little Scholars Scholarships during her years in Pop Warner.
Sydney is currently in her last year at Duke Medical School. She will become Dr. Record in the spring of next year. Her desire is to pursue a surgical residency specializing in breast reconstructive/oncology.
As if attending medical school is not enough, Sydney is cheering for the Carolina Hurricanes NHL team, once again she is a Hurricane! She is currently in her second season with the Hurricanes and was named Rookie of the Year her first season.
Sydney is grateful for her experience with Pop Warner and contributes her personal and professional accomplishments to lessons she learned while in the program. “I started young. I wasn’t the best flyer or tumbler, but I loved the sport. I set goals for myself, and I didn’t quit. I also learned that every member of the team is valuable. But most important I learned to KEEP SMILING.”
Welcome back to Pop Warner Sydney! Keep that beautiful smile going and we wish you the absolute best in your last year of medical school. Hope to see you next year at the National Championships.SOUTHEAST TUESDAY SPOTLIGHT
First time's the Charm! For the Palatka Panthers Jr. Varsity Sideline Cheer team it feels like a dream. They are the first from their area to make it to Nationals and are carrying the torch proudly. The coaches are so proud of this team of seven girls. The participants have really come together, not only as a team, but as a cohesive family group. It may have been easier to do since Jr. Coach Cira has a sister and cousin on the team. She is really enjoying the time spent with her family and other girls on the team. Coach Cira said, “ On a normal day, there are sisterly interactions, which allows back and forth conversation, but as a coach they have to put on their listening ears.” Coach Cira is a previous aged out cheerleader who has come back to help the team. Coming to Nationals with her team is the way she chose to spend her birthday. What a way to give back!
WESCON TUESDAY SPOTLIGHT
What a great group of coaches and athletes!
This is the West Covina Bruins First time coming to Nationals. They have been together for several years. This is their first year as a Pop Warner Team, and they have celebrated many firsts. Coming from the Wescon Region and scoring big back home the Bruins have been so very excited about their Pop Warner experience.
Coach Jasmin has lead these athletes in a positive direction with the help of her wonderful assistant coaches and were ready to hit the competition floor as soon as they arrived here at Nationals.
Congratulations to them on their 2nd place win here at Nationals.
EASTERN TUESDAY SPOTLIGHT
The Colonie Bantam team is a group of athletes who have cheered for Pop Warner for most of their lives. As they began to age out, many of them became Student Demonstrators and then Coach Trainees but they still missed the thrill of performing on the Pop Warner stage. When the rules changed last year, extending Pop Warner ages to 18, they knew this was a sign that they needed to give it one more shot. In house, they are known as C-4 (which initially just stood for Colonie Level 4 but is also a well-known explosive).
There are 10 on the team, one male and 9 female athletes. Of those 10 athletes, 5 are related (sisters and cousins). Every one of them has come through the Colonie Pop Warner program. 9 out of 10 do or have been active Student Demos or Coach Trainees for Colonie Pop Warner. The 2 head coaches for the team, Rachel Geissler and Rachael Blaine have been long-time coaches of these athletes. As well as being athletes on their Bantam team, the athletes also serve as youth coaches on Rachel and Rachael's younger teams. Jon Geissler, a team coach and also our Cheer Coordinator, is the husband of Rachel Geissler. This team is truly a family affair. As in any family, they
rarely make it through a practice without a quarrel and there are always lots of opinions when changes need to be made but, at the end of the day, there is nothing but love. These kids picked their own music and choreographed their own routine (with guidance from the adults). As some of them are aging out this year, this will be the last performance on a Pop Warner Nationals mat so they plan to leave it all on that mat. They are also leaving a rich legacy of dedication and commitment to Colonie Pop Warner.
WESCON MONDAY SPOTLIGHT
Coach Ashley and her team are from the Kailua Pop Warner in Oahu. These awesome girls have been together since they were 5 years old. This will be the last time that these girls will be cheering here at the Pop Warner Nationals. They will all be aging out and will be missing their Pop Warner Days, but are so thankful for their coach and their support staff that they have had throughout the years. Probably one of the hardest obstacles that the team has persevered through would be the time change from the Island to the mainland. But these athletes have done it all with a smile on their face and excitement that they couldn’t contain.
Each athlete was responsible for fundraising for their trip here. From the creative ways that they were able to earn money by , selling leis, cookie sales , dinners, these girls made it happen. They were so fortunate to have so much support from their communities, coaching staff and will be forever grateful for their time in the Oahu Pop Warner Cheer Program. Their efforts were successful...They are leaving Nationals with a 2nd place National Win!
We wish them all the very best on their next journey wherever life takes them.
NEW ENGLAND MONDAY HIGHLIGHT
New England Region would like to honor and express our gratitude to someone who has devoted an astounding 50 years of service to the world of cheerleading, Mrs. Ginger Perillo.
Cheerleading, as we all know, is much more than just a sport or an activity. It is a way of life. It is about teamwork, dedication, and perseverance. It is about lifting each other up, both metaphorically and quite literally, to achieve greatness. And for the past five decades, Ginger has embodied these values and instilled them in countless individuals, both young and old.
Through the highs and lows, Ginger has demonstrated her unwavering commitment and determination to Pop Warner. She has cheered from the sidelines of championship games, witnessed exhilarating victories, and provided comfort in moments of defeat. Ginger has been there, every step of the way, shaping the lives of many young cheerleaders.
As we mark this momentous occasion, let us remember to carry forward the values and principles that Ginger has imparted upon many. Let us continue to uplift those around us, support one another, and strive for greatness in all that we do.
It is with pleasure that I present Mrs. Ginger Perillo with this award to thank her for her fifty years of service to the youth of Pop Warner.
EASTERN MONDAY HIGHLIGHT
Canastota Pop Warner has been around for a lot of years. But their cheer program has never made the trip to the Pop Warner Cheer Championship - until this year.
Canastota Varsity Small Level 2 team of 7 is proud to carry the distinction of being the first cheer team from Canastota to move onto Nationals. Head Coach Lacey West expressed her deep appreciation to the entire community of Canastota for supporting these kids in their fundraising efforts.
Most of the kids on the team had never been on a plane before so this whole trip was a new experience for them. Although they were looking forward to the sunshine & the parks, the team remained focused on their goal - bringing their best performance to the mat.
Welcome to the 2023 Pop Warner Cheer & Dance Nationals!
Welcome back to the 2023 Pop Warner Cheer and Dance National Championships! Teams
from all eight regions will travel to Orlando, Florida to convene at the Orange County
Convention Center for the opportunity to be crowned National Champion. The largest
Nationals to date, with 597 performances, expect an action packed four days of cheer and
dance performances! Our athletes have been waiting for this opportunity since practice started
August 1st, and will strive to Reach for the Stars
Our home for the fourth year, the Orange County Convention Center has allowed practice,
warm up, performance and awards to all be in the same building, giving our athletes an
experience of a lifetime.
Be sure to check back often to learn about our Region highlight Teams and special heartwarming
stories about some of our athletes and coaches. We look forward to sharing our brightest stars
We thank you for your continued support of Pop Warner and look forward to seeing you in the morning for Day 1 of Competition with our Level 2 teams and Core Performances. Also be sure to check out our social media pages and tag us in your posts with #PopWarnerCheerAndDance.